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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Washington, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) presents Artistic Director Septime Webre’s Washington, DC-themed adaptation of The Nutcracker, December 10-27, 2009 at the historic Warner Theatre. This will mark the 6th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind production, which previews at THEARC in Southeast DC from December 3-5.

"Our Nutcracker has become a Washington, DC holiday tradition that brings together all parts of our organization," says Mr. Webre. We are thrilled to continue our new tradition of premiering The Nutcracker at THEARC in Anacostia, a wonderful facility where we've been able to expand our school and deepen our reach into the community."

Mr. Webre's vintage take on The Nutcracker transports audience members back in time to historic Washington, DC and an A-list party on the Potomac. Starring George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker and King George III as the villainous Rat King, the production sparkles with swirling snowflakes and shimmering cherry blossoms. This year’s Nutcracker features TWB's Company and Studio Company artists alongside 350 students the largest amount of students involved in a production ever -- from its three school campuses in NW and SE Washington, as well as Alexandria, Virginia. Special guest stars will include local media personality Cynne Simpson, among many others.

At each performance, theatre-goers will be able to purchase unique gifts from TWB's Sugar Plum Shoppe. Merchandise for sale includes one-of-a-kind Nutcrackers as well as TWB items and apparel. The Shoppe will also have information on purchasing TWB's new book, Wonderland, which celebrates TWB's meteoric rise over the last decade.

TWB will also host a variety of special events surrounding The Nutcracker including the annual Nutcracker Tea Party, sponsored by PNC Bank at the Willard InterContinental Hotel on December 13th. For more information on this event and others, please call TWB Special Events Manager Sara Lange at 202.362.3606 x123.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are now on sale and can be purchased at the Warner Theatre Box Office, livenation.com or 877.598.8497. Tickets for The Nutcracker at the THEARC can be purchased at 202.889.8150 or washingtonballet.org.

A full listing of all Nutcracker performances can also be seen HERE

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