Photo & Footage Opportunity: The Nutcracker - Alberta Ballet

    CALGARY, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - You are invited to attend the studio dress
fitting of Canada's new production of The Nutcracker at the Alberta Ballet
studios. Alberta Ballet is located at the Nat Christie Centre, 141 - 18th Ave
SW. The company's dancers will be in full costume, as well as available for
interviews. Costumes will also be on display for photographing.
    Studio dress fitting for the new production of The Nutcracker will run on
Thursday, October 30 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
    The new production of The Nutcracker is the most lavish production ever
mounted by Alberta Ballet. In fact, it is one of the largest theatrical
productions ever mounted in the province. Choreographed by Edmund Stripe,
Canada's new production of The Nutcracker is the most important premiere in
Alberta Ballet's history.
    Alberta Ballet has been performing the same version of The Nutcracker for
14 years, beginning with Ali Pourfarrokh's interpretation in 1995. Mikko
Nissinen added new choreography to the ballet in 2000, but sets and costumes
remained the same. After his acclaimed creation of Alice in Wonderland in
2006, Stripe was asked by Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître to
re-choreograph The Nutcracker. It will feature hundreds of new costumes,
amazing sets and a reworked storyline. Over the past two years, hundreds of
hours of work have gone into the new production of this much-loved holiday
classic, which carries a budget of $1.5 million.
    The newest The Nutcracker in Canada comes with some impressive
statistics. Over 60 people in shops across North America have been working on
this new production. Set pieces boast over 100 casters and 3,000 feet of
steel. The walls used in Act Two feature 1,000 wooden rosettes and 3,000
jewels, which are all glued on by hand.
    Stripe's new production will be highlighted with beautiful new costumes
and sets designed by the Emmy Award-winning Zack Brown, who has designed for
over 150 dance, musical, opera, theatre and television productions. Each
costume designed by Brown for the performance is hand-worked, making them all
one-of-a-kind pieces even if they are one of a group. A single costume can
take up to five months to create.
    Stripe is eager to bring the benefits of this partnership to Alberta arts
lovers, calling it, "one of the most inspirational experiences of (his)
choreographic career." Stripe is confident that audiences will be charmed by
the new The Nutcracker.
    The all-new production of The Nutcracker runs in Edmonton at the Northern
Alberta Jubilee Auditorium from with five shows from December 11 to 14, and in
Calgary with eight shows from December 17 to 22 at the Southern Alberta
Jubilee Auditorium. All performances feature live orchestral accompaniment by
the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
    RSVPs are appreciated and can be made to Samantha Garner or Gail Helmer
at the addresses below.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Samantha Garner, Marketing and
Communications Coordinator, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 529/E:; Gail Helmer, Director of Marketing and
Communications, P: (403) 245-4222 ext 545/E:

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