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Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company ready to present ‘The Nutcracker’

Mallory Thomas will portray Clara in the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet’s holiday performances of “Nutcracker” during the month of December. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will be presenting its annual performances of the classic holiday performance of the “Nutcracker” in several December shows.

The performances include 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Blennerhassett School Auditorium, Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Marietta High School Auditorium, Marietta, and 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at Ripley High School Auditorium, Ripley,

Tickets are available for the Dec. 10 and Dec. 18 shows at the MOVB Offices at 1311 Ann St., Parkersburg. Box office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ticket outlets for the Dec. 19 performance in Ripley are Ravenswood Floral & Gifts, Ravenswood, and Evergreen Florists, Ripley, beginning Dec. 6.

Seats are reserved and are $15 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance, in person only at the MOVB studios at the times listed, otherwise, tickets will also be available at the door for all shows.

More information, including health and safety protocols, can be obtained by visiting the website at movballet.com.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Co. will present “Nutcracker” performances in Parkersburg, Marietta and other communities in the region through December. (Photo Provided)

The “Nutcracker” is a whimsical ballet which brings beautiful fantasies, sugar plum dreams and waltzing flowers to the audience. The MOVB has toured extensively throughout a four-state region since 1981 presenting the “Nutcracker” to audiences of over 500,000, including thousands of public school children throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

Based on the book by ETA 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 promptly 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 fierce battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a visit to the Land of the Sweets where candy dancers perform and finally a journey through the snow kingdom with dancing snowflakes.

Mallory Thomas will make her debut as Clara along with Bailey Gibeau as her friend and understudy. Guest artist Danny Bayer will portray Herr Drosslemeyer and he will be joined by MOVB Artistic Director Suzy Gunter as Mrs. Drosslemeyer.

Dancers appearing in featured roles will include Jolene Troisi as the Snow Queen, Alia Ott as the magic cat and the Spanish Chocolate dancer, Hallie Pierce as the Arabian Coffee dancer, Bella Smith as the Chinese Tea dancer, Bethany Truax and Sarah Harvey as the Mechanical dolls and Trepak dancers, Sarah Thomas as the Marzipan Reed Pipe dancer and Elliott Akeman and Keegan Marsh will alternate the role of Fritz.

This season’s production will also feature guest artists and MOVB alumni Grace Sears and Owen Tidd as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince/Cavalier. Sears and Tidd are currently dance majors at Radford University in Radford, Va. They will be joined by 30 children from the MOVB Academy of Fine Arts, the official school of instruction for the MOVB Company.

ArtsLink in New Martinsville will also be presenting one of the MOVB’s performances of “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Lincoln Theater.

Tickets will be available at the door. For ArtsLink members, tickets are $10 for individuals and $15 for families; for non-members, $15 for individuals and $25 for families. Student admission is $5. Children are encouraged to don their party dresses or other holiday finery for this event. Theater parties are welcome with a discount for groups over 10 people.

Funding for this program is made possible with assistance from The City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, EQT Foundation, and the Dominion Foundation. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. With additional support from the Harry E. and Olive T. Barth Charitable Trust, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may call 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

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