Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Family Event: The Nutcracker Ballet in Morton

On Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Berta Frank Performing Arts Center, you can treat your loved ones to the glittering, shimmering spectacle of the holiday cheer brought by the Nutcracker. Enchanting and lyrical, magical and mesmerizing, the Nutcracker Ballet in Morton is a holiday tradition honored by time that combines dance and music into a dreamy holiday show. As wonderful as the season of Christmas is, the Nutcracker truly is a real-life fairy tale.

This is the second annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet and will be performed by the Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts in partnership with The Morton Fine Arts Association. So whether you're currently living in Morton, or just visiting during the holidays, the Nutcracker Ballet is wonderful event that's definitely worth seeing.

Under the Artistic Direction of Rebekah von Rathonyi, shows will be at 2pm and 7:30 pm on December 14 and at 2pm on December 15. The show features seventy members of the cast with kids from Bettendorf IA, Peoria, Monmouth, Galesburg, Morton, Pekin, Metamora and Eureka.

The Nutcracker tells the story of the Eve of Christmas at the Stahlbaum’s home. Decorated with ornaments for Christmas, including a majestic Christmas tree they home is also filled with mistletoe, stockings, wreathes and ornaments. With their children Fritz and Clara, the Stahlbaums are preparing for their yearly Christmas party. A dancing celebration happens when the guests finally arrive at the party.

The surprise arrival of the toymaker, Godfather Drosselmeyer frightens Fritz but not Clara. The toymaker gives all the children gifts but Clara receives the best gift of all, which is the Nutcracker. As the night goes on, you can then join Clara and her Prince Nutcracker as they travel through sugar plum fairies, dancing snowflakes, a winter wonderland and an epic battle between mischievous ice and heroic toy soldiers.

You can then follow Clara on her journey with the Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets from the family party. You will see dancing dolls, a lot of gorgeous Christmas scenes and stunning sets. With the music by Tchaikovsky, you may soon realize that Christmas would not be the same without the Nutcracker.

As one of the most premier events in Morton, the performance will also include three of New York’s Rochester City Ballet guest artists. Tickets are available at and start at $26. Seat options can range from the orchestra, mezzanine or grand tier.

A non-profit organization, Cornerstone Academy provides the highest level of dance and classical ballet training. This adheres to a curriculum that specifically stresses excellent standards while nurturing artistic expressions. In Central Illinois, Cornerstone Academy seeks to enrich the quality of life by providing community outreach opportunities, artistic collaborations and scholarship programs.

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