The Nutcracker (2016)

Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre Presents 11th Annual “Nutcracker” Production
December 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016

Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre is delighted to announce the 11th annual staging of “The Nutcracker” as it returns to the stage of the Wheelwright Auditorium, Coastal Carolina University on December 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016.

There will also be three Nutcracker special matinee shows on December 14, 15, and 16, for elementary, middle and high school students. The school shows are part of Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s Outreach Program — that of giving back to the community by offering the show at a deeply discounted price to the student population with the purpose of introducing them to the wonderful art of Dance.

Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s production features a cast of seventy-five of the area’s most talented young dancers together with professional guest artists and community members who will bring the charming Nutcracker story to life.  The Nutcracker tells of the story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure with the Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing dolls and toy soldiers, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes to the magnificent music of Peter Tchaikovsky. Family traditions such as a family reunion, gift giving, the festive celebration of the holidays and a love story are all reflected in this magical holiday production that draws families to come see the Nutcracker performances year after year. It is a wonderful holiday tradition to share with the family and friends and to create memories to cherish forever whether continuing a holiday tradition or making the very first journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets.

One of the highlights of Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker” production is the inclusion of local celebrities and community heroes who have been invited to perform the role of “Mother Ginger”— a giant, jolly and comical figure— so big and round, with her skirts big enough to hide a group of little children who come out from under her voluminous garment and voluptuous self.  Who qualifies as a “Mother Ginger” local celebrity or community hero? Personalities who are the most respected, adored, influential, caring and/or generous community leader in the area are nominated and selected to perform as the “Mother Ginger” character. Past celebrities and/or community heroes have been game enough to join Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre dancers and have been willing to be silly that the audiences who came to see the shows loved them. A different celebrity or community hero is featured for each of the seven performances these year.

This Year’s Line-up of “Mother Ginger” Local Celebrities and Community Heroes


Dec. 10 – Shawn McLoughlin, 5th Grade Teacher, Seaside Elementary School, Garden City
Dec. 11 – Johnny Vaught, Horry County Councilman, District 8
Dec. 14 – Karen Shepherd, Police Chief, City of Loris
Dec. 15 Kathleen Williams, Realtor, Vice President of the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors
Dec. 16 – Tim Carnahan, Principal, Waccamaw Intermediate School, Pawleys Island
Dec. 17 – Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy, Mayor, City of Conway
Dec. 18 – Nicole Boone, Television News Anchor, WBTW


Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Production

The Nutcracker is an American holiday tradition and an opportunity for many dancers to experience performing in a ballet production for the very first time. It has become an annual holiday tradition in many American cities and even around the world. It is so popular that holidays are not complete without seeing The Nutcracker live.

The Nutcracker’s origin can be traced back to Russia in the late 1800’s where choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky created the ballet based on ETA Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. When Petipa became ill while choreographing the ballet, his assistant, Lev Ivonov, completed the choreography. The ballet was not highly received at its debut in St. Petersburg, Russia and not until 50 years later did it become an American Christmas icon.

In the 1900’s, touring Russian ballet companies brought the Nutcracker to the United States. Four years later, The Nutcracker was born as a full-length ballet when William Christiensen choreographed it for the San Francisco Ballet. In 1954, George Balanchine created his Nutcracker for the New York City Ballet which CBS televised in 1958, making ballet and specifically The Nutcracker, more accessible to American audiences.

American audiences loved The Nutcracker for the same reasons it was disliked in Russia, the participation of children in major roles for example, and the idealized Christmas eve scenario. The ballet depicted the tradition of having a family reunion, observing the holidays, all idealizing a close-knit family environment. Following suit of New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet, professional ballet companies and ballet schools across the United States created their own versions of The Nutcracker. Every year, ballet audiences troop to the theaters to relive the ballet’s Christmas magic, and every year, dance students, new and old cast members alike, come together to practice and perfect the ballet. Most versions of The Nutcracker share elements of ETA Hoffman’s original story and the use of Tchaikovsky’s music and many versions include roles for professional dancers and dance students.

In 2006, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre came up with its first full length staging of The Nutcracker held at the Waccamaw High School Auditorium in Pawleys Island followed by another performance at the Myrtle Beach High School Auditorium.

CYBT’s 2016 production is set with elaborate sets and beautiful costumes and includes a cast of about 65 talented and dedicated children coming from both the school (Coastal Dance Centre) and the performing company (Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre). Every year since 2006, CYBT cast members begin rehearsing from September through December thus sharing in the Nutcracker legacy and the holiday magic it offers to audiences of all ages. It has become a cultural icon in the United States and a cornerstone in ballet repertoire reflecting our values of family, the holidays and magical splendor through ballet.



CYBT’s Nutcracker 2016 Performances:

December 10, Saturday at 7 PM
December 11, Sunday at 4 PM
December 17, Saturday at 7 PM
December 18, Sunday at 4 PM

Special Matinee Performance for Area Schools
December 14, 15 and 16, at 10 AM

at the Wheelwright Auditorium. Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

Ticket Prices:

* General Admission: $25.00
* Seniors [65 and older]: $18.00 (may be purchased online but must present an ID)
* CCU Faculty and Students: $18.00 (may be purchased online but must present an ID)
* Groups of 15 or more: $18.00
* Children [Ages 3 – 12]: $10.00

How to purchase your tickets:

By Phone: Call (843) 651-2006 or (843) 839-5678

In person at:
Coastal Dance Centre Studio at The Market Common

3070 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577


Coastal Dance Centre Studio in Murrells Inlet
3554 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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