Holiday classic to feature largest children’s cast in company’s history; Baltimore School for the Arts Alumnus
Ballet Chesapeake proudly announces its upcoming performances of “The Nutcracker” at Towson University’s Stephens Hall Theatre (7900 Stephens Ave.) on Saturday, December 14 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m.
“The Nutcracker” ballet is a classic holiday performance dating back to an original Russian premiere in 1892, with a breathtaking score by world-renowned composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Ballet Chesapeake’s 2019 production, complete with grand-scale backdrops and new Maryland flag-themed soldier costumes, is sure to delight guests of all ages.
Thanks in part to a recent move to the Boulevard at Box Hill in September 2019, auditions for this year’s production were larger than ever before.
“We had more than 75 children from studios throughout northern Maryland audition this year,” says Kaitlin Weber, executive director of Ballet Chesapeake. “It’s the largest class we’ve ever had – and we’re excited for each and every one of them to get the chance to perform. We don’t like turning aspiring young dancers away,” she says.
Anastasia Bekker, a senior at Edgewood High School enrolled in the International Baccalaureate magnet program, will dance the “Snow Queen” role. Bekker, 17, of Abingdon, has danced with Ballet Chesapeake since she was four-years-old.
“Anastasia has danced with us her whole life,” says Barclay Gibbs, Ballet Chesapeake’s artistic director. “She’s put in a ton of hard work and dedication, and we’re excited to see her come alive as our ‘Snow Queen’ on stage in December,” she says.
Special guests for this year’s performances are Nardia Boodoo, who will perform as the Sugarplum Fairy, and Andile Ndlovu, her Cavalier counterpart. Both are visiting from the renowned Washington Ballet. Boodoo, a Baltimore native, is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, who went on to earn scholarships to attend prestigious dance schools including the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow and the North Carolina School for the Arts.
Guests of Ballet Chesapeake’s performances are invited to give back to their community by bringing new, unwrapped gifts to support Toys for Tots. Donation boxes will be positioned throughout the venue for attendees to donate a gift for children in need. Tickets go on sale October 11 and can be purchased by visiting www.balletchesapeake.org or calling 410-877-0777. Ticket prices range from $19.00 – $25.00 in advance; $30.00 at the door.
Ballet Chesapeake is supported in part by state arts funding through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board and seeks financial backing for the valuable art of ballet through memberships, grants and personal and corporate donations.
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, the Harford County Government Office of Economic Development 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.