Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Production
The Nutcracker is an American holiday tradition and an opportunity for many dancers to experience performing in a ballet production for the very first time. It has become an annual holiday tradition in many American cities and even around the world. It is so popular that holidays are not complete without seeing The Nutcracker live.
The Nutcracker’s origin can be traced back to Russia in the late 1800’s where choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky created the ballet based on ETA Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. When Petipa became ill while choreographing the ballet, his assistant, Lev Ivonov, completed the choreography. The ballet was not highly received at its debut in St. Petersburg, Russia and not until 50 years later did it become an American Christmas icon.
In the 1900’s, touring Russian ballet companies brought the Nutcracker to the United States. Four years later, The Nutcracker was born as a full-length ballet when William Christiensen choreographed it for the San Francisco Ballet. In 1954, George Balanchine created his Nutcracker for the New York City Ballet which CBS televised in 1958, making ballet and specifically The Nutcracker, more accessible to American audiences.
American audiences loved The Nutcracker for the same reasons it was disliked in Russia, the participation of children in major roles for example, and the idealized Christmas eve scenario. The ballet depicted the tradition of having a family reunion, observing the holidays, all idealizing a close-knit family environment. Following suit of New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet, professional ballet companies and ballet schools across the United States created their own versions of The Nutcracker. Every year, ballet audiences troop to the theaters to relive the ballet’s Christmas magic, and every year, dance students, new and old cast members alike, come together to practice and perfect the ballet. Most versions of The Nutcracker share elements of ETA Hoffman’s original story and the use of Tchaikovsky’s music and many versions include roles for professional dancers and dance students.
In 2006, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre came up with its first full length staging of The Nutcracker held at the Waccamaw High School Auditorium in Pawleys Island followed by another performance at the Myrtle Beach High School Auditorium. CYBT's current production is set with elaborate sets and beautiful costumes and includes a cast of about 60 children coming from both the school and performing company. Every year since 2006, the CYBT cast members begin rehearsing from September through December, thus sharing in the Nutcracker legacy and the holiday magic it offers to audiences of all ages. It has become a cultural icon in the United States and a cornerstone in ballet repertoire reflecting our values of family, the holidays and magical splendor through ballet.
CYBT’s Nutcracker 2016 Performances:
December 10, Saturday at 7 PM
December 11, Sunday at 4 PM
December 14 – School Matinee at 10 AM
December 15 - School Matinee at 10 AM
December 16 - School Matinee at 10 AM
December 17, Saturday at 7 PM
December 18, Sunday at 4 PM
at Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium.
* General Admission: $25.00 | Early Bird Price until November 30th: $20.00
* Seniors [65 and older]: $18.00 (may be purchased online but must present an ID)
* CCU Faculty and Students: $18.00 (may be purchased online but must present an ID)
* Groups of 15 or more: $18.00
* Children [Ages 3 – 12]: $10.00
How to purchase your tickets:
By Phone: Call (843) 651-2006 or (843) 839-5678
In person at:
Coastal Dance Centre Studio at The Market Common
3070 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Coastal Dance Centre Studio in Murrells Inlet
3554 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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