Tulsa Ballet News

TULSA BALLET TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL THE NUTCRACKER ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DINNER

TULSA, OK – Tulsa Ballet to host the first annual The Nutcracker Alumni Association Dinner on December 21st at The Westby Pavilion to celebrate the rich history of the last fifty years.

With fifty years under the belt and over 100 cast members in each production, there are a lot of people who have been in Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Hundreds of baby clowns, mice on cheese, and toy soldiers have been a huge part of the rich history behind these last fifty years. Some have grown up and moved away, some have now made attending the performance a yearly family tradition, some even have generations after them who have all been in The Nutcracker, and some have even gone on to stardom (Kristen Chenowith was in Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker as a rabbit when she was young).

Because of such a long rich history including so many people, Tulsa Ballet wanted to create a group where alumni can share memories, swap photos, and reunite every year during a special alumni night with dinner that includes old photos, special guests, and commemorative alumni gear. Alumni can also join The Nutcracker Alumni Association Facebook page to reunite with previous cast members through social media and see photos of performances from as far back as 1969.

Georgia Snoke, President Emerita, Historian, and former dancer with Tulsa Ballet, reminisces about her days of dancing in The Nutcracker.

“I was in the very first performance of Tulsa Civic Ballet in 1956,” Georgia says. “Fast forward a generation: Our daughter Heather, at age four, became the first ‘Baby Angel’ in The Nutcracker. Fast forward another generation: in the Angelini choreography, I danced as the Ballet Mistress and the Head Housekeeper in the first act, thereby being on stage with all five of my grandchildren from one time or another.”

Since creating this Alumni Association, Tulsa Ballet has received numerous messages about the stories of children who were in The Nutcracker who are now grown with children of their own in the production. Cheryl Forrest, President Emerita, Chief Historian, and former dancer with Tulsa Ballet, recalls dancing in the first full-length performance of The Nutcracker  in 1969. “I was in Land of the Snow and in the Coda,” Cheryl says. “Many years later, when married with children, I was able to enjoy watching my daughter Stephanie as Mouse on Cheese for two years, Mouse for two years, and Gun Soldier for two years. It has been such fun finding and identifying the photos from that original production, as well as photos from the many productions since.”

About the incredible half-century run of The Nutcracker, Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says,  “I wouldn’t be surprised if the total number of people that interacted with our The Nutcracker during its 50 year run is close to a million.”

Alumni of Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker can join the Facebook group @TBNutcrackerAlumni and join the Alumni by filling out a form at TulsaBallet.org. Alumni Association Night will be Friday, December 21st starting with a dinner at The Westby Pavilion inside the Tulsa Performing Arts Center starting at 5:00pm, followed by the performance of The Nutcracker at 7:00pm. A special Alumni Association section has been blocked off for this special night. Alumni can purchase a variety of packages for the night that range from performance-only tickets to VIP Packages that include Golden Circle seating, backstage experience with a dancer meet-and-greet, a commemorative t-shirt, and a special edition Alumni Association nutcracker.

WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, December 21 at The Westby Pavilion inside Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Dinner begins at 5:00pm, performance begins at 7:00pm.
TICKETS: $50 – $200 | http://bit.ly/nutcrackeralumnidinner
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  tulsaballet.org or 918.749.6030

Hi-Res images and interview opportunities available:
Bethany Kirby | Marketing Manager
918.392.5949 | Bethany.kirby@tulsaballet.org

TBII: On Your Radar 2020

August 28-30, 2020
Studio K at Tulsa Ballet and
Zarrow Performance Studio at Tulsa Ballet Broken Arrow
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

See tomorrow’s stars of ballet, today! Tulsa Ballet II, the second company of Tulsa Ballet, is comprised of the most promising young dancers from around the globe. As these dancers grow from students into mature artists, they may be invited to join the main company or go on to perform with other respected companies throughout their career.

As part of the TBII Mini-Series, Tulsa Ballet II will have its own season of two productions to showcase their talents:
On Your Radar | August 28-30, 2020
Next Generation | April 23-25, 2021

On Your Radar will feature three exciting World Premiere works from in-demand choreographers, created exclusively for TBII dancers. Jack and the Beanstalk will make it’s World Premiere, as well as featured choreographers to be announced soon, so stay tuned!

You can save $20 by purchasing a TBII mini-series subscription and see both shows!

