(photo courtesy Ballethnic)
Where will you be this weekend? Itâs a valid question. Itâs fall, the weatherâs crisp, and thereâs like a ton of stuff to do. Me? Iâm tired of the same old Nutcracker, so (at the goading, er, urging of my wife), I figured itâs time to check out Ballethnicâs Urban Nutcracker, which by all accounts is one of the signature events of the holiday season (which is very much upon us).
This is Ballethnicâs 18th season performing the âNutcracker with soul,â adapted from Tchaikovskyâs classic ballet by Ballethnic co-founder/co-artistic director Waverly Lucas. The production promises a heady mix of classic ballet, jazz and ethnic dance. According to a press release, this year the show will feature students from the Ballethnic Youth Ensemble along with seniors from the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Center in East Point. The setting for the production moves to 1940s-era Sweet Auburn Avenue.
Hereâs the weekend schedule: Friday, Nov. 16 (tonight, opening night), 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17 (public performance), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18 (matinee performance), 2 p.m. Be wary of the traffic around the Ferst Center due to the Georgia Tech game that same Saturday afternoon.
Tickets are $39 general admission, $29 for senior citizens, students, children and groups of 10 or more. Call the Ferst Center Box Office at 404-894-9600 or visit www.ferstcenter.org.
Tray Butler's little feature back in 2001. (However, I was interested to read old friend Tom Bell's piece on last year's production of Epiphany in which he chided Ballethnic for leaning a bit heavily on Urban Nutcracker for its box office.
Would love some thoughts on it beforehand.