Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Dance Theatre will be presenting The Nutcracker on December 2, 3, & 4, at the Juneau Douglas High School Auditorium.
This year's production features guest artists, Elizabeth Murphy, principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Zachary Catazaro, principal dancer with the Cleveland Ballet. Highlights include beautiful costumes, scenery, and choreography by JDT’s Artistic Director, Zachary Hench.
Audiences may remember Murphy from the 2019 production. “We are honored to bring Liz back to Juneau to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy. Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the premiere professional ballet companies in the world”, says Hench. “We are excited to present these artists - ballet dancers of the highest quality - to our Juneau community.”
The story of The Nutcracker follows the journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Adventure unfolds when her nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince, and leads her through an enchanted forest to the Land of Sweets. There, Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy, who treats her to electrifying performances by dancers from across the land.
The Nutcracker cast includes more than 80 JDT students and adults, ranging in age from 5-78 years old. The 4-performance run will feature multiple casts, showcasing the vast talent within the school and providing many opportunities for dancers to shine in soloist and principal roles.
On December 2, prior to the start of public show times, JDT will present a free outreach performance for over 800 elementary students. “The Nutcracker is such a magical experience for people of all ages, and a wonderful introduction to dance. It is truly a joy to provide the gift of ballet, and the opportunity to see it – to children in Juneau.”
All performances are taking place at the Juneau Douglas High school auditorium.
The first showing is on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 PM; another two on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM; and on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 PM.
The Nutcracker performance length is about 1 hour and 45 minutes including one intermission. Tickets for reserved seating are available. JDT said advance purchase is strongly recommended; however, tickets will be available at the door.