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First State Ballet to present 'The Nutcracker' Dec. 14 at Owens Campus

November 15, 2013
First State Ballet Theatre will come to Del Tech in Georgetown Dec. 14 to perform "The Nutcracker" for the 12th consecutive year. SOURCE SUBMITTED

First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, caps its 12th year of exciting performances at Delaware Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown with Sussex County’s longest-running production of the beloved holiday classic "The Nutcracker" Saturday, Dec. 14.

Vice President and Owens Campus Director Dr. Ileana Smith said, “We are delighted to have partnered with FSBT for the past 12 years to make 'The Nutcracker' at Delaware Tech a Sussex County tradition, and we look forward to another wonderful performance.”

FSBT President Robert Grenfell said, “'The Nutcracker' is by far the world’s most popular ballet. The combination of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music, the familiar story, the exciting dancing of FSBT’s professional company and our beautiful costumes created in Russia make 'The Nutcracker' a favorite with audiences of all ages. And, to keep our performances affordable, we have not raised our family-friendly ticket prices since our first Sussex County performance in 2002.”

Grenfell added, “Another special aspect of this year’s production is our continuing collaboration with Sussex Dance Academy, whose students will perform the Angels and Polichinelles variations in Act II.”

The Dec. 14 performance begins at 7 p.m. in Delaware Tech’s Arts and Science Center theater on Route 18 in Georgetown. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for Delaware Tech staff, as well as all students and seniors. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 302-259-6100.

Grenfell said, “Last year’s performance was completely sold out, and we were forced to turn away many last-minute patrons at the door. I encourage everyone to call today to buy their tickets for this year’s show.”

The First State Ballet Theatre is a 501c3 corporation, founded in 2000, whose mission is to present professional ballet performances to audiences throughout Delaware.

Delaware Tech - the First State’s only community college - offers academic, technical, continuing education, corporate and community training comprising more than 100 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs. Go to www.dtcc.edu to learn more.