Wednesday, November 5, 2014

TWB Celebrates 10 Years of Septime Webre's The Nutcracker

From our friends at The Washington Ballet...

The Washington Ballet Celebrates its Perennial 'Must-See' Holiday Production at the Warner Theatre - a Washingtonian Inspired Classic!

The Washington Ballet (TWB) will celebrate its presentation of Septime Webre's The Nutcracker at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, December 4 through December 28. In addition to the performances at the Warner Theatre, TWB's The Nutcracker will present four performances at THEARC Theater in Southeast DC on November 29 and 30.

The critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker transports audiences to an historic Washington, DC era and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker. The curtain rises and the stage bursts with intricate and imaginative sets, waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other enchanting adaptations that have made Artistic Director Septime Webre's The Nutcracker a truly Washingtonian holiday experience with raves from critics and sold-out crowds.

This year, The Washington Ballet celebrates its 10th year of The Nutcracker, which first premiered December 2004. On this anniversary, Webre plans on "significant, special surprises" for his celebrated Nutcracker. With imagery of swirling snowflakes and sugar plums backed by Tchaikovsky's beloved score, this fresh take on a timeless classic celebrates the coming together of families and friends of multiple generations.

Tickets for The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre, priced from $32*, are now on sale and can be purchased at, 202.397.SEAT (7328) or the Warner Theatre Box Office. The Warner Theatre is located at 513 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (* Ticket prices include $2 Warner Theatre preservation fee.)

Tickets for The Nutcracker at THEARC, priced from $30, are available at or (202) 362-3606 x605. Specially priced $15 tickets are available for Ward 7 & 8 residents through The Washington Ballet @THEARC offices. THEARC Theater and The Washington Ballet @THEARC offices are located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC.

Family Day: Sunday, December 7 at 11:30 AM - The Washington Ballet (TWB) presents FAMILY DAY, a ballet experience custom-built for family fun where children of all ages discover what it takes to create everyone’s favorite The Nutcracker. TWB’s Artistic Director and The Nutcracker choreographer, Septime Webre leads a fun-filled event on Sunday, December 8 at the historic Warner Theatre prior to the 1:00 PM performance. Family Day at The Nutcracker provides families an extraordinary behind-the-scenes glimpse at the glorious production and a chance to interact with Clara, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy and many other beloved characters.

Military Appreciation Night: Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM - The Washington Ballet, teaming with Northrop Grumman and Geico, will bring the magic of The Nutcracker to 500 service men and women and their families for Military Appreciation Night. Guests will be greeted at the historic Warner Theatre by military dignitaries and Nutcracker cast members and will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal of The Nutcracker ‘Soldiers Marching.’ On this night, all in attendance are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. Northrop Grumman is the presenting sponsor for Military Appreciation Night.

The Nutcracker Tea: Sunday, December 14 immediately following the 1:00 PM performance - The Nutcracker Tea Party is the perfect way to kick off your family’s holiday festivities! A quintessential Washington, D.C. holiday tradition, the Tea Party will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel (1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW), which is turned into a Winter Wonderland and is a delight for ballet lovers of all ages. After seeing TWB’s acclaimed The Nutcracker, guests depart for J. W. Marriott where they will be greeted by the costumed cast members, participate in lively holiday entertainments, enjoy an elegant plated tea with white glove service and a buffet of sweets and treats fit for young and grown-up “Nutcracker” princes and princesses. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet many of the Company’s dancers and pose for photographs with members of The Nutcracker cast. To attend this event, please contact Liz Sizer, Manager of Special Events @ 202.274.4518 or

The Nutcracker at The Warner Theatre:
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM & 5:30 PM
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM & 5:30 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

About the Washington Ballet: Celebrating its 70th Anniversary in the 2014.15 season, The Washington Ballet was originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976. The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián, as well as neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Managing Director Arthur Espinoza, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs. For more information, visit