Indianapolis School of Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

It is cold out, roads are jammed and the stores are packed, this can mean only one thing. Everyone’s favorite holiday, Christmas, is fast approaching. While buying that special someone exactly what they wanted this year feels great, standing in long lines asking for gift receipts does not exude the true feeling of Christmas. So if you and your family are missing that certain spark of holiday cheer, one of the best things you can do in Indy is go see the Indianapolis School of Ballet‘s production of The Nutcracker this year.

ISB will be presenting their third annual Nutcracker for three glorious days this December 18-20, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis. The Friday night show kicks off at 7:00 pm, while both the Saturday and Sunday performances are 3:00 pm matinees. Tickets range from $15-$25, so bring everyone you know.

What sets this production apart from ever other Nutcracker in the Circle City, is ISB’s focus on representing Indianapolis in every aspect of the performance. First and foremost are the dancers themselves. Every participant in this year’s show is either one of ISB’s very own students and faculty, or other professionals from the Indianapolis performing arts world.

Also, the set emulates Victorian Indianapolis with massive backdrops based on the historic Morris-Butler House parlor. And new in 2009, is the added backdrop of the Morris-Butler House facade, all of which were created by master scenic artist and designer C. David Higgins.

None of it would be possible without the guidance and skill of the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s managing director Victoria Lyras. Lyras– herself a very accomplished ballet professional– has worked in tandem with ISB’s ballet mistress and master teacher Fiona Fuerstner to choreograph this timeless classic.

It is due to Victoria’s extensive training in the Balanchine method that the ISB’s Nutcracker can include the iconic act two Grand Pas de Deux, which is a deut between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. Only with the blessing of the George Balanchine Trust may the Grand Pas de Deux be performed.

The Indianapolis School of Ballet is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2006. As an Indianapolis nonprofit, ISB depends on the money raised during their holiday performances to ensure they can continue enriching the lives of their students. ISB dedicates themselves to offering training of the highest artistic standards in classical ballet and other forms of dance to students of any level or age. It is this dedication to excellence that ensures their Nutcracker is of the highest quality.

The Nutcracker is one of the few stories in history that seems to get better with every telling and viewing, and with each dance company setting it in their own personal way, each performance is unique. This year, let the Indianapolis School of Ballet mark the official start of your holiday season by taking in one of their three performances. While tickets are still available, the ICB’s Nutcracker has sold out in each of its first two years, so you need to act fast.

Even if you can’t attend this year’s performance, tickets to The Nutcracker make the perfect gift for friends or family. To purchase your tickets and get more information on the Indianapolis School of Ballet, visit their website or call 317.955.7525.

To learn more about ISB’s artistic director Victoria Lyras, visit her artist’s bio here.


A look at the famous Pas de Deux from the second act of
The Nutcracker.