Issue 76 November 2018
The Nutcracker: A Grand Holiday Tradition

The Nutcracker:
A Grand Holiday Tradition
Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 9, 2018
2:00 pm

University of Illinois at Springfield
Sangamon Auditorium
Springfield, IL

Advance Tickets SAVE!
Tickets: $17 to $37
Day of Show: $22 to $42 

Click  HERE  to order tickets online, or call the ticket office directly at 217-206-6160. 

Presenting Sponsor: US Bank
Supporting Sponsor: Landmark Automotive Group

The Springfield Ballet Company proudly presents its 44th annual production of  The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday classic that follows Clara and her Nutcracker from a lavish Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King, then to a magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. The production features a cast of more than 120, including our Company dancers, local adult actors, young dancers from the community and professional guest artists.

Did you know!? 
The Springfield Ballet Company is going on tour! We have been hired by the Danville Symphony Orchestra to perform The Nutcracker on December 2, 2018, at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium in Danville, IL. For more info or tickets to our touring production, visit the Danville Symphony Orchestra's website HERE

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Springfield Ballet Company dancers have had a busy month of promoting The Nutcracker! 

We performed at Fun Frosty Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on Friday, November 23. We performed at Memorial's Festival of Trees on Saturday, November 24. And, we hosted a Nutcracker story time at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Sunday, November 25.

Thank you to everyone who came out for a sneak peek of our enchanting production of The Nutcracker! Don't miss our incredible performances, December 8 & 9, at Sangamon Auditorium! 

Coloring Contest Winners!

Springfield Ballet Company hosted a Nutcracker coloring contest to promote our upcoming production of The Nutcracker !

We were so impressed by the creativity and designs from our young participants. Congratulations to everyone involved! 

We wish we could have chosen every entry, but we had to narrow it down to three winners per category. Here are the winning images!



First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Winners received a voucher for two free tickets to The Nutcracker. Congratulations and enjoy the show! 
Partners in Performance

Could you imagine a community without the arts?
We couldn't do what we do without your support.

Celebrating more than 40 years as the premiere dance company in central Illinois, the Springfield Ballet Company continues to fulfill a mission driven by artistic vision and dedication to our community.  The SBC provides valuable training for talented young dancers, high quality entertainment for patrons, and community outreach and education programs for schools and special groups.
Please consider the Springfield Ballet Company and our positive contributions to your family and community as we ask you to support us in our Partners in Performance campaign.
Here are some examples of what your contribution to the SBC will be used for:

$1,000 gift helps pay for male guest artists and partnering experience for our Company dancers
$500 gift helps pay for training of one Company dancer
$250 gift helps pay for innovative additions to our performances, such as aerial silks for Rockballet
$100 gift helps pay for lighting for one scene in Rockballet
$50 gift helps pay for props used in our performances

To request a donation form, please contact Sally Hamilton at 217.544.1967 or  hamilton@springfieldballetco.org .

To donate NOW securely via PayPal, please click HERE.
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All the best,


Julie Ratz, SBC Artistic Director
Sally Hamilton, SBC Administrative Director
Gina DeCroix Russell, SBC Ballet Mistress
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Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL  62701
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Upcoming Events:

SBC's Boys & Girls Clubs Ballet Outreach Program:
Ongoing through fall and spring

The Nutcracker Tour with the Danville Symphony Orchestra:
December 2, 2018 

The Nutcracker: 
December 8 & 9, 2018

First Night Springfield:
December 31, 2018 

Open Auditions for Cinderella:
January 12, 2019

SBC's Girl Scouts Workshop:
March 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

Boys & Girls Clubs and Trainee Recital: 
March 29, 2019 

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