Performances

Fri. August 28 at Studio K 7:30pm
Sat. August 29 at Zarrow Performance Studio 7:30pm
Sun. August 30 at Studio K 2:30pm

Locations

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

Anne & Henry Zarrow Performance Studio, Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow

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Creations in Studio K 2020

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September 17-27, 2020
Studio K
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

Special Thursday night receptions on Thursday, Sept. 17 & 24.

Our Creations in Studio K program is known for commissioning incredible new works from the most in-demand choreographers in the world. This year’s lineup includes one newcomer to Tulsa Ballet and two faces you might recognize.  Up and coming Switzerland-based choreographer Craig Davidson will create his first piece on the Company, while former Boston Ballet Principal Yury Yanowsky, will graduate from choreographing pieces for Tulsa Ballet II to the main Company.  And last but not least is Italian choreographer Luciano Cannito.  Cannito, a 4-time choreographer for Tulsa Ballet, is always one to dazzle and entertain an audience!

PERFORMANCES

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Thurs. September 17 7:30pm
Special pre-show reception
Fri. September 18 7:30pm
Sat. September 19 2:30pm
Sat. September 19 7:30pm
Sun. September 20 2:30pm
Thurs. September 24 7:30pm
Special pre-show reception
Fri. September 25 7:30pm
Sat. September 26 2:30pm
Sat. September 27 7:30pm
Sun. September 28 2:30pm

Location

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

Have questions about attending a Tulsa Ballet performance? Visit this helpful guide.

 

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Carmen

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October 29 – November 1, 2020
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

The story of Carmen will leave you breathless. Based on Bizet’s much-loved opera, the ballet tells the tale of the sultry Carmen and her seduction of the soldier Don José, whom she eventually betrays in the arms of the handsome toreador Escamillo.  Filled with passion, drama, love, and tragedy, this World Premiere production by Resident Choreographer Ma Cong is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Performances

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Thurs. October 29: Preview Night 7:00pm

A limited number of tickets are available for Preview Night. Be the first to see the show when you purchase your tickets to our special dress rehearsal. Arrive one hour early get a behind-the-scenes look as the dancers warm up before the show. Please note that Preview Night is a dress rehearsal performance. There may be extra pauses in the performance and noise from the technical staff.

Fri. October 30 7:30pm
Sat. October 31 7:30pm
Sun. November 1 2:30pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Have questions about attending a Tulsa Ballet performance? Visit this helpful guide.

 

Traveling to Tulsa? Stay with our preferred hotel partners! Click the links below for a special rate for Tulsa Ballet supporters.

The Nutcracker 2020

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December 11-20, 2020
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

Experience the magic of this holiday tradition

Final year of this version!  Set in 1920’s Paris, the birthplace of classical ballet, Marcello Angelini’s vision of The Nutcracker has been a Tulsa favorite since 2003. Whether you’ve seen it once or one hundred times, this magical holiday spectacular is guaranteed to capture your imagination. And it’s your last chance to see this magical version before the curtain rises on an all new production in 2021.

A special school matinee takes place Wednesday, December 16. See below for details.

Nutcracker VIP Experience

Make memories with your family they will never forget with our special VIP Experience!
For just $108 per ticket (plus fees), The Nutcracker VIP Experience includes:

  • Seating in our prime orchestra-level Golden Circle section for the performance date of your choice,
  • The opportunity to go on-stage after the performance to see the sets up close, meet the dancers and take photos with them in costume,
  • A keepsake Nutcracker autographed by members of the cast.

To order the VIP Experience for the loved ones in your life, select seats in Price Scale 1 when you order online or call the Tulsa Ballet Box Office at (918) 749-6006. Your VIP passes will be mailed with your tickets.

Nutcracker School Matinee

Wednesday, December 16, 11:00 am
Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Schools are invited the share the magic of the holidays with their students!

Experience the full performance, accompanied live by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, with specially discounted tickets. For more information, contact Marissa Mitchell at (918) 392-5914 or marissa.mitchell@tulsaballet.org.

Inclement Weather Policy

Performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather. Please plan accordingly and adjust your travel times if needed, as late seating is not available. Ticket purchases are non-refundable. For additional questions, please call the Box Office at (918) 749-6006, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Performances

You can save on tickets to The Nutcracker and our fantastic season by becoming a subscriber! Click here for details.

