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Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker Opens on December 14 with Ten Performances Set to Delight Dayton with a Beloved Holiday Tradition

DAYTON, OH (November 20, 2018) – On Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday, December 16 at 2:30 pm; Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 pm; Friday, December 21 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 22 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 23 at 2:30 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Ballet, accompanied by the full Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, will present the holiday favorite The Nutcracker, the third ballet of the DPAA 2018-2019 Vistas Season.

The Nutcracker is presented this year with help from several sponsors from the Dayton community. Leadership Sponsors are Vectren and Emerson Climate Technologies, and Associate Sponsor is The Soin Family. Supporting Sponsors are The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation and Graeter’s.

December 2018 marks the sixth year of the newest production of Dayton’s biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition…Dayton Ballet‘s beloved The Nutcracker. With choreography by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, sets by designer Ray Zupp, and costumes by Lowell Mathwich, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets reaches a new artistic zenith. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Neal Gittleman, again takes up residence in the orchestra pit, giving Tchaikovsky‘s music the full, rich, gorgeous interpretation that it requires.  There is no better way to enjoy this classic ballet and experience the full depth of this wonderful music than at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, one of the top performance halls in the nation.

The elegance, grace and sheer athleticism of Dayton Ballet’s dancers bring the magical story to immediate, colorful life. The traditional storyline is greatly enhanced by the imaginative and whimsical beauty of Ray Zupp’s innovative and awe-inspiring set.

In addition, this year’s The Nutcracker boasts a cast of over 100 children from the Dayton area, representing the following communities:  Arcanum, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Centerville, Coldwater, Dayton, Englewood, Enon, Fairborn, Farmersville, Franklin, Germantown, Greenville, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg, Middletown, New Carlisle, New Lebanon, Oakwood, Sidney, Springboro, Tipp City, Trotwood, Troy, West Alexandria, West Carrollton, Xenia, and Yellow Springs. The following young dancers, including dancers from Dayton Ballet II Junior Company, will appear this year on stage at the Schuster Center along 16 dancers from Dayton Ballet II Senior Company and 19 professional dancers from Dayton Ballet:


Trudie Arling

Lucy Arnold

Isabella Ataman

Esther Augustine

Katelyn Bailey

Emmaline Barrentine

Sophia Barrett

Grace Bauer

Micah Bauman

Izabella Bell

Marina Rose Bell

Makenzie Berling

Aimee Besl

Ally Blatter

Eva Borbonus

Chelsea Brecht

Carissa Buehler

Cliare Campbell

Misha Casada

Mary Clark

Rowan Cornish

Matthew Coty

Bethany Crank

Devon Crank

Arica Croone

Adele Davis

Madalynn Delong

Molly Dunn


Maggie Duvic

Lily Edem

Eliana Egbert

Sofia Espedal

Ava Espedal

Layla Espy

Maya Fairchild

Scout Ferrara

Jamie Gabrielson

Elijah Garat

Bridget Garcia Dees

Elaine Gottesman

Grace Gregory

Jade Griffith

Jenin Halabi

Neia Hale

Alexandra Hanson

Ivy Henne

Lauren Hill

Shannon Hyde

Noelle James

Mollie Juniewicz

Parker Karban

Ava Kitchen

Sophia Krapf

Yetta Krummel-Adkins

Shoshana Krummel-Adkins

Clair Lewis



Caroline Lipp

Audrey Lipp

Deirdre Lynch

Maeve Lynch

Lila Malcolm

Alyssa Matsko

Annabelle May

Nesta May

Lyla McClannan

Ava McKinney

Carmen Medina

Jane Middleton

Nalayna Miley

Nevan Miley

Nola Miley

Lilly Neumeister

Annabelle Neumeister

David Padrichelli

Sarah Press

Jaycee Priest

Jennah Reichenbach

Annabelle Reichert

Jillian Reichert

Teagan Reynolds

Elizabeth Roelle

Caroline Roelle

Ava Rotramel

Ellie Rozier


Emma Rubin

Nora Sableski

Lila Sauer

Ruthie Sauer

Ellie Savage

Mary Schade

Heidi Schleidt

Charlotte Schnell

Anastasia Shivers

Caroline Stanley

Annie Steckel

Ella Strehle

Karson Stubbs

Claire Takizawa

Peyton Taylor

Jordan Thornburg

Eliana Tipton

Elana Twarek

Bailee Waltersheide

Matthew Warren

Aly West

Bella Wheatcroft

Sebastian Wheatcroft

Kayla Williams

Anna Williams

Caroline Woessner

Lydia Woeste



Before the performances and during intermissions, the Schuster Center Wintergarden bustles with the excitement of the holiday season.  Find the perfect holiday gift at the Dayton Ballet Boutique, peer into the famous whimsical Rike’s window boxes, or treat yourself with candy and ice cream at the Graeter’s Sweet Shoppe.

Several events are planned to highlight the Dayton Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker as follows:

  • Behind the Ballet – After each performance, ticket holders are invited free of charge to “Behind the Ballet,” a Q&A with Ms. Burke and dancers from Dayton Ballet in the orchestra area of the theatre.
  • Sugar Plum Tea – The Dayton Ballet Barre will host a Sugar Plum Tea at The Dayton Woman’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton on Sunday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m. before the matinee performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and children and are available through Ticket Center Stage at (888) 228-3630.
  • Rike’s Wonderland Windows in the Wintergarden – For those seeking a walk down memory lane, the former Rike’s Department Store animated holiday windows are on display in the Schuster Center Wintergarden. Kids can shop at the Tike’s Shoppe, and they can meet Santa there on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Nutcracker Boutique – Dayton Ballet Nutcracker Boutique, open before each performance and during intermissions, features hundreds of large holiday nutcrackers and ballet-themed items for sale.
  • Graeter’s Sweet Shoppe – To complete everyone’s visit to the Land of Sweets, Graeter’s Ice Cream will offer holiday goodies available for purchase at each performance.

Tickets for The Nutcracker start at $18 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (888) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year “Music Alive” grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.