PARKERSBURG – The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will present its annual performances of the holiday classic “Nutcracker” in December throughout the Central Valley of Ohio.
MOVB will perform the show on December 2 at Marietta High School Auditorium, December 4 at Ripley High School Auditorium, December 9 at Blennerhassett School Auditorium, and December 30 at Marietta High School Auditorium.
This special presentation is the Alumni 40th Anniversary Performance which will feature MOVB alumni.
All shows start at 7 p.m., except for the December 4 show at Ripley, which is a matinee performance at 2 p.m.
Reserved seat tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 15 and will be available at the MOVB offices, 1311 Ann St., Parkersburg, with box office hours Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. cost $15 for adults. and $8 for children under 18. Tickets are general admission for the December 4 show at Ripley and are available at Ravenswood Floral & Gifts, 512 Washington St., Ravenswood, and Evergreen Florists, 218 S. Church St., Ripley.
Tickets can be purchased in advance, in person only at MOVB Studios, otherwise tickets will also be available at the door for all shows. More information can be obtained by visiting the website at www.movballet.com.
The ballet brings beautiful fantasies, sugar plum dreams and waltz flowers to a wide audience. The MOVB has toured extensively in a four-state region since 1981, presenting the “Nutcracker” to an audience of more than 500,000, including thousands of public school children in West Virginia and Ohio.
The full classical version of the ballet was first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892. The original music was composed exclusively for the ballet by PI Tchaikovsky and the original choreography was set by M. Petipa and L. Ivanov.
Based on the book by ETA Hoffman, the ballet follows the dreams of a little girl named Clara. At the family’s Christmas party, her godmother Drosselmeyer gives her a mysterious gift, a Nutcracker, and her jealous little brother Fritz promptly breaks it.
As the guests leave, Clara quietly returns to the living room to see her new toy and falls asleep there. Her dreams take her through a fierce battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a visit to candy land where candy dancers perform for her, and finally a journey through the snow kingdom with snowflakes. swirling and dancing snow.
Bailey Gibeau will debut as Clara with Meggan Starcher as her sister, Clarissa. Keegan Marsh and Elliott Akeman will alternate the role of The Nutcracker Prince. Artistic director Suzy Gunter will portray Frau Drosslemeyer.
Dancers appearing in featured roles will include Jolene Troisi, Bethany Truax, Sarah Harvey, Mallory Thomas, Hallie Pierce, Rebecca Segrest, Emily Ashley, Amelia Auville, Violet Bevins, Liliana Parson, Helena Smith, Danae Tibbs and Emillia Weltner.
This season’s production will also feature guest artists and MOVB alumni Sarah Yoak as Sugar Plum Fairy and Owen Tidd as Horseman. They will be joined by 30 children from the Academy of Fine Arts MOVB, the official training school of the MOVB Company.