Saturday, December 16, 2023 7:00pm (Doors: 6:00pm)
Sunday, December 17, 2023 3:00pm (Doors: 2:00pm)
Approx. concert length: 2hrs, including intermission
The Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts and 501c-3 nonprofit, Wilmington Dance Theatre, both established in 2007 are proud to present the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story this exciting original production premieres in Wilmington this Christmas season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s stunning score, the celebrated tale comes to life with intricate set designs, period costumes, and over 100 dancers including WCFA students, local professional dancers, and performing the lead will be professional guest artists from Chicago’s world renowned Joffrey Ballet, Dara Holmes ( Wilmington native and former student) and Derek Drilon.
Join Clara and her Nutcracker prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure into a magical winter wonderland. Experience with them the grandeur of the Land of the Sweets as never before, and marvel at the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier as they dance the grand pas de deux. In celebration of our sixteenth season in the ILM area, Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts and Wilmington Dance Theatre are delighted to present this cherished tradition.
Those who purchase the VIP Experience will have access to the post-show meet and greet with Dara Holmes, Company Artist with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and have your playbill autographed by the stars of the Nutcracker. As a youngster, Dara received her ballet training from Cory Smith, Founder and Director of the Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts, here in Wilmington, NC.