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BCA's Nutcracker 2013!

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Nutcracker

December 18 to 20 2013 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC

Join us December 18 at 6:30 and December 19 & 20 at 4:30 & 7:30 for BCA's holiday classic The Nutcracker. Featuring Blair Chamberlain as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sarah London as the Dew Drop Fairy, Christopher Lynn as the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer and talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division -- including Avery Sund as Clara -- this holiday classic includes over 100 performers, lavish sets and costumes, and timeless favorites like Waltz of the Flowers. There's even a classic battle between an army of Mice & Soldiers! Don't miss Clara's timeless adventures in a world of magic and beauty, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Tickets range from $12 to $25 and go fast -- call Diana Wortham Theatre at (828) 257-4530 or visit to reserve your tickets today.

Download the Nutcracker 2013 program.

The Nutcracker: The Greatest Holiday Classic

About The Nutcracker

Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Original Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Restaged by Wayne Burritt & Angie Lynn

First Presented December 18, 1892 at the Imperial Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Act I

The curtain opens to reveal the Stahlbaums' house, where a Christmas Eve party is under way. Clara, her little brother Fritz, and their mother and father are celebrating with friends and family, when Clara's mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer enters. He quickly produces a large bag of gifts for all the children. All are very happy, except for Clara, who has yet to be presented a gift. Herr Drosselmeyer gathers everyone around and tells the story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The children are fascinated. Herr Drosselmeyer then produces life-size dolls, which each take a turn to dance. When the dances are done, Clara approaches Herr Drosselmeyer asking for her gift. It would seem that he is out of presents, and Clara, while still quite happy, gently hints to Drosselmeyer that she would like a toy. Drosselmeyer then produces a Nutcracker, in the traditional shape of a soldier in full parade uniform. Clara is overjoyed, but her brother Fritz is jealous, and breaks the Nutcracker. The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaum family goes to bed. After everyone is asleep, Drosselmeyer summons her in a deep sleep. She awakens and finds herself in her living room, but it has changed. Suddenly, a giant Mouse King and his minions of mice appear and frighten Clara. But Drosselmeyer's magic is powerful. A handsome Nutcracker appears and protects Clara. Then Drosselmeyer transforms Clara living room and her Christmas tree and gifts begin to grow right before her eyes! Then the Nutcracker calls for his army of soldiers. A fierce battle ensues and the Nutcracker and his soldiers are victorious. Clara thanks the Nutcracker. Then, Drosselmeyer, four beautiful Jewel Angels, and small Angels with guiding candles usher Clara into a mysterious world of beautiful dancing Snowflakes. The curtain falls on Act I.

Act II

The Jewel Angels and small Angels arrive at the Kingdom of Sweets. They are greeted by the Dew Drop Fairy, a kind and beautiful fairy who rules the Kingdom. Drosselmeyer then arrives with Clara. In honor of Clara's heroic adventures, the Dew Drop Fairy presents her with a magical necklace. The Dew Drop Fairy then commands characters from the Kingdom of Sweets to perform several dances for Clara: a Spanish Dance, an Arabian Dance, a Chinese Dance, a Russian Dance, a Marzipan Dance, Mother Ginger's Dance, the Waltz of the Flowers, and the Grand Pas de Deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. After the Grand Pas de Deux, everyone dances a joyous Final Waltz. Drosselmeyer then appears for the last time and mysteriously transports Clara back to her house. She awakens out of her beautiful dream, safe and sound in her house, the Nutcracker in her arms.

Nutcracker 2013 Rehearsal & Show Schedule

Date Begin End Location/Notes
Sun 11/3/13 12:00 PM 1:30 PM Angels Cast 1 & 2 & Jewel Angels
Sun 11/10/13 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Act 1 Party
Sun 11/24/13 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Full Cast
Sun 12/8/13 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Full Cast
Sun 12/15/13 12:00 PM 12:50 PM Angels Cast 1 & Jewel Angels
1:10 PM 2:00 PM Angels Cast 2 & Jewel Angels
2:00 PM 5:00 PM Full Cast
Unless otherwise noted, all the following rehearsals and events are at DWT.
Mon 12/16/13 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Angels Cast 1 & Jewel Angels
4:00 PM 4:00 PM Cast 1 & 2 Call
4:00 PM 8:30 PM Spacing Rehearsal FULL CAST
7:30 PM 7:30 PM Release everyone except PPIs/PPAs
Tue 12/17/13 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Angels Cast 2 & Jewel Angels
4:00 PM 4:00 PM Cast 2 Call
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage
5:30 PM 8:30 PM Dress Rehearsal Cast 2
7:30 PM 7:30 PM Release everyone except PPIs/PPAs
Wed 12/18/13 4:00 PM 4:00 PM Cast 1 Call
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage
6:00 PM 6:00 PM Angels Cast 1 Call
6:30 PM 8:15 PM Performance Cast 1
Thu 12/19/13 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage
3:30 PM 3:30 PM Remaining Cast 1 Call
4:00 PM 4:00 PM Angels Cast 1 Call
4:30 PM 6:15 PM Performance Cast 1
6:30 PM 6:30 PM Remaining Cast 2 Call
7:00 PM 7:00 PM Angels Cast 2 Call
7:30 PM 9:15 PM Performance Cast 2
Fri 12/20/13 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage
3:30 PM 3:30 PM Remaining Cast 2 Call
4:00 PM 4:00 PM Angels Cast 2 Call
4:30 PM 6:15 PM Performance Cast 2
6:30 PM 6:30 PM Remaining Cast 1 Call
7:00 PM 7:00 PM Angels Cast 1 Call
7:30 PM 9:15 PM Performance Cast 1
Sat 12/21/13 11:30 AM 1:00 PM Cast Party at BCA