Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan Presents The Nutcracker at Wharton

CREATED Oct 10, 2012

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October 2012 - The Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan is preparing for the 32nd annual Nutcracker Ballet. Performances will take place at the MSU Wharton Center Friday, November 23rd and Saturday November 24that 7:30 p.m., and again Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m.  A special show for school groups will be offered Monday November 26th.  Tickets are on sale online at or by phoning 1-800-Wharton.


“This Nutcracker production is a momentous occasion for Children’s Ballet Theatre, as well as our audiences,” said Board Chair Caryn Rhodes.  “For decades, fans have come from miles away to see our dancers perform.  It’s a special time for all of us to enjoy the magic, pageantry and holiday excitement of this beloved classic.”


Special Nutcracker events before the show will include Breakfast with Clara at the University Club and a Nutcracker story time at Schuler Books.


The Nutcracker, is being produced and directed by Gregory M. George.  The classical ballet in two acts, based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, was first performed in St. Petersburg Russia in 1892.  It follows the enchanting journey of young Clara, who receives a Nutcracker as a gift at a Christmas Eve party. Her nutcracker is ultimately transformed into a handsome young prince, who leads her through a forest to the Land of Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. Among the ballet’s most famous and memorable moments are a battle between toy soldiers and overgrown mice, a Christmas tree that grows to huge heights, the pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and a shimmering snow scene. Mr. George has created another original prologue which will include an outdoor Victorian winter street scene.


CBT is a premiere audition based company comprised of 51 dancers ages 8-18 who reside in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Jackson, Shiawassee and other outlying Counties. Ten of these dancers are graduating high school seniors. The Nutcracker will feature twelve guest dancers from the Children’s Miracle Network.