Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Co. to present ‘The Nutcracker’

Photo Provided The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Co. will present “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 1 at Marietta High School and Dec. 6 at Blennerhassett Middle School. Owen Tidd will dance the Nutcracker Prince and Catherine Hudson and Anna Menarchek will alternate the role of Clara.

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Co. will present its annual holiday performances of “The Nutcracker” in December, with one show each in Marietta and Parkersburg.

The MOVB will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the auditorium at Marietta High School and at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the auditorium at Blennerhassett Middle School on Jewell Road south of Parkersburg.

Tickets for the MOVB shows are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 16 and are available by calling 304-422-5538 or at the door on the nights of the shows.

Tickets are available at the MOVB on Ann Street in Parkersburg from 4:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Guest artist Kitri Held will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and MOVB artistic director Suzy Gunter will perform as the Dew Drop Fairy. MOVB alumnus Jolene Troisi will perform in the Party Scene Act 1 and as the Coffee Dancer in Act II and as the Snow Queen.

The role of Clara will be danced by company members Anna Menarchek and Catherine Hudson and the role of the Nutcracker Prince will be danced by Owen Tidd.

Additional company and apprentice members performing include Anna Fatta and Annie Woofter who will alternate the role of the Mouse Queen. Edie Tidd, Eliza Siefert, Claire Hudson, Sarah Woofter, Daisy Lawrence and Grace Sears will portray various characters throughout the show.

They will be joined by 40 children from the MOVB Academy of Fine Arts, the official school of instruction for the MOVB Company. The children attended special workshops over the summer to prepare for their roles as children in the Act I Party Scene.

The MOVB has toured extensively throughout a four-state area since 1981 presenting “The Nutcracker” to audiences of over 500,000, including thousands of public school children in West Virginia and Ohio.

The classic full-length version of the ballet was first presented in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892. Original music composed exclusively for the ballet was written by P.I. Tchaikovsky and original choreography was set by M. Petipa and L. Ivanov.

Based on the book by E.T.A. Hoffman, the ballet follows the dreams of a little girl named Clara. At the family Christmas party, her godfather Drosselmeyer presents her with a mysterious gift of a Nutcracker and her jealous little brother Fritz soon breaks it. As the guests depart, Clara comes quietly back into the living room to see her new toy and falls asleep there. Her dreams take her through a battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a visit to the Land of Sweets and to the snow kingdom.