Ballet Chesapeake to perform the Nutcracker




The magic of the holiday season will be brought to life as Ballet Chesapeake (formerly Harford Ballet Company) presents its performances of The Nutcracker, taking place Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 at 1 p.m. at Patterson Mill High School.


This year’s performances will feature Abby Stafford and Craig Hall from the New York City Ballet!  A timeless tradition for the entire family, Ballet Chesapeake’s The Nutcracker will captivate audiences with the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the evil Rat King in a sword duel and travel to the enchanted Land of the Sweets.  The beautiful Tchaikovsky score is easily recognized by all audience members and when combined with exquisite costumes, splendid scenery and radiant choreography, the experience will be one that is not forgotten.


“The dancing, the atmosphere – it all comes together to create an unforgettable outing to the theater and truly helps anyone get in the holiday spirit,” said Artistic Director Barclay Gibbs.  “The Nutcracker is such a magical journey and Ballet Chesapeake is delighted in continuing to bring the production to Northern Maryland.”


During the party scene in Act I, young guests are invited onstage to sit with Clara and experience Uncle Drosselmeyer’s magic up close.  Children are also invited to bring a donation of a new and unopened children’s gift onstage to place under Clara’s tree for the Aegis Empty Stocking Fund.  For more than 75 years, the Empty Stocking Fund has been helping to provide a brighter holiday season to underprivileged children throughout Harford County. Ballet Chesapeake is grateful to take part in such a wonderful cause.


Ballet Chesapeake, northern Maryland’s only pre-professional ballet company is proud to perform this classic production for the 15th year.  The company’s pre-professional division has grown to 22 members and along with breathtaking technique and artistry, the enchanting story of The Nutcracker is sure to charm young and old audiences alike.


Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at our website: or by calling 410-877-0777.  Ticket prices range from $17-$23 with advance purchase and $25 at the door.


Ballet Chesapeake’s The Nutcracker is supported in part by both the Maryland State Arts Council and Harford County Cultural Arts Board.


About Ballet Chesapeake

Ballet Chesapeake is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization overseen by an advisory Board of Directors who work with the artistic director and the company manager to provide administrative support for the Company. The Company’s annual season features two programs of classic favorites and new works, including the holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.


Ballet Chesapeake receives state arts funding through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board and constantly seeks financial backing for the valuable art of ballet through memberships, grants and personal and corporate donations.


About Dance Conservatory of Maryland

Now under the new ownership of Barclay Gibbs, the Dance Conservatory of Maryland is the premier classical and contemporary dance program in Harford County and the Northern Maryland region.  Headquartered at the 40-acre historic Millstad property on Whitaker Mill Road, three miles south of Bel Air, the 5,000 square foot facility houses the conservatory as well as the headquarters for Ballet Chesapeake.  A DCM dancer can perform professionally, earn scholarships to major professional schools, colleges and universities, and enrich the artistic and cultural life of the community.

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