Popular ballet dancing pirouettes back into Bethesda area

December 6, 2013 by  

A classic dance production has returned to the Bethesda area for the holidays. For the next two weekends, the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre will be presenting The Nutcracker at Montgomery College in Rockville. A printing company may be supplying programs and posters for this annual event.

The show has now been a tradition in the greater Washington, D.C. area for 25 years. It will once again feature elaborate costumes and scenery designed to dazzle attendees of all ages. Students and seasoned dancers alike will perform against a backdrop of glistening snowflakes, life-sized sweet treats, and an ever-expanding Christmas tree. In addition to the leading characters, Clara and Fritz, toy soldiers, dolls, and gigantic mice will take the stage.

This year, The Nutcracker will first run from today, December 6, through Sunday, December 8. It will pick up again next Friday, December 13, and continue through Sunday, December 15. Each performance will last roughly two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. There will be a 7:00 pm show on both Fridays and 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm shows on the two Saturdays and Sundays.

All performances will take place at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center (51 Mannakee Street). Tickets will cost $17 to $25 and will be required for all guests, including small children. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available for purchase in the building’s lobby.

Those interested in attending any of the shows may call (301) 762-1757 to make their reservations. Tickets will also be available at the door.