Monday, November 9, 2015

The Washington Ballet Announces Special Performances for The Nutcracker

From our friends at The Washington Ballet...

Announcing Special Performance Dates - The Nutcracker

Family Day, Military Appreciation Night and Nutcracker Tea

Join The Washington Ballet (TWB) for special performances of The Nutcracker, performed at the historic Warner Theatre, December 3-27, and at THEARC Theater in Southeast DC, November 28-29.

Special Dates

Family DaySunday, December 6Pre-performance activities at noon; performance at 1 PM.
Pre-performance activities include "make-a-ballet" led by The Washington Ballet's Artistic Director Septime Webre. This interactive experience includes discussion and audience participation as children of all ages discover what it takes to create everyone's favorite The Nutcracker. Families will enjoy an extraordinary behind-the-scenes glimpse at the production and a chance to interact with Clara, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy and many other beloved characters. Activities also include arts and crafts. Activities are included in the ticket price.

Military Appreciation Night: Wednesday, December 9 at 7 PM.
The Washington Ballet teams with the USO to bring the magic of The Nutcracker to more than 400 service men and women and their families for Military Appreciation Night. Guests will be greeted at the historic Warner Theatre by military dignitaries and cast members. Before the performance, guests 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.

The Nutcracker Tea: Sunday, December 13. Immediately following the 1 PM performance.
A quintessential Washington, D.C. holiday tradition, the Tea Party will be held at Willard Intercontinental Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) which will be turned into a winter wonderland for the afternoon. Guests will be greeted by costumed cast members, participate in holiday entertainment and enjoy an elegant plated tea with white glove service and a buffet of treats. 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 The Washington Ballet at (202) 274-4518 or visit

The Washington Ballet (TWB) 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 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 staging of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Managing Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr., 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.