Fri. December 11 7:00pm
Sat. December 12 2:00pm
Sat. December 12 7:00pm
Sun. December 13 2:00pm
Wed. December 16 11:00am
School Matinee – call (918) 392-5914 for information
Fri. December 18 7:00pm
Sat. December 19 2:00pm
Sat. December 19 7:00pm
Sun. December 20 2:00pm
Listen to the music below!

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Have questions about attending a Tulsa Ballet performance? Visit this helpful guide.

 

Traveling to Tulsa? Stay with our preferred hotel partners! Click the links below for a special rate for Tulsa Ballet supporters.

Swan Lake

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February 18-21, 2021
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Single tickets go on sale August 1st, 2020.

The most iconic classical ballet of all time, Swan Lake is an enchanting tale of love, sorcery, and deceit that critics praise as “effervescent and breathtaking.” Featuring iconic music and breathtaking sets and costumes, see for yourself why Swan Lake is the most performed ballet around the world.

Performances

You can save on tickets to Swan Lake and our fantastic season by becoming a subscriber! Click here for details.

Thurs. February 18: Preview Night 7:00pm

A limited number of tickets are available for Preview Night. Be the first to see the show when you purchase your tickets to our special dress rehearsal. Arrive one hour early get a behind-the-scenes look as the dancers warm up before the show. Please note that Preview Night is a dress rehearsal performance. There may be extra pauses in the performance and noise from the technical staff.

Fri. February 19 7:30pm
Sat. February 20 7:30pm
Sun. February 21 2:30pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Have questions about attending a Tulsa Ballet performance? Visit this helpful guide.

 

Traveling to Tulsa? Stay with our preferred hotel partners! Click the links below for a special rate for Tulsa Ballet supporters.

Alice in Wonderland

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March 25-28, 2021
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Single tickets go on sale August 1, 2020.

Join Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Duchess and the Queen of Hearts for a trip down the rabbit hole.  Choreographed for the English National Ballet in 1995, Derek Deane’s Alice in Wonderland might be the most elaborate ballet production ever based on Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel. With its 90 costumes, 18 wigs, 30 prosthetic pieces, hand-painted sets and array of vintage magic tricks and illusions, it will be the don’t miss show of the season!

Enhance your experience!

Pre-performance discussions are held in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to curtain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Discussions are led by Tulsa Ballet artistic staff and visiting artists, and topics may include the choreography, musical score, costuming, or other subjects related to the performance. Pre-performance discussions are free and all ticket holders are invited to attend.

Performances

You can save on tickets to Alice in Wonderland and our fantastic season by becoming a subscriber! Click here for details.

Thurs. March 25: Preview Night 7:00pm

A limited number of tickets are available for Preview Night. Be the first to see the show when you purchase your tickets to our special dress rehearsal. Arrive one hour early get a behind-the-scenes look as the dancers warm up before the show. Please note that Preview Night is a dress rehearsal performance. There may be extra pauses in the performance and noise from the technical staff.

Fri. March 26 7:30pm
Sat. March 27 7:30pm
Sun. March 28 2:30pm

Location

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Have questions about attending a Tulsa Ballet performance? Visit this helpful guide.

 

Traveling to Tulsa? Stay with our preferred hotel partners! Click the links below for a special rate for Tulsa Ballet supporters.

TBII: Next Generation 2021

April 23-25, 2021
Studio K at Tulsa Ballet and
Zarrow Performance Studio at Tulsa Ballet Broken Arrow

See tomorrow’s stars of ballet, today! Tulsa Ballet II, the second company of Tulsa Ballet, is comprised of the most promising young dancers from around the globe. As these dancers grow from students into mature artists, they may be invited to join the main company or go on to perform with other respected companies throughout their career.

As part of the TBII Mini-Series, Tulsa Ballet II will have its own season of two productions to showcase their talents:
On Your Radar | August 28-30, 2020
Next Generation | April 23-25, 2021

Next Generation will feature three exciting World Premiere works from in-demand choreographers, created exclusively for TBII dancers.  This year’s choreographers will be announced soon.

You can save $20 by purchasing a TBII mini-series subscription and see both shows!

Performances

Fri. April 23 at Studio K 7:30pm
Sat. April 24 at Zarrow Performance Studio 7:30pm
Sun. April 25 at Studio K 2:30pm

Locations

Tulsa Ballet’s Studio K Theater in Tulsa

Anne & Henry Zarrow Performance Studio, Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow

Traveling to Tulsa? Stay with our preferred hotel partners!
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