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Create a cherished family tradition in the Land of Sweets! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in this re-envisioned holiday classic, The Nutcracker at Home presented by Frisch’s. During a Victorian Christmas party, a visit from her uncle and a mysterious gift begin Clara’s wondrous journey to a magical land. Along the way, Clara meets a colorful cast of characters including the Snow King and Queen, some frisky mirlipoos, a bouquet of beautiful flowers, and of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy. Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s re-imagined, colorful, whimsical choreography is a treat to behold from your home, in this hour-long performance.

The Nutcracker at Home presented by Frisch’s will be recorded at Cincinnati Music Hall following strict health and safety protocols. The production will feature Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s whimsical choreography, Main Company dancers, and gorgeous sets and costumes. Morgan and the Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic and production teams spent countless hours working with Emmy award-winning Director David Ashbrock to adapt the ballet for television. Due to the pandemic, dancers will wear masks and follow socially-distancing guidelines, but we promise an up-close, immersive experience of The Nutcracker like never before.

MUSIC: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky*, performed by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Carmon DeLeone
CHOREOGRAPHY: Victoria Morgan
SCENIC DESIGN: John Ezell
COSTUME DESIGN: Carrie Robbins
LIGHTING DESIGN: Benjamin Gantose
HIP HOP CHOREOGRAPY: Derrek Burbridge
ASSOCIATE SCENIC DESIGN: Gene Emerson Friedman
WIGS & MAKE UP: James Geier of J. Geier Designs LTD
MAGIC CONSULTATION: Sean Owens, with Wood Herron & Evans LLP

*Reduced Orchestration by David Itkin with permission of © 2018 DCI Music

The Nutcracker at Home Casting

Scene One – The Party

UNCLE DROSSELMEYER David Morse
HOST Daniel Wagner
HOSTESS  Samantha Riester
CLARA  Gabrielle Collins
FRITZ Jace Pauly
DANCING DOLL Christina LaForgia Morse
DANCING BEAR Matthew Griffin

Scene Two – The Battle

CLARA  Gabrielle Collins
UNCLE DROSSELMEYER David Morse
NUTCRACKER Jace Pauly
MOUSE KING Matthew Griffin
MICE Taylor Nichols, Anthony Rhee-Reynoso, Daniel Wagner
SOLDIERS Nikita Boris, Alyssa Manguiat, Samantha Riester
SNOW QUEEN Sirui Liu
SNOW KING Joshua Stayton
HORSES Matthew Griffin, Daniel Wagner

Scene Three – The Land of Sweets

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Melissa Gelfin De-Poli
CAVALIER Arcadian Broad
CLARA Bella Ureta
NUTCRACKER PRINCE Marcus Romeo
MIRLIPOO LEAD MAN Michael Mengden
MIRLIPOOS Jacqueline Damico Amador, Abbey Gonzalez Kay
SPANISH Samantha Griffin & Taylor Carrasco
RUSSIAN Daniel Baldwin
FIONA Danny Schultz

Scene Four – The Celebration Continues

FLOWERS Jacqueline Damico Amador, Blair Bagley, Minori Sakita, Maizyalet Velázquez
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Melissa Gelfin De-Poli
CAVALIER Arcadian Broad
CLARA Bella Ureta
NUTCRACKER PRINCE Marcus Romeo

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

8:00 pm

  • WLWT 5

Thursday, December 24, 2020

7:00 pm

  • WLWT 5

Thursday, December 24, 2020

8:00 pm

  • MeTV Channel 5.2

Friday, December 25, 2020

5:00 am

  • WLWT 5

Friday, December 25, 2020

12:00 pm

  • WLWT 5

Friday, December 25, 2020

10:00 pm

  • MeTV Channel 5.2

Saturday, December 26, 2020

  • Streaming

Sunday, December 27, 2020

  • Streaming

Monday, December 28, 2020

  • Streaming

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

  • Streaming

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

  • Streaming

Thursday, December 31, 2020

  • Streaming

Friday, January 1, 2021

  • Streaming

The Nutcracker Production Sponsors

Frisch's Big Boy

Presenting Sponsor

MercyHealth

Production Sponsor

Sue & Bill Friedlander

Music Sponsors

The New Nutcracker Sponsors

(World Premiere, December 2011)

OVERTURE

SHEAKLEY SHOW CURTAIN

ACT I

FRISCH’S RESTAURANTS BLANCHE’S KITCHEN
Chef: Jean-Robert de Cavel
SUE & BILL FRIEDLANDER PARTY SCENE
Eleanora C.U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank Trustee Growing Tree
Clara: Mr. & Mrs. Larry McGruder
Magical Drosselmeyer: The Klosterman Family
Host & Hostess: Thomas & Mary Ellen Cody
Grandmother: Dr. & Mrs. Henry J. Heimlich*
Auntie Annie: Ronna & Dr. James Willis
Party Scene Children: Margaret & Michael Valentine
Dancing Doll: Carol & Robert Olson
Dancing Teddy Bear: Theodore L. Schwartz* & Minnette Hoffheimer

THE LOUISE TAFT SEMPLE FOUNDATION BATTLE SCENE
Mouse King: Bruce Halpryn & Chas W. Riebe

GREAT AMERICAN INSURANCE SNOW SCENE
Doris M. & Charles Levinson Fund Flying Balloon

ACT II

PNC BANK LAND OF SWEETS
The Kroger Co. Foundation Center Cake
Sugar Plum Fairy: TenderLand Foundation
Cupcakes: The Brown Family
Spanish Dancers: Gary & Linda Greenberg
Mirlipoos: Moe & Jack Rouse
Mother Hen & Chicks: Rosemary & Mark Schlachter

JAMES J. & JOAN A. GARDNER FAMILY FOUNDATION WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS SCENE
Bumblebees: Northlich

Media Sponsor: Gannett Foundation
Prop Construction: The Thomas J. Emery Memorial
Lighting: Procter & Gamble
Maestro: Corbett Foundation

Additional Sponsorship Partners
The Sutphin Family Foundation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Jack J. Smith, Jr. Charitable Trust, PNC Bank N.A. and James S. Wachs, Co-Trustees
Christopher & Karen Bowman
Nigel Vinecombe

*Our hearts go out to the family of Dr. Henry J. Heimlich & Theodore L. Schwartz, their memory will live on at Cincinnati Ballet.

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