The Brandon Ballet will present four performances of "The Nutcracker," featuring new choreography by Octavio Martin, the company's artistic director.
Show dates for the seasonal ballet, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, are Dec. 8 and 9. The production features local dancers, professional dancers, lavish costumes and scenery "and a score that will leave audiences dazzled," according to a company events announcement.
The ballet tells the story of Clara, a little girl on the eve of Christmas, who receives from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer a wonderful gift — a wooden toy nutcracker. The toy leads Clara on a magical journey through an enchanted winter wonderland, with wondrous dancing snowflakes and the elegant Snow Queen, then on to the Land of the Sweets, where Clara meets the regal and majestic Sugar Plum Fairy.
" 'The Nutcracker' is suitable for the entire family and is a great way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical ballet," the announcement notes.
If You Go:
Show dates are:
- Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The venue is the:
- Spoto High School auditorium in Riverview, at 8538 Eagle Palm Drive
The cost is:
- $25 for adults
- $15 for children age 18 and under
- $20 for adults age 55 and up
- Tickets are available online or by calling 813-684-4282.
About The Brandon Ballet
- The Brandon Ballet, in residence at The Dancer Centre in Brandon, at 161 East Bloomingdale Ave, has grown to include 38 dancers at varying levels.
- Its mission is to make the performing arts accessible to the Central-West Florida community by offering tickets to performances at affordable prices.
- Founded in 1993, Brandon Ballet is a nonprofit regional ballet company that develops and promotes opportunities for aspiring young dancers. By offering a superior training program and two major performances each year, the Brandon Ballet helps serious dancers broaden their dance experiences.