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Ballet announces 'Nutcracker' schedule

FORT WAYNE – The Fort Wayne Ballet is again offering a classical rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” this year.

It will have nine evening and matinee performances from Dec. 2 to 9, it announced Friday.

The ballet will also partner once again with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and expand upon its longtime collaboration with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Friday’s announcement said three weekend performances, on Dec. 2 and 3, will feature the Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor Sameer Patel and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir with Director Pamela K. Pierson.

All performances will be at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

Performance dates and times are:

  • Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.;
  • Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m.;
  • Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.;
  • Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m.;
  • Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.;
  • Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.;
  • Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m.;
  • Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.; and
  • Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Group and individual performance ticket information is available by calling Fort Wayne Ballet at 484-9646. Tickets will also be available at the Arts United Center box office beginning Nov. 28.

Sugar Plum Parties will immediately follow all afternoon performances, and an Opening Night Champagne Reception will follow the Dec. 2 performance, Friday’s announcement said.

The “Nutcracker” will use adoption-eligible dogs in the Act I Party Scene, providing space in the lobby for Animal Care & Control to allow visits with the “canine stars” during intermission.

All 14 of the dogs featured during the 2010 run found new homes in time for the holidays.

This year, Karen Gibbons-Brown, executive/artistic director of the Ballet, began contacting other ballet companies throughout the country in an effort to expand the Muttcrackers project nationally. The organization said six other companies have committed to doing so.

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