December 3-23, 2016 | Belk Theater

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Nutcracker as you’ve never seen it! Thanks to a generous gift from the McColl family in honor of Jane Spratt McColl, Choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is collaborating with a world-renowned design team to re-imagine his Nutcracker production with all new sets and costumes. Complete with live music from the Charlotte Symphony, your holidays are made even more special with the magic of Nutcracker!

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Tickets & Pricing

Single tickets for Nutcracker start at $25-$125 and go on sale in mid-July. Prices are subject to change, but buying early will assure you get the best seats at the best prices. Charlotte Ballet’s tickets are sold through CarolinaTix only. Scalpers do sell Nutcracker tickets, so be sure when purchasing tickets you are working with CarolinaTix to assure the best prices, protect yourself from fraud and know that the seats you’ve chosen are the same ones you’ll sit in for the show.

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Theater, Seating & Parking

Nutcracker will be performed at Belk Theater in uptown Charlotte at 130 N. Tryon Street. Belk Theater has four seating levels: the Orchestra at the same level as the stage and ascending in height the Grand Tier, Mezzanine and Balcony. Each level offers its own unique view of the stage and orchestra pit.

A special preferred parking rate of only $5 is available for patrons at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s designated garages, the Bank of America Center Parking Garage and 7th Street Station Parking Garage. The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5 PM on weekdays. There is no time restriction for the weekend. To utilize the $5 rate, purchase a parking pass at the theater and use it when exiting your designated garage. Click here for directions and a parking guide.


What to do Uptown

Charlotte is home to many museums focusing on art, history and culture. Looking for a place to grab a meal before or after a show? Check out a listing of all the restaurants uptown or learn more about where to grab a glass of wine or a drink. Finding so much to do that you need some extra time? Uptown has plenty of options for accommodations.


Who is Charlotte Ballet?

Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Charlotte Ballet is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet like the Nutcracker, to bold, contemporary works. The company of 28 professional dancers, who make Charlotte their home, annually present five performance series in Charlotte during a season spanning from October to April. During the summer, the dancers and artistic staff serve as Company in Residence at The Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., where Bonnefoux has been artistic director since 1983. Starting in December 2015, Charlotte Ballet will perform regularly at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C.

Former New York City Ballet star Patricia McBride, serves as associate artistic director and master teacher of Charlotte Ballet Academy, which trains 700 students annually. In December 2014, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Associate Artistic Director Patricia McBride with a 2014 Kennedy Center Honor.

Charlotte Ballet has nationally recognized educational and community programs, including the Reach scholarship dance program.

In 2010, the organization built the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in uptown Charlotte. The Center for Dance houses administrative and rehearsal spaces, as well as a 200-seat theater.

The Gift of Nutcracker

This new production of Nutcracker is in celebration of Jane Spratt McColl, who is being honored by her husband, former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Hugh McColl Jr. and their children, with a $1 million donation to Charlotte Ballet for the creation of new Nutcracker scenery and costumes.

“My family’s gift celebrates Jane’s deep love of ballet,” McColl said. “Because of her, the magic of Nutcracker will be experienced by Charlotte audiences for years to come.”

Thanks to the McColl’s gift, Bonnefoux has collaborated with a world-renowned design team to re-imagine his Nutcracker production. The team includes costume designer Holly Hynes, with over 200 ballets to her credit, and scenic designer Alain Vaes, a French painter and illustrator who also designed Charlotte Ballet’s Cinderella.

Bank of America has signed on as the presenting sponsor of Nutcracker for the next five years.

Nutcracker is Charlotte Ballet’s signature performance and a holiday tradition for more than 25,000 people annually,” said Cathy Bessant, chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America. “This gift from the McColl’s, and their deep commitment to the arts and community more broadly, is truly inspiring.”

History of Nutcracker

The Nutcracker ballet is the most popular in the world. The first performance of Nutcracker was in December of 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, conducted by Riccardo Drigo and choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Ivanov took over after Petipa became ill. Neither critics nor the audience liked it.

The current popularity of the Nutcracker is due in part to Willam Christensen, former ballet master of the San Francisco Ballet. Christensen imported the Nutcracker to the United States in 1944. Next, George Balanchine decided to choreograph his own version for the New York City Ballet in 1954, and since then the Nutcracker has become a winter tradition in the United States.

Charlotte Ballet (then North Carolina Dance Theatre) staged former Artistic Director Salvatore Aiello’s Nutcracker in Charlotte starting in 1992 and performed that version until December 2006, when current President & Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux choreographed his version of Nutcracker.

Since the premiere of Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker, Charlotte Ballet has used sets and costumes purchased from other companies.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to work with set and costume designers to bring my vision for Nutcracker to life,” said Bonnefoux. “Bank of America and the McColl family are  taking Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker to a new level of excellence and entertainment.”

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