Camden - Camden Opera House - Atlantic Ballet Company presents the Nutcracker at the Camden Opera House. For tickets and info: 207-236-7963 www.atlanticballetcompany.org
Portland - Merrill Auditorium - Maine State Ballet - Maine State Ballet presents its perennial holiday favorite Nutcracker at Portland's Merrill Auditorium. The nationally acclaimed company estimates that over 150,000 people have joined the audience throughout over 200 performances, a record for the Portland area.
Before bringing her talents to Maine, artistic director Linda MacArthur Miele danced in at least 500 Nutcracker performances with New York City Ballet. At age 14, she was the youngest dancer ever to join George Balanchine's legendary company. Even earlier, as a 13-year-old NYCB apprentice, she danced in 50 performances at New York's Lincoln Center. With Maine State Ballet's 20 seasons, her Nutcracker tally has risen to over 700 performances.
Even Maine State Ballet's Christmas tree holds a record. Towering 40 feet above the mouse battle below, the tree is the tallest ever on Merrill Auditorium's stage. Full-scale Nutcracker productions require a large number of dancers, many of them children; this year more than 200 Maine State Ballet dancers and students from Maine State School for the Performing Arts will participate in one or more performances. With just the right combination of glitter and glow, Maine State Ballet hopes to set yet another record this year, for Most Holiday Cheer.
Maine State Ballet Artistic Direction: Linda MacArthur Miele
Choreography: Linda MacArthur Miele, George Balanchine
Sets and Costumes: Gail Csoboth
Maine State Ballet Orchestra Conductor: Karla Kelley
Tickets available in at the Merrill Auditorium box office or call PortTix at 207-842-0800. Order online at www.porttix.com or www.mainestateballet.org .
Portland - Merrill Auditorium - www.portlandballet.org
Portland Ballet proudly presents "The Victorian Nutcracker," its version of the classical ballet set in Portland's Victorian Era with sets, costumes and characters inspired by
local historical figures. The cast of 100 is comprised of professional dancers, guest artists and children from the Portland School of Ballet. For 27 years, "The Victorian
Nutcracker" has delighted audience members and critiques alike. Jennifer Brewer of the Portland Press Herald wrote "Megan Buckley was one of the finest Sugar Plum Fairies this
stage has ever seen. She performed with complete mastery of both the technical demands of the role and the musical subtleties that raise a performance from lovely to
sublime." With beautiful music from the Portland Symphony come see for yourself what makes Portland's own "Victorian Nutcracker" truly sublime!
of performances: December 8th 2:00pm & 7:30pm, 9th 2:00pm
Tickets available in at the Merrill Auditorium box office or call PortTix at 207-842-0800. Order online at www.porttix.com