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Holiday Favorite To Be Performed in New Martinsville, Wheeling

Enhance your Christmas season with the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Monday,?Dec. 8 at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville.

Presented by ArtsLink and sponsored by Ken Block in memory of Pat Block, this classic will delight and entertain adults and children as it fills the audience with the Christmas spirit.

Local dancers from the Academy for Dance and Theatre Arts in New Martinsville appearing in the cast as “angels” include: Hannah Kirkland, Lauren Gaiser, Kelsey Litman, Angel Dennis, Brooklyn Anderson, Ava Giovinazza, Emerson Barcus, Breauna Anderson, Sierra Gautschi and Riley Klug. Party children played by ADTA students include Hallie McDonald, Jourdan Schramm and Kaylyn Wallace.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Children are welcome to don their party dresses or other holiday finery for this event. Theater parties are welcome with a discount for groups of more than10 people.

Based on the book “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” written by E.T.A. Hoffman, the ballet follows the dreams of a little girl named Clara. At the family Christmas party, her Godfather Drosselmeyer presents her with a mysterious gift of a nutcracker, and her jealous little brother, Fritz, promptly breaks it. As the guests depart, Clara comes quietly back into the living room to see her nutcracker and falls asleep there. Her dreams take her through a fierce battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a visit to the Land of the Sweets where candy dancers perform for her, and finally a journey through the snow kingdom with whirling, dancing snowflakes.

The MOVB has toured extensively throughout a four-state region since 1981, presenting “The Nutcracker” to audiences of more than 500,000, including thousands of public school children throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

Annie Woofter will appear as Clara. Suzy Gunter will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Michael Dillon will perform as the Nutcracker, with Bryan Cunningham appearing as Herr Drosselmeyer.

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