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This holiday season join the New Bedford Youth Ballet on a journey back in time to New Bedford in the 1850’s…a time when New Bedford was described by Herman Melville as “perhaps the dearest place to live”…a time when New Bedford’s whale oil lit the world. The Youth Ballet will be performing A New England Nutcracker December 7th through the 15th at the NBB Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase St. in New Bedford.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score, the Youth Ballet will take you to a lush holiday party where Herman Melville is a guest, and Captain Ephraim Williams arrives home from a whaling trip to the delight of his guests. The Captain brings home not only dancing animals from around the globe, but tales of people from distant, exotic lands. After receiving a Nutcracker that her father purchased from a German sailor during his travels, Ephraim’s daughter, Mary, drifts off to sleep. The audience will accompany Mary on a magical dream, as she witnesses a battle with the Mouse Queen, sails through a flurry of Snowflakes, and finally arrives in the Land of Sweets, where she is entertained by dancers from all the exciting places described by her father. This unique and charming story is guaranteed to leave the audience filled with the warmth of the holiday spirit.
This original adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker ballet was created by Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault, director of the New Bedford Ballet, and features choreography by Ms. Waskiel, Erin Petitjean Allen, Lauren Knightly, and James Brown. The Youth Ballet’s production is a unique, shortened ballet, with narration, making it ideal for children of all ages.
Performance dates and times:
Saturday, December 7 at 1:30 and 3 PM
Sunday, December 8 at 1:30 and 3 PM
Friday, December 13 at 6:30 and 8 PM
Saturday, December 14 at 1:30 and 3 PM
Sunday, December 15 at 1:30 and 3 PM
$5 Seniors, Students, Children
Group Rates for Non-profit Organizations Available
This year’s performances have been sponsored by the Southeastern Development Company, LLC. All proceeds from the ballet support the New Bedford Ballet Foundation, a non-profit organization. For over 20 years, the New Bedford Ballet Foundation has granted numerous scholarships and given thousands of area school children and seniors the opportunity to witness the splendor and beauty of ballet.
With additional support from the Alves Chiropractic Center, the Youth Ballet will also be performing A New England Nutcracker for students from PACE Head Start, the Schwartz Center for Children, and the Kennedy Donovan Center, for patients and staff at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and for senior citizens from the New Bedford Council on Aging. What a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday season!
Tickets are limited and sell quickly, so reserve your tickets soon by contacting the New Bedford Ballet at 508-993-1387.
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