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Fig is thrilled to promote the Brandywine Ballet holiday production of The Nutcracker. It’s a meaningful, beautiful, and inspiring performance that continues the tradition of providing West Chester with an incredible experience during the holiday season.
We recently chatted with Heather Conboy, Marketing & Development Manager at Brandywine Ballet, to get details on why you can’t miss this special event.
Fig: What makes this show something the community should be excited for this year?
Heather: “Brandywine Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in West Chester for over 30 years. Each year it continues to grow as we feature new dancers, updated choreography, and new or revitalized costumes, sets, and props. There is always something to look forward to at The Nutcracker that will put you and your family in the holiday spirit.”
What is the background to the story?
“The story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll is a classic tale that many already know and love. After her family’s Christmas Eve party, Clara falls into a dream where mice and soldiers battle, and her Nutcracker doll defends her from the evil Mouse King. Slowly, snow begins to fall, and Clara is amongst the Snow Queen & King and what appears to be hundreds of dancing snowflakes. She is directed to the magical Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where dancers from all over the world entertain her. It is a joyful tale that holds something special for all ages. Tchaikovsky’s timeless score helps dancers and audience members alike to ring in the holiday season.”
Is there something new about this show that you think attendees will love?
“This year, Brandywine Ballet is proud to present a number of brand new, custom-made costumes for The Nutcracker including: Sugar Plum Fairy & her Cavalier, Waltz of the Flowers, Candy Canes, and Angels. We are thrilled to be able to debut these costumes this year, thanks to the generous donors who contributed to our Nutcracker Costuming Fund. They add some additional excitement and sparkle to an already wonderful performance!”
Could you explain a bit about what attendees will expect?
“The performance itself is approximately 2 hours in length, including a 15-minute intermission. It is held at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall on West Chester University’s campus. Tickets are still available for our second weekend of performances, and can be bought online at www.brandywineballet.org, or by calling the box office at 610-696-2711. We hope to see you and your family at The Nutcracker!”