‘Oklahoma Nutcracker' to be staged in Norman

The Norman Ballet Company will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Oklahoma Nutcracker,” a ballet based on the traditional “Nutcracker Ballet” story with an Oklahoma twist.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 15, 2011
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— The Norman Ballet Co. will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Oklahoma Nutcracker” with a performance Nov. 27.

The ballet, based on the traditional “Nutcracker Ballet” story and score by Tchaikovsky but with a distinctly Oklahoma twist, will be staged at 3 p.m. at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Ave. Tickets are $20.

A Sand Plum Fairy Tea Party for families and children will be at 1 p.m., before the performance. Children will meet the Sand Plum Fairy, participate in crafts and visit with Santa Claus. The cost is $18 per guest.

“Oklahoma Nutcracker” was created and choreographed by Marjorie Kovich, the ballet company's executive director. It was first performed in 2001.

Kovich's version of the ballet classic focuses on an Oklahoma historical family, the Overholser family, in Act I. The Overholser family helped develop Oklahoma City after the Land Run of 1889. The Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City was Kovich's inspiration for the first act's setting.

Act II — set on the Oklahoma prairie at sunset — focuses on the state's natural treasures, incorporating such characters as Mama Armadillo and her babies, a kingsnake and scissortail flycatchers.

Tickets are available at www.ticketstorm.com. For more information, go to www.normanballetcompany.com or email admin@normanballetcompany.com.



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