Greater Lansing Ballet Company presents An American Nutcracker Ballet

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Seeing "The Nutcracker" ballet is a Christmas tradition for many, but for children with special needs and their families, it can be hard to make it to a performance. Some of the dancers began as children, performing as mice and have advanced to lead roles as they've gotten older.

Date, time, tickets: 7 p.m. December 8-9, and 2 p.m. December 9, Corvallis High School Theater, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave.

Minnesota Ballet Artistic Executive Director Robert Gardner says the performance has become a holiday tradition for many families.

"I was terrified, I was so nervous", Krumpe said. "I take some liberties here and there to keep it fresh".

For a few surprises, keep your eyes pinned for clues that tie the story together, like a giant bouquet placed on a table reminiscent of the Waltz of the Flowers, or a maid trying to catch a rat that might show up later to battle a toy soldier.

Lucas Gomez-Doyle and Phoebe Lummis, who plays the role of Sugar Plum Fairy, practice their dance during a rehearsal last week for the St. Paul's School Ballet Company's performances of The Nutcracker Act II.

There are 150 local children in the cast.


"Dancers this year are from a three-parish area", said Ross. "I want to make sure it's magical for them and for the audience". Dancers are cast in roles according to their ability.

But Fanney said the most important component is how the audience, dancers and organizers will all be understanding.

Not in Columbia? Not a problem.

. For other dancers from our local community who are at least seven years of age, they hold a local audition for them. This is a great event to get into the holiday spirit with Christmas approaching!

"What I'm realizing is that Tchaikovsky was brilliant", he said. It's really unifying. It's really all the countries and all the different cultures coming together. "And what's better than dreaming of being in the land of the candies?"

Performances are on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10.

WHEN: Dec. 9-17; 3 p.m.

Single tickets, which range from $35 - $165, are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet's official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Box Office, by telephone at 312.386.8905, or online at

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