The beauty, grace, and athleticism of dance will be spotlighted November 18 through November 21 when a magical holiday classic, The Nutcracker Ballet, comes to life in the Emma Kelly Theater.

Credit: Averitt Center

Delighting the Statesboro community for over a decade, The Nutcracker Ballet has become one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season.

Under the direction and choreography of Averitt Center Ballet Director Rebekah Harville Carlisle, the ballet features members from all age groups and skill levels, representing the Cotton Rose School of Dance at the Averitt and the Statesboro Youth Ballet. The magic of one of the most beloved holiday classics truly signals the Christmas season.

Tickets Available

Performances are at 7 p.m. on November 18th through November 20th and 3 p.m. on the 21st. Reserved seating is $25 for adults ($23 for Averitt members, military members or veterans, first responders, city and county employees) and $15 for students with ID.

To purchase tickets, visit the Box Office at the Averitt Center Main Gallery (open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday), call 912-212-2787 or purchase online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org/nutcracker-ballet.

Sponsored by Morris Bank and Jim & Betsy Nichols, the Nutcracker Ballet tells the story of Clara as she and the Nutcracker, given to her by Godfather Drosselmeyer, battle the Mouse King. Upon defeating the mice army, Clara is entertained by the Sugarplum Fairy as they travel through the Land of Sweets.

Mrs. Carlisle has choreographed a fantastic show using our local talent. 

Cast list

Mr. & Mrs. Stahlbaum: Emily and Brian Dowis

Party Parents: Kristin Leonard, Danielle Adams, Brooks Adams, Nichole Deal, John Parcels, Jan Meinhardt, Ben Hammett, Anastasia Brown, John Wiggins

Maids: Rebekah Carlisle, Darien Adams, Laural Boyles, Rebecca Nessmith

Godfather Drosselmeyer: Jason Evans

Clara: Tessa Salter – Understudy: Anna Kate Croft

Fritz: Kyler Williams

Odette and Odile Swan Dolls: Anne, Emma Lummus

Party Girl: Annabelle Carlisle, Addison Smith, Giovanna Spivey, Amaya Moore

Party Boy: Liley Ries Simonin, Chloe Weaver, Vasilisa Apanaskevich, Ava Cliett

Butler: Luke Wiggins

Baker: Brandon Adams

Rat King/Queen: Annie O’Neill – Understudy: Ana Grace Evans

Mice: Maybrie Leonard, Stella Salter, Rose Deal, Marley Tootle, Amastin Beggs, Anastasia Wilson, Ashley Beasley, Everley Skrine, Malcom Couillou

Rats: Emily Noel, Mason Meinhardt, Nadilie Olson, Maria Yanochik, Raegan Green, Rose Thompson, Cindy Rodriguez

The Nutcracker: Rebekah Carlisle

Soldiers: Annabelle Carlisle, Addison Smith, Liley Ries Simonin, Chloe Weaver, Amaya Moore, Giovanna Spivey, Ava Cliett, Vasilisa Apanaskevich, Gayle Hammett

Angels: Maybrie Leonard, Stella Salter, Rose Deal, Marley Tootle, Amastin Beggs, Anastasia Wilson, Ashley Beasley, Everley Skrine, Malcom Couillou

Soldier: Hadassa Spivey

Spanish Solo: Sarah Rawlins – Understudy: Abbie Gunder

Bulls: Annabelle Carlisle, Addison Smith

Arabian: Abbie Gunder (Peacock), Anna Kate Croft, Ana Grace Evans – Understudies: Sarah Rawlins, Annie O’Neil, Katherine Warner

Chinese: Emily Noel, Mason Meinhardt, Nadilie Olson, Maria Yanochik, Raegan Green, Rose Thompson, Cindy Rodriguez

Russian: Sarah Rawlins, Anna Grace Evans, Annie O’Neill – Understudies: Anna Kate Croft, Katherine Warner, Abbie Gunder

Marzipan: Anna Kate Croft, Katherine Warner, Abbie Gunder – Understudies: Sarah Rawlins, Anna Grace Evans, Annie O’Neill

Bon Bons: Annabelle Carlisle, Addison Smith, Amaya Moore, Ava Cliett, Vasilisa Apanaskevich, Chloe Weaver, Iley Reis Simonin, Giovanna Spivey
           

Mother Ginger: Kenneth Hoopaugh

Dew Drop Fairy: Annie O’Neill – Understudy: Anna Grace Evans

Flowers Corps: Anna Kate Croft, Sarah Rawlins, Abbie Gunder, Laural Boyles, Katherine Warner, Anna Grace Evans.

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