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LABT presents The Nutcracker

November 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lake Area Ballet Theatre (LABT), a local nonprofit devoted to producing quality ballet performances, is proud to announce its 5th anniversary of presenting The Nutcracker. There will be two public performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on November 23. All performances will be held in the Rosa Hart Theatre at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

This Nutcracker version is special as it follows the tradition of the very first Nutcracker performed by the Lake Charles Ballet Society for Ballet Joyeux in Lake Charles in 1963. The Lake Charles Ballet Society, under the direction of the late Ida Winter Clarke, was the first regional ballet company in Louisiana. For over 60 years, the Ballet Society presented high quality, full-scale ballet productions that drew both local and out of state audiences and cultivated a strong foundation of professional performances for local dancers. In 2015, the Lake Area Ballet Theatre was established by former Ballet Society dancers who picked up where the Ballet Society left off.

“For decades The Nutcracker was a pinnacle holiday event for Southwest Louisiana that impacted the lives of countless families and young dancers,” said LABT Artistic Director Colleen Benoit. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet set to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous score, and it premiered in Russia in 1892. The production has enjoyed enormous popularity since the 1960s in the United States, and the Lake Charles Ballet Society was one of the first ballet companies to perform the iconic Balanchine staging in the nation. LABT continues to hold the rights to this staging today. The Christmastime production follows the young girl Clara as she journeys through a fantastical world of sweets with her heroic prince, the Nutcracker.

Students of the Lake Charles Dance Academy, ranging from elementary through college, perform alongside local actors and community volunteers to complete a cast of over 100 and wearing over 200 professionally made costumes. Troy Gable will return as a performing guest artist, and Randy Partin of Lake Charles Little Theatre will return as technical director.

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November 23
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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