Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) will present Columbus’s BalletMet at the Detroit Opera House for three performances of “The Nutcracker” on November 30th at 2:30p.m. and 7:30p.m. and Dec 1st at 12:30p.m.
The company is making its eighth visit to the Opera House and will bring its popular, traditional production of the Tchaikovsky ballet. The production features Company member and Metro Detroit native Sophie Miklosovic, as well as more than 60 local children dancers. Per MOT tradition, the event will include a series of complimentary activities, including live reindeer and photos with Santa and the Nutcracker.
The ballet tells the story of the young Clara and her beloved Nutcracker-turned prince as they journey together for a magical journey to the Land of Sweets, The production includes Victorian costumes, dazzling sets and more than 122 characters on stage. It is performed with the live Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra.
“BalletMet’s beloved productions has become a holiday tradition to our Metro Detroit audiences, “said MOT Artistic Advisor for Dance Jon Teeuwissen. “Paired with our holiday activities and live orchestra, it’s a magical experience for children and adults alike.”
Miklosovic, originally from Shelby Township, joined the company two years ago at age 17. Prior to becoming a professional ballet dancer, she completed part of her training at Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield and at Valentina’s Ballet in Clawson, both in Macomb County.
The Complete list of holiday activities include:
• Live reindeer on Broadway Street prior to performance.
• Selfies with Santa and the Nutcracker.
• Holiday-Themed craft making for kids with Arts & Scraps prior to performance.
• Free samples of holiday ice cream courtesy of Treat Dreams prior to performance.
The Sugar Plum Parade, where children have the opportunity to meet the characters and view costumes and sets on stage following the performance
Activities will be available beginning 90 minutes before the performance and a free ballet talk begins one hour prior to each performance.
BalletMet will also give a master class on Saturday to ballet students ages 8-13. Class is free with a ticket to “The Nutcrackers” or $25 without. Pre-registration is required.
Tickets prices star at $29 and may be purchased online at www.MichiganOpera.org, or by calling (313) 237 7464.