Thursday, November 29, 2007

Nutcracker Ballet

Continental Ballet and
Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra present
Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 15- 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 16- 2:00 pm

Red Wing-The Sheldon is happy to welcome back the collaborated efforts of Continental Ballet Company and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. for their annual presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets for this crowd pleaser are $26 for adults and $16 for students.

This timeless tale of Clara's amazing journey to the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy with her magical godfather Drosselmeyer is a family friendly staple that has been enjoyed by thousands of theatre goers every year. The Continental Ballet Company from the Twin Cities has enjoyed performing this enchanting ballet for many years at the Sheldon Theatre with the help of some lucky local children. Continental Ballet has always believed in sharing their appreciation for the classical ballet with local children who get the chance to perform a scene with the professional dancers.

Continental Ballet Company was formed in 1988 by Riet Velthuisen, a former dancer with the Dutch National Ballet. It was her wish and the Company's mission that children and families have the opportunity to experience the art of classical ballet through performances, classes and community events that help foster the appreciation of dance and help the participants reach their full potential.

Joining Continental Ballet in this presentation and providing the captivating music is the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra. For almost 30 years musicians from all over the Cannon Valley and Metro areas have come together under the direction of Paul Niemisto to bring amazing performances to audiences of all ages. They perform 6 or 7 concerts each year that include a varied repertoire such as classical symphonic works and compositions by area composers. CVRO also performs at a variety of places such as outdoor festivals and luxurious ballrooms.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is part of the Northfield Arts Guild and is made possibly in part by funding provided by the Community National Bank of Northfield, the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Don't miss your opportunity to see this beautiful production, the crown jewel of the holiday season, at the Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre.

For further information and to order tickets, patrons should call The Sheldon Theatre Ticket Office at 651-388-8700 or toll free at 1-800-899-5759. Tickets may also be purchased on the Internet at Regular ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The theatre is located at 443 West Third Street in downtown Red Wing.

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