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Harford Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker returns Dec. 14 and 15

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Nothing quite announces the advent of the holiday season as much as hearing that The Nutcracker is coming back to town. And this year, the magic of the holidays will be brought to life as Harford Ballet Company presents its performances of The Nutcracker, on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m. at Aberdeen High School.

And according to our good friends at Harford Ballet Company:

This year’s performances will feature New York City Ballet principal dancers Rebecca Krohn and Ask la Cour. A timeless tradition for the entire family, Harford Ballet Company is honored to have such incredible artists join the cast of The Nutcracker this holiday season!

Harford Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker will captivate audiences with the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the evil Rat King in a sword duel and travel to the enchanted Land of the Sweets. The beautiful Tchaikovsky score is easily recognized by all audience members and when combined with exquisite costumes, splendid scenery and radiant choreography, the experience will be one that is not forgotten.

“The dancing, the atmosphere – it all comes together to create an unforgettable outing to the theater and truly helps anyone get in the holiday spirit,” said Executive Director Barclay Gibbs.

“The Nutcracker is such a magical journey and Harford Ballet Company is delighted in continuing to bring the production to Northern Maryland.”

During the party scene in Act I, young guests are invited onstage to sit with Clara and experience Uncle Drosselmeyer’s magic up close.

Children are also invited to bring a donation of a new and unopened children’s gift onstage to place under Clara’s tree for the Aegis Empty Stocking Fund. For more than 75 years, the Empty Stocking Fund has been helping to provide a brighter holiday season to underprivileged children throughout Harford County.

Following the Sunday performance, the Harford Ballet Company will host the Gala Nutcracker Tea Party.

Guests will have an opportunity to meet Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and several other characters from the show in a magical atmosphere similar to the performance. Children will have the opportunity to have photographs taken with the ballet’s characters and receive autographs from their favorite performers.

Refreshments will include holiday cookies and treats as well as freshly brewed tea and coffee.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the Harford Ballet Company’s website, or by calling 410-877-0777. Ticket prices range from $17-$23 with advance purchase and $25 at the door.

Tea Party tickets are $7, advance purchases only.

The timeless and enchanting story of The Nutcracker is sure to charm young and old audiences alike.

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