Gwinnett Ballet Theatre will celebrate and “timeshare” its 37th annual Nutcracker production with another notable local event: The 200th Birthday of Gwinnett County.
ABOUT GWINNETT BALLET
In 1818, Gwinnett County became a reality. 2 centuries later it is one of the most diverse and fastest growing counties in the United States. Fast forward to 1981, and the young performing arts organization called Gwinnett Ballet Theatre took the stage with its own production of the well-loved ballet, The Nutcracker. 37 years later, this is an annual event. GBT is the second largest Nutcracker in the state of Georgia, performing to an estimated 12,000 people from all across North Georgia.
Both historic events have provided sources of economic, educational, and artistic enrichment for thousands of people. The enrichment and fun continue with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker beginning Friday, November 30th when the company opens its annual production at the Infinite Energy Theater in Duluth, GA.
The Nutcracker will be performed on three weekends with the live orchestral accompaniment of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Predrag Gosta conducting, for most performances. Performances include Friday and Saturday evening shows and Saturday and Sunday matinees. Please note there will be NO shows Saturday, December 15th. There will be two matinees on Sunday, December 16th.
This Nutcracker is a traditionally told production, with all the favorite characters, dancing, and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. The dancers include the tiniest mice to the beautiful young dancers of Gwinnett Ballet Theatres School who range in age from 3 to 18. You can learn more about the History of The Nutcracker with my past article.
Performing the role of the Cavalier in Act 2 this year will be a young dancer from Gwinnett. Luke Badura of Buford, Georgia, is a senior at Mill Creek High School. He is getting regional attention as a performer. He has recently been seen at the Aurora Theatre in both “Mamma Mia” and “Newsies.”
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre also welcomes guest artists from the International City Ballet who will perform in the well-loved “Flowers” segment of the second act.
Tickets remain traditionally affordable and available through the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre website A special discount for Scouts is available for the November 30th 7:30 p.m. performance. There are also discounts for groups.
CONTACT GWINNETT BALLET
For more information about Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and its production of The Nutcracker, please visit the website or call 770-237-0046. Also, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages. Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is located at 1800 Macleod Drive in Lawrenceville, GA 30046.