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Get a Behind the Scenes Look at American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker November 18, 2011

PRINCETON, NJ – American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a family holiday tradition since 1963, gracing stages across New Jersey with the classic story of Clara, her beloved Nutcracker and their journey through the Kingdom of Sweets.  While you enjoy the show from the audience, do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes, or who the Sugar Plum Fairy is in real life?

“Inside The Nutcracker,” an American Repertory Ballet On Pointe Enrichment Series program, will answer your questions about the making of ARB’s Nutcracker.  ARB launched On Pointe in 2010 to help make ballet more accessible to the community.  The Enrichment Series brings guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, intimate company performance previews and panel discussions to seasoned dance enthusiasts and new students alike on a monthly basis.  “Inside The Nutcracker” will be held at the Princeton Ballet School, located at 301 N. Harrison Street in Princeton, NJ (right above McCaffrey’s Market) at 5:15pm on Friday, November 18, 2011.

At “Inside The Nutcracker,” Company Director Douglas Martin will lead a discussion with the dancers of ARB about all the work in the studio and backstage that brings The Nutcracker to life year after year.  From costumes and brand new sets to choreography and rehearsals, the audience at this On Pointe event will glean a special understanding of the creative forces behind this traditional performance.  We hope you will join us as we take a look “Inside The Nutcracker”!

This year, American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker brings the beloved classic to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning new sets designed by Carl Sprague, thrilling choreography, and a cast of over 100 performers.

Directed by Company Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl and how a mysterious gift brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes.  Performances will be November 25-27 at McCarter Theatre, December 3 at TD Bank Arts Centre, December 10 at Patriots Theater, and December 17-18 at State Theatre. ARB's 49th Annual Nutcracker Season is sponsored in part by Covance.

About American Repertory Ballet
American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs.  The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the newly launched On Pointe series.  The professional company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today.  The company is now in its 37th Season and is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet.  The company's rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig.

ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council.  ARB was voted People's Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008.