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FSU Cultural Events Series Offers Special Matinee Performance of "The Nutcracker" with the International Ballet Theatre

Due to popular demand, the Frostburg State University Cultural Series will offer a special matinee performance of "The Nutcracker," starring the International Ballet Theatre of Russia, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre. The evening shows scheduled for Nov. 26 and 27 are sold out. Dinner Show Packages and Arts Getaway Packages are available with the Wednesday matinee and Dinner Show Packages can be added to existing ticket purchases for the evening performances.

The timeless story of a little girl's Christmas fantasy, "The Nutcracker" begins as Clara celebrates the holiday with family and friends. At the party, the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer gives her a Nutcracker doll. As she sleeps, she dreams of a battle between toy soldiers and giant mice, which ends when her Nutcracker comes to life as a handsome prince and defeats the Mouse King. Transformed into a princess, Clara accompanies her Nutcracker prince to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets, where the couple is lavishly entertained by exotic dancers representing countries around the globe. Eventually the dream ends, leaving Clara with wondrous memories.

Conceived by choreographer Marius Pepita and based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman, "The Nutcracker" is especially renowned for the score by the Russian master composer, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Lavish costumes and elaborate sets, combined with the talents of an international ensemble of award-winning dancers, bring artistic Director Vladimir Shumeikin's version of this classic to life in the grand Russian tradition of classical ballet, enlivened by contemporary style but dedicated always to beauty and elegance.

The Arts Getaway Package for two offers accommodations at LaVale's Best Western Braddock Motor Inn or the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. Included with one night's stay is breakfast and dinner for two, a special welcome gift at check-in, round-trip transportation between the hotel and FSU's Performing Arts Center and two preferred seating tickets for "The Nutcracker."

Dinner Show Packages offered by seven area restaurants, including complimentary transportation, are available to transform the ballet performance into a special occasion. Participating restaurants include the Acropolis Restaurant & Lounge, El Canelo Mexican Restaurant, Gandalf's Restaurant & Pub, Gehauf's Restaurant, Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant, Harrigan's Restaurant and the Tombstone Café.

Reservations for the Arts Getaway Package should be made by Thursday, Nov. 22, and payment must be made in advance. Reservations for the Dinner Show Package must be made by Monday, Nov. 25. Patrons pay the restaurant of choice after the completion of their meal.

For ticket and package prices and purchases, call or visit the CES Box Office, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office is located at Frostburg State University in the Lane University Center, Room 235, and can be reached at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Tickets for the Wednesday matinee can also be purchased online at Visit the website to select a seat, view the stage from that seat, and purchase the seat selection.

The 2002-2003 CES 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. Presented in partnership with Windwood Theatricals and the FSU Division of Performing Arts, "The Nutcracker" is sponsored by Days Inn and Suites.

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:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589