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The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) production of “The Nutcracker” is an eagerly anticipated Winston-Salem holiday tradition. During a “normal” year, this professional-caliber production of Tchaikovsky’s world-famous “The Nutcracker” ballet draws around 10,000 people to the streets of downtown and to UNCSA’s Stevens Center during its ten-show run.
How To “Attend” During The Time Of COVID
In 2020, the show must go on, despite COVID-19 limitations! The school is pulling together all of the talent from its many departments (dance, design, production, filmmaking, and music) to create a 30-minute version of this top-notch production for on-demand, home viewing. It will be available December 17-25, 2020. More information about how to book your seat will be available soon.
You can also support the school and its talented students by “attending” the Nutcracker Opening Night Virtual Gala on December 12, 2020.
A First-Rate Production
Stunning sets, exquisite costumes, phenomenal dancing and special effects make this a top-notch production and a favorite of families and lovers of the arts. Audiences are dazzled by falling snow, rolling fog, and an enormous expanding fiber optic Christmas tree.
UNCSA’s production is the only “The Nutcracker” performance in the Triad to be accompanied by a live orchestra (even virtually!). Jared Redick, Interim Dean of Dance, will serve as the production’s Director. This new show will be choreographed by Ilya Kozadayev, conducted by Karin Hendrickson, and narrated by Rosemary Harris, an award winning actress.
Virtual Performance Dates
Join the Nutcracker Prince, Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy for this holiday classic! The virtual performance schedule for the UNCSA production of “The Nutcracker” is: December 17-25, 2020.
Kick-off Event (not this year)
In normal years, there is a FREE ticket kick-off event in late September that is held at the Stevens Center. It features children’s activities, crafts, face painting and photo opportunities with characters from “The Nutcracker.” During the event, tickets may be purchased at a discount. Prizes are commonly awarded to lucky attendees, including free tickets for early comers and even a backstage tour on the evening of the winner’s chosen performance.
Ticket prices have not been announced yet for the streaming event. Tickets went on sale to season ticket holders On December 7, 2020. Stay tuned for more details on how to order general tickets for this exciting event for the whole family:
For more information visit www.uncsa.edu/nutcracker or call the Box Office at 336-721-1945.
Normal Location (2020: Streaming)
UNCSA’s Stevens Center
405 W. Fourth Street
Downtown Winston-Salem, NC 27101
What do you love most about this holiday tradition, even in 2020?
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