NC State Ballet presents the Nutcracker
December 8, 14, & 15
Directed by Charlotte Blume.
The “Nutcracker Ballet” is many things to many people. This year it has special meaning for Director Charlotte Blume and one of the Guest Artists, Adam Chavis, when the North Carolina State Ballet’s “Nutcracker” returns to the Crown Center Theatre December 8th, 14th, and 15th. It is a homecoming for Chavis.
A Fayetteville native, Chavis trained with Charlotte Blume for seven years and performed varying roles in the “Nutcracker” as a student.
This year Chavis guests with Alicia Fabry as “Cavalier” to Fabry’s “Sugar Plum Fairy.” Chavis went on to study at the North Carolina School of the Arts and was an apprentice with the New York City Ballet Company before joining the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh. Both Chavis and Fabry are principal dancers with that Company. They perform on Sunday, December 8th.
Jessica Fry and Ramon Gaitan will dance the roles of “Cavalier” and “Sugar Plum Fairy” on December 14th and 15th.
A supporting cast of 65 dancers and actors perform in the Gala two-act three-scene production.
Alicia Fabry was raised in France and studied Ballet at the English National Ballet School in London. She danced with the Ballet Chicago Studio Company before joining the Carolina Ballet. This is her fourth “Nutcracker” in Fayetteville.
Jessica Fry is originally from New Orleans, where she trained with the Giacobbe Academy and performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet. She went on to train and perform with the Joffrey II Concert Dancers in New York, as well as American Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet.
Ramon Gaitan, a native of Nicaragua, began dancing at the age of 18 with the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois. He is a Northern Illinois University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Gaitan has danced with the Richmond Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and the Dayton Ballet. Mr. Gaitan is currently an independent Guest Artist. This is his first time dancing with the North Carolina State Ballet. Mr. Gaitan will double as the “Nutcracker Prince” with alternating “Claras” Mary Maxton Fowler and Ashley Watters.
Wei Ni, Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Ballet will dance the “Nutcracker Prince” on December 8th with Deprecia Simpson as “Clara”. Mr. Ni trained in China and was a Principal Dancer with the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh before joining the North Carolina State Ballet.
Other leading Dancers in the “Nutcracker” are alternating “Little Claras” Ella Lewis, Marissa Morris and Hannah Reeder. “Snow Queens” are Ashley Watters or Deprecia Simpson. “Flower Queens” are Ashley Watters or Deprecia Simpson.
Local actor Daniel Moore returns as “Drosslemeyer.”
The “Nutcracker” is performed for area schools on the morning of December 6th, 9th and 13th. Public performances are December 8th, 14th, and 15th.
Tickets $5 for kids 2-12 and $16 for adults. Tickets are $14 with a valid military ID. Military discount available only at the Crown Box Office. Additional fees may apply.