Danville’s Children’s Ballet presents holiday classic

By Peg McRoy Glover

One of Hendricks County’s best holiday offerings is The Children’s Ballet performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

Complete with toy maker Herr Drosselmeyer, Mother Ginger and all of her children, and the beautiful dance of the snowflakes, it is the perfect setting for creating annual holiday memories and traditions.

Ballet students of all ages, professional ballerinas, ballet instructors and volunteers have come together creating an ensemble of 50 cast members for this performance.

Actors from the Hendricks County Civic Theatre will portray townspeople. Bill Franklin, owner of a Danville’s Court House Grounds café, will reprise his role as Herr Drosselmeyer from previous years.

“So many of us attend performances of ‘The Nutcracker’ every year in Indianapolis,” said Anne Johansson, executive director of The Children’s Ballet. “That is why we are so excited to bring Marie, the Sugar Plum Fairy, all of the characters from the Land of the Sweets, and, of course, the Nutcracker to our local stage.”

Three performances will be presented on the Danville High School stage Dec. 17-19.

The Children’s Ballet 

The Nutcracker

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19.

Cost: $20 adults, $10 for children ages 2-12, under 2 free.

Website: http://thechildrensballet.com

Court House Grounds owner Bill Franklin plays audience favorite Herr Drosselmeyer every year. Children’s Ballet student Olivia Abott previously portrayed Marie in the school’s performance of the Nutcracker. (Photo provided by Sarah Crail)