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Caldwell Fine Arts presents 'The Nutcracker'

The Treasure Valley community will experience the holiday magic and wonder of the world’s most beloved ballet when Caldwell Fine Arts and the Eugene Ballet Company present The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.1 inside The College of Idaho's Jewett Auditorium.

The Nutcracker brings the holiday spirit into focus as the main character, a little girl named Clara, encounters wondrous characters in her Christmas Eve dreams. With the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier as guides, Clara flies away to the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets, but not before battling the Mouse King and his pirate henchmice! 

To accommodate families with younger children, two Nutcracker Jr. performances are offered at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Lasting just an hour, the show contains all the magic of The Nutcracker in a smaller shell.

To complete the evening, Clara’s Tea Party is offered before or after each Nutcracker performance. A red carpet entrance, mini ballet lessons, tasty treats, crafts, and visits by the Nutcracker cast make this the party of the year. There is plenty for both boys and girls to enjoy.

Regular ticket prices for The Nutcracker are: Adult $30, $25, $20 and Child $20, $15, $10.

Nutcracker Jr.tickets are: Adult $15, $12, $10 and Child $10, $8, $6.  Clara’s Tea Party is $6 for everyone. You can order tickets online at www.caldwellfinearts.org or call 459-5275.

College of Idaho Staff, Students, and Faculty receive free admission to The Nutcracker or Nutcracker Jr. (but not Clara’s Tea Party). As these events are expected to sell out, you may reserve tickets ahead of time. Limited tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are non-transferable and must be used with a valid C of I ID card.

There are four ways to reserve tickets:

1. Pick up tickets in Langroise 100 C by November 30.

2. Call 459-5217 to reserve your seats and get a print-at-home eticket.

3. Order online at www.caldwellfinearts.org.

4. Present ID at the door the night of the concert. Subject to availability.

Part of what makes this ballet performance special is local children help the magic come alive onstage. The Nutcracker provides an outlet for many budding ballerinas to dance with a professional company. For many, this is the first glimpse of what their "dream" is about, for others it's a stepping stone for what’s to come.

After all, that’s what happened to Amber Barnes, Children’s Rehearsal Director for Eugene Ballet's The Nutcracker. Over 20 years ago Barnes was one of the little angels making her debut on stage, performing the same choreography she now teaches.

“I know firsthand the special feeling of being cast in the Nutcracker and what it truly means to these children,” Barnes said. “I've walked in their shoes, the amount of dedication they have is tremendous; my heart leaps for joy when I see them step foot onstage after spending weeks in rehearsal with them.”

You’re sure to enjoy this holiday tradition by the Eugene Ballet Company, which has grown to be one of the largest touring companies in the Western United States, visiting an average of five western states and performing The Nutcracker over 25 times each season. Toni Pimble's exquisite choreography and Don Carson's colorful and magical sets compliment Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

Jewett Auditorium is located on The College of Idaho Campus at 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Caldwell, ID.  Enter the parking lot at 20th and Fillmore Street.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.