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Artistic Director Gil Boggs, principal dancer Dana Benton and soloist Francisco Estevez talk about The Nutcracker on 9News' Colorado & Company.
KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
This is an interview with Colorado Ballet dancer Sarah Tryon about dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. The video includes rehearsal footage of Sarah Tryon, Luis Valdes and Emily Dixon.KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker
Last season, Colorado Ballet sold out 22 of the 24 performances of The Nutcracker and tickets are selling even faster this season, so we encourage our patrons to buy tickets before we run out of inventory.
Also, as the number of sold out Nutcracker performances grows each year, so do the number of ticket resellers, so we want to caution our patrons when they are looking to buy Nutcracker tickets. Many ticket resellers purchase lower priced tickets and sell them at a significantly higher cost. We have seen some tickets going for as much as $700 to $1000 each on some reseller websites. Also, many of these sites charge additional fees. If you purchase a ticket through coloradoballet.org and chose the print-at-home option, you will not be charge any additional taxes or fees.
Here is what Colorado Ballet's tickets should cost, if you see them for sale at much higher prices or using vague language like "seat in the center orchestra," be suspicious!
We encourage our patrons to only purchase tickets directly through Colorado Ballet (coloradoballet.org) or our partners at Altitude Tickets (altitudetickets.com). The only other third-party promotional sites we work with are Goldstar, Travelzoo and LivingSocial. We do not endorse any other third-party or reseller websites.
At Colorado Ballet, we want everyone to have the chance to experience the joy of The Nutcracker and not overpay for tickets.
|Dana Benton and Jesse Marks by Mike Watson
Made possible by presenting sponsor KeyBank
Colorado Ballet will present 26 performances of The Nutcracker, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
“Bring your entire family to the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker with fantastic characters, brilliant dancing, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by our tremendously talented musicians,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “This enchanting production brings the classic holiday story to life and will transport audiences to lands of wintertime magic and delicious sweets.”
According to Boggs, it takes a lot of people and moving parts to create The Nutcracker. Colorado Ballet’s production includes 30 Company dancers, 15 Studio Company dancers, more than 80 Academy students, several guest performers, a full orchestra of musicians and more than 300 costumes. During each performance, stagehands drop more than 100 pounds of artificial snow on stage and use more than 50 pounds of dry ice to create fog.
“You will not see another production like this anywhere in Colorado,” said Boggs. “Our dancers rotate the lead roles and divertissements, so every performance is a little unique and magical. Maybe this is why after 55 seasons The Nutcracker continues to be one of Colorado’s most popular holiday traditions.”
Last season, Colorado Ballet sold out 22 of the 24 performances of The Nutcracker.
“Unfortunately, as the number of sold out Nutcracker performances grows each year, so do the number of ticket resellers,” said Taylor Clark, Ticketing and Database Manager. “Many ticket resellers purchase lower priced tickets and sell them at a significantly higher cost. That is why we encourage our patrons to purchase their tickets early and only buy them directly through Colorado Ballet or our partners at Altitude Tickets. We want everyone to have the chance to enjoy the joy of The Nutcracker and not overpay for tickets.”
Ticket prices range from $30 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.
Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for The Nutcracker:Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Interview with Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Dana Benton about "The Nutcracker."
Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance from "The Nutcracker."
For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.