Saturday, December 12, 2015

Two Christmas Shows Not To Miss

By Gioia Patton, Arts Insider

Let me tell you why you should consider attending these two shows this season. Even if you have seen them before.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker
This annual Christmas holiday production celebrates the magic and beauty of the season by taking audiences on a beautiful journey through the world of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

As Louisville Ballet’s Artistic and Executive Director, Robert Curran explains, “Louisville has such a strong connection to this holiday tradition and I love being part of that experience, especially since it is such a high-quality production. It is such a pleasure for Louisville Ballet to deliver The Brown-Forman Nutcracker to our community each year. Brown-Forman Corporation’s support for this production is exceptional; I am so grateful for their commitment to this beautiful production and to our company.”

This season Louisville Ballet welcomes Val Caniparoli, Brown-Forman Nutcracker choreographer, back into our studios to update and refine his choreography with the company.

In 2008 Louisville Ballet received a generous one million dollar gift from the Brown-Forman Corporation to create this beautifully updated production, which premiered in 2009. Choreographed by Val Caniparoli and designed by world-renowned set designer Peter Cazalet, this production celebrates Louisville by including hometown elements like the St. James Fountain and Derby Jockeys. Master illusionist Marshall Magoon created illusions specifically for this ballet that complete the magical experience.

The Louisville Orchestra will provide live music for all performances.

WHEN: Dec. 12-20, various performances
WHERE: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
TICKETS: start at $35
CONTACT: the box office (walk up or drive thru), or call 502.584.7777, or online.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Back by popular demand — Irving Berlin’s White Christmas follows a couple of World War II GI’s turned song-and-dance men as they pair up with a sister act to produce a Christmas Eve show in an effort to save a struggling Vermont lodge owned by their former commanding officer. The result is a sparkling package filled with splashy dance numbers and treasured tunes that will take audiences back to a time when life was simpler and snow was on everyone’s Christmas wish list.

Based on the timeless 1954 film starring Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. The romantic and dazzling score features Happy Holidays, Sisters, Blue Skies, I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Let Yourself Go, White Christmas, and more!

In addition to the performance of the title track, the Arts Insider can attest that a particular highlight of the production is the tap dancing number to Blue Skies (done by two of the leads and a chorus of singers/dancers). That number alone is worth the price of admission!

WHEN: through Dec. 31 various performances
WHERE: Derby Dinner Playhouse, Clarksville, Indiana
TICKETS: (single tickets) $37-$46. Group rates available for 20 or more.
CONTACT: call 812.288.8281 or here.

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