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Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts to present Dance Theatre in Westchester's The Colonial Nutcracker

by Michelle Brandon
August 14, 2013
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, NY 11210
718-951-4500
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2013-2014 season with its annual holiday performance of Dance Theatre in Westchester's The Colonial Nutcracker on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

Created especially for families with children ages four to ten, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Snowflakes," a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes' delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky's enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages.

In addition to The Colonial Nutcracker, Brooklyn Center's 2013-2014 family performances include the Russian-language Christmas musical The Snow Maiden (Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4pm), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2pm), Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's Lunar New Year Celebration (Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3pm), Cirque Ziva (Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3pm), Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle (Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2pm), Sid the Science Kid – Live! (Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2pm) and American Family Theater's The Wizard of Oz (Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 2pm). Brooklyn Center will also present two free family events, once again partnering with The School of American Ballet to present The Beauty of Ballet (Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2pm) and hosting the Seventh Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration (Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3pm). Family programming ticket prices range from free to $35, with a 50% discount available to children 12 and under for select performances.

About Dance Theatre in Westchester

Dance Theatre in Westchester is a professional company founded in 1979 by Artistic Director Rose Menes. With a repertoire that includes The Colonial Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Peter and the Wolf, and Cinderella, the company engages both professional dancers from around the world as well as talented students from throughout the tri-state area for its ballets. In addition to creating all of the staging and choreography for her company, Ms. Menes has also choreographed several operas including The Merry Widow, Faust, and Orfeo ed Eurydice at theaters ranging from the Williams Center for the Performing Arts in New Jersey to the Anchorage Opera in Alaska.

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In 2014-2015, Brooklyn Center will celebrate its 60th anniversary season, which will correspond with the opening of the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.

In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn's Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids and Brooklyn's Best Place for Family Bonding by Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect Parents' Picks Awards.

The Colonial Nutcracker
Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2PM
Tickets: $10


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2/5 trains to Flatbush Avenue / on-site paid parking available
Running time: approx 2 hours plus intermission
Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 3331

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2013-2014 season is provided by: Brooklyn College; Target; Con Edison; TD Bank; National Grid; Macy's Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; TD Charitable Foundation; the Herman Goldman Foundation; and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Additional support provided by CNG Publications and The Brooklyn Eagle. The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center's 2013-2014 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee's.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assemblywomen Rhoda Jacobs and Helene E. Weinstein, New York City Councilman Albert Vann and the Department of Youth & Community Development, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.
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