Festival Ballet Providence Ignites the Holiday Season with a Fresh New Take on ‘The Nutcracker’

A diverse cast of dancers both young and seasoned take center stage in the beloved holiday ballet.
Festival Ballet Nutcracker

Courtesy of Festival Ballet Providence.

If you’ve had visions of sugar plums dancing in your head since the minute the clock struck midnight on November 1, you’re not going to want to miss this year’s The Nutcracker performance by the Festival Ballet Providence (FBP). Well known for their curated dance series, educational programs and community outreach, FBP is returning to the Vets with a fresh new take on the beloved holiday ballet from December 16–24. Audiences will be delighted by vibrant and shimmering costumes, colorful sets, a spectacular thirty-eight foot tall tree, clever magic tricks and a charming Nutcracker designed by local favorite Big Nazo Lab. A cast of talented young dancers will also grace the stage and perform alongside the FBP of world-class resident artists who hail from around the world but now call Rhode Island home.

The new production of The Nutcracker has been crafted by renowned choreographer, decorated former Boston Ballet dancer and FBP Artistic Curator Yury Yanowsky. His inviting and charming choreography offers an innovative look at the timeless Tchaikovsky classic and incorporates more than 100 children from across Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In a special full circle moment, AJ Maio of Barrington, who played the roles of Fritz and a Party Boy in FBP’s Nutcracker from 2007 to 2017, will take on the role of the titular character in this year’s performance.

Festival Ballet Nutcracker 2

Courtesy of Festival Ballet Providence.

“We are thrilled to bring Rhode Island’s very own Nutcracker back to the Vets, fresh off our blockbuster premiere last year,” says the FBP team. “As we continue to settle our production into the newly renovated Vets, boasting beautiful sightlines and warm acoustics, we are thrilled to welcome audiences to a tradition that was greeted with audience and critical acclaim. Showcasing vibrant and inviting choreography by Yury Yanowsky and a children’s cast of over 100 young dancers, the Nutcracker is the perfect holiday treat for the whole family.”

For tickets and times, visit festivalballetprovidence.org or thevetsri.com.