Princeton Youth Ballet (PYB) opens its 2016-2017 season with a new production of “The Nutcracker” to be performed on Saturday, December 10, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 4 p.m. at Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, 151 Moore Street, Princeton.

“I never thought that I would do a Nutcracker simply because there are already too many versions in the world,” says Princeton Youth Ballet’s artistic director and choreographer, Risa Kaplowitz, about her decision to create an adaptation of this beloved holiday classic for the talented young dancers of PYB.

“But I recently realized that PYB dancers and audiences need to experience Nutcracker, as it is quintessential to the ballet canon. I also finally felt ready to tackle the story and find my own voice in it.”

Kaplowitz’s storytelling through the language of dance is both sensitive and articulate, and the young dancers who perform her work are expressive beyond their years. “One of our missions at Princeton Youth Ballet is to encourage a love and appreciation for classical ballet through inspired storytelling, magical productions, and uncompromising artistry,” says Kaplowitz. “I think PYB audiences know now to expect to see highly skilled, warm, and passionate young dancers in our productions.”

While “The Nutcracker” ballet is well known, what many may not realize is that most companies have their own productions, with the story retold in their own visual styles and versions of the choreographic narrative. The original ballet was choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and was based on the book, “The Nutcracker,” by Alexander Dumas, which was itself adapted from “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” by E.T.A. Hoffman.

Kaplowitz’s version will be enhanced by beautiful projection backdrops created by Raymond DeVoe, with whom she has collaborated before on PYB’s “Cinderella.” The production will also feature costumes designed or constructed by Beverly MacDonald, Barbara Osburn, Cathy Hazard, and Rhode Island School of Design sophomore apparel major, Elizabeth Shevelev.

Princeton Youth Ballet has already captured the hearts of audiences in its original productions of Risa Kaplowitz’s “The Secret Garden,” “The Snow Queen,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Cinderella.” The Company is certain to bring this classic holiday tale of a young girl’s adventures with her Nutcracker vividly to life as they journey into a harrowing and sometimes comical battle between soldiers and mice, a Forest of Dancing Sugar Crystals and the indulgent Land of the Sweets. Accompanied by the familiar swells of Tchaikovsky’s iconic musical score, Princeton Youth Ballet’s adaptation of “The Nutcracker” is sure to deliver delectable holiday magic.

Tickets are $15-$20 in advance or $20-$25 at the door.

Reward your corporate team with tickets to The Nutcracker. Corporate/group discounts and special pricing for Scout groups are available.

Buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/ev­ent/­2582215 or by calling 800-838-3006, option 1.

For information about Princeton Youth Ballet and the company’s 2016-2017 season, visit www.princetonyouthballet.org.

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