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ITHACA, N.Y. —  – Magical toys, dancing snowflakes and belly dancers, all topped off with visions of sugarplums dancing on the stage! It must be time for the holiday tradition of the Ithaca Ballet’s Nutcracker at the State Theater! This year, the Ithaca Ballet brings The Nutcracker to the State Theatre December 9-11.  Once again, the Friday evening performance at 7:30 will be particularly magical because it features the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evan Evan Meccarello playing the familiar Tchaikovsky score live.

The Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 PM.

There are 70+ dancers in the Nutcracker, key dancing roles from the Ithaca Ballet company but many are guest dancers from the Ithaca community and beyond, with many guest children who train with the Ballet Center of Ithaca. This year, the role of Clara is being played by company dancer Martha Erickson,  Ithaca Ballet alumnus, Trenton Loughlin-Weidemann, returns to Ithaca to portray the Nutcracker and the Snow King. Senior company dancer Alison Ke debuts as the Snow Queen, and guest Alumni Keara Soloway as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Kevin Olmstead the Sugar Plum Cavalier.

In the gorgeous Waltz of the Flowers, Senior dancer Raina Freedman dances the role of the Dewdrop Fairy. Finally,   Allen MacNeill and Wayne Van Camp return in the roles of the magical Herr Drosselmeyer and the comical Mouse King respectively. Cindy Reid is the Artistic Director of the Ithaca Ballet.

Choreographed by Lavinia Reid, the Ithaca Ballet’s Nutcracker is a treat for the whole family and a Finger Lakes tradition. The Nutcracker is truly a team effort and a community treasure.

Children of all ages will delight in Clara’s victory over the mice and her voyage to the Land of Sweets.

Tickets prices range from $10 to $21 and are available at the State Theatre box office, online at http://www.stateofithaca.com/, or by calling 277-8283.  Principal Sponsor is CFCU: Community Credit Union, Major Sponsors are Cayuga Radio Group, WSKG, Travis Hyde Properties, Wegmans and many other corporate sponsors.

This spring brings the Ithaca Ballet premiere of the classical, full length Sleeping Beauty.

Founded in 1961, The Ithaca Ballet, housed at the Ballet Center of Ithaca, is Upstate New York’s only repertory company. The ballet is a professional ensemble corps, having a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works.  The website is: www.ithacaballet.org.