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The Nutcracker Ballet Comes to Frostburg for the Holidays
11/15/2001

The holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, comes to Frostburg on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. as a special gift from Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series. The performance will take place in the Beall High School Auditorium. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Combining the enchanting music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the magical story by E.T.A. Hoffman, the Nutcracker has delighted people of all ages for more than 100 years. This performance features the talents of the International Ballet Theatre, with award-winning dancers from Russia and the United States, as well as selected child dancers from the Frostburg Dance Academy and FSU Activities for Life Ballet, under the artistic direction of the acclaimed choreographer, Vladimir Shumeikin. The Theatre was formed to preserve the unique quality of the Russian School of Ballet and classical Russian ballet repertoire.

Exquisite costumes designed and created by Galina Ivanovna Shumeikina and settings ranging from a living room decorated for Christmas, complete with "growing" Christmas tree, to the glittering Land of Snow to the fantastic Kingdom of Sweets, add to the magical setting.

Set in the 19th century, the story opens at a Christmas party given by Dr. Stahlbaum and his wife. Their children, Clara and Fritz, eagerly await the arrival of Herr Drosselmeyer, Clara's godfather. After he finally arrives, he passes out toys to one and all, but Clara's gift of a toy nutcracker soldier is the best of all. The party ends, the guests leave and Clara falls asleep, dreaming of the toys coming to life. Her dream becomes a nightmare as the Christmas tree grows to an enormous size and giant mice battle soldiers in the living room. The Nutcracker, which has grown, too, battles the Mouse King to save Clara and emerges victorious, with a little help from Clara. The Mouse King's death breaks a magic spell, transforming the Nutcracker into a handsome prince. An older Clara and the Nutcracker travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are entertained by its magical inhabitants and dance. But then Drosselmeyer appears to escort Clara home, ending her wonderful Christmas fantasy. You and your family won't want to miss this special opportunity to see the grace and beauty of this holiday classic, performed by an internationally renowned ballet company as well as a bevy of talented local children.

Dinner theatre specials are available prior to the performance at the following dinner theatre partner restaurants: Fratelli's Italian Restaurant; Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant; JB's Steak Cellar; Leone's Italian Restaurant and Oxford House. Each special includes a uniquely designed meal with non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. Dinner theatre specials can be purchased through the CES Box Office. Tickets can be purchased at a cost of $15 for adults and $8 for children under 17.

For information and ticket purchases, and for dinner-theatre menu selections and reservation purchases, contact the FSU CES Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased in the Beall High School lobby one hour prior to the performance. All patrons must have a ticket, and all ticket sales are final.

This tour of "The Nutcracker" is presented in partnership with Windwood Theatricals, Beall High School, Frostburg Dance Academy and the FSU Activities for Life Ballet Program. Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts; Gehauf's Restaurant; and Henny's Lounge.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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