Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 6th
Rehearsal and Scheduling
Ballet Theatre Company's 2013 Rehearsal Calendar for The Nutcracker
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Ballet Theatre Company's The Nutcracker
What to Expect
Welcome to Ballet Theatre Company’s 12th Annual production of The Nutcracker. Again this year, BTC is excited to welcome back Roman Baca as Artistic Director for our 2013 production. Roman Baca is also Artistic Director for the New York City based Exit 12 Dance Company and has been a member of the Ballet Theatre Academy (BTA) faculty for 5 years. Roman will again be joined by Ballet Mistresses Lisa Fitzgerald, Lauren Sembersky, and Kate Sulikowski, and our Executive Director, Tracy Dorman who together along with the entire BTC staff will work hard to ensure that all dancers have a fun and rich artistic experience.
This team is surrounded by a dedicated group including active BTC Board of Directors and parent volunteers. Yet with all of this help there are still many exciting opportunities in which you, your family members, and others you know may participate in the successful delivery of BTC's 2013 production of The Nutcracker.
BTC is a 501c3 not for profit organization and similar to other dance companies ticket sales and other fees only cover 50% of the overall estimated production costs of $120,000. In order to fill the gap, we want to work with each of you in a way that is best for you and your family. Over the years BTC has discovered that the ways in which our families participate in the production vary greatly. For those families who want to be an active part of our production, behind stage, watching their children and their excitement we offer many volunteer opportunities during a performance including chaperones, costuming, boutique sales, box office sales, stage hands, ushers, and other roles. If you are interested in getting to know some of our Nutcracker professional dancers, BTC also provides an opportunity for dancer families to house professional dancers in their homes during performance week.
We also have great opportunities for those of you with strong connections in the greater Hartford Area to help boost organization fundraising, and program advertising and sponsorships. The 2012 BTC Nutcracker production reached over 2,000 people who while enjoying this professionally produced production also had the great opportunity to look through our Nutcracker program guide and view our sponsors and advertisers. In addition, BTC also posts each advertiser on our website with a link back to the advertiser’s website.
BTC also provides an opportunity for families who enjoy reaching out to others they know through the sale of Lyman Orchards Pies, Taste Books, and other direct fundraising activities. We also have those families who are simply just interested in making a direct donation to the production and for those persons, please feel free to reach out to Lisa or Doug at any time. In the end, we need each family to actively participate in some way in order to have a successful, artistic, and entertaining production.
BTC will not be performing at the Hyde Cultural Center this year.
More information will follow shortly. In the meantime, of you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of us at any time. If you have a general question, please feel free to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-570-0440.
We hope you enjoy BTC’s 2013 The Nutcracker performance season as much as all of us. We work very hard and enjoy the excitement of watching your children and many others deliver a professional and entertaining performance of this wonderful holiday classic.
BTC's The Nutcracker Team
The Nutcracker Story
The Nutcracker story begins in a workshop where Colonel Drosselmeyer, an old war Veteran, is putting the finishing touches on a very special gift for Clara von Stahlbaum, his goddaughter. He has learned to make dolls that magically come alive, but only on very special nights and for only one dance.
Each year a Christmas Party is hosted by the von Stahlbaum’s, their son Fritz, and thirteen year old daughter Clara. On this snowy Christmas Eve night Colonel Drosselmeyer is accompanied by his nephew, Alexander, who has chosen to follow in Colonel Drosselmeyer’s footsteps as a soldier and is planning to leave and defend his country.
Soon the party is in full swing with adults enjoying laughs and children opening gifts. Fritz is full of mischief and brandishes a small mouse to frighten the young girls at the party.
When Colonel Drosselmeyer appears with his nephew, the children immediately lose interest in their gifts. The Colonel entertains the children with magic tricks, after which he presents Clara with the magical wooden Nutcracker Soldier Doll. However, Clara only has eyes for the dashing young soldier Alexander. The other children beg for Colonel Drosselmeyer’s famous magical dolls. He obliges with two large gift boxes and from each a magical doll appears. The dolls dance and soon exhaust their magic. Alexander then dances for the guests and Clara begins to notice the resemblance between him and her Nutcracker Soldier Doll. Then, to her dismay, her brother Fritz mischievously takes it from her.
Colonel Drosselmeyer returns the Nutcracker Soldier Doll to Clara and captivates the children with a glorious tale of valor. The evening grows long, glasses are soon empty, and the children’s jaws are agape with tired yawns. The guests bid goodnight and the maids hurry everyone off to bed and blow out the flickering flame of the last Christmas candle.
Colonel Drosselmeyer quietly returns to cast a magical spell. Holding her Nutcracker Doll, Clara falls asleep on the couch near the great Christmas tree. Fritz’s mouse, who is now large as life, returns with some friends to steal the Nutcracker from Clara. Colonel Drosselmeyer returns to reveals that the Nutcracker Soldier Doll is actually Alexander, the Nutcracker Prince. A great battle erupts between the Nutcracker’s army and the regiment of mice.
Following the battle, Clara, The Nutcracker Prince, and the Snow Angels are met at the far edge of the Land of the Snow by The Sugar Plum Fairy. She rewards them for their bravery with a medal and a crown and leads them into the Kingdom of the Sweets. They are presented with dancing delicacies from exotic destinations: Chinese Tea, Spanish Chocolate, Russian Tyanuchka, Arabian Coffee, Marzipan, and Ginger Candies. Clara and The Nutcracker Prince are delighted, and after all the dances, they wave goodbye and climb into a sleigh to journey home.
Back at home, Clara sleeps on the couch in the parlor dreaming about her wonderful journey. Alexander enters and gently places the Nutcracker doll by her side and then leaves to defend his country.