The Jacksonville Symphony’s First Coast Nutcracker Ballet offers a wonderful way to learn while enjoying quality entertainment just days before the holiday break in December. This year, these fully staged educational performances are offered in the Moran Theater at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15, 2017. You may choose to attend Act I (Party Scene, Battle Scene, and Snow Scene), Act II (Angels, Waltz of the Flowers, Marzipan, Russian, Chinese, Arabian, Bonbons etc.), or both Act I and Act II.
During past performances students have been very enthusiastic when they realized that they recognized many parts of Tchaikovsky’s stirring music played live by the Symphony from the orchestra pit. In addition, the beautiful scenery, intricate costumes, and lively dancing are key ingredients in keeping their attention. There is magic and gymnastics in the party scene, lots of action when toy soldiers defend the Nutcracker prince from the mice, and a fun geography lesson as different countries are represented in the scenes in Act II. I find it very heartwarming to stand backstage and hear the children cheering and applauding for classical music and ballet.
We strive to make our production artistically excellent and a meaningful experience for the young dancers who participate, as well as for all those who attend. Each student will receive a 14 page First Coast Nutcracker Adventure Guide (delivered to your school if possible) to learn more about the composer, choreographer, symphonies and how these elements come together to create a beautiful art form. There are also games to play and pictures to remember the day.
I know your students will enjoy this special holiday tradition and they will learn a lot as well. Please consider arranging this field trip for your class or the entire school and we will do everything possible to make it a rewarding and inspiring experience. The dancers will be practicing very hard for the next three months and are eager to perform with our two world-acclaimed guest artists and the Jacksonville Symphony especially for you and your class.
Please return the enclosed form as soon as possible and we will be happy to reserve a place for your students. To help minimize costs and keep prices for the educational performances so low we would really appreciate it if you would share this letter with the other teachers at your school. On behalf of the orchestra members, cast, and production crew, we look forward to seeing you in December and helping to make those last days before the holiday break memorable.