Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet adds third showing of The Nutcracker

Don’t miss the must-see performance of the holiday season as Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet (SMB) brings The Nutcracker to life at Shreveport’s Riverview Theater. New this season, SMB is adding a third performance of this popular holiday classic! SMB’s The Nutcracker opens Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday, Dec.10 at 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3:00 p.m..
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Professional guest artists Anais Chalendard and Patrick Yocum of Boston Ballet join SMB with a cast of more than 100 local dancers in this holiday classic led by Artistic Director Kendra Meiki. The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra conducted by SMB Music Director Kermit Poling will accompany the performances on Friday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 11.

“Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet is pleased to once again bring our talented cast of local dancers to the Riverview stage in our annual performance of The Nutcracker. SMB is proud to be the only local dance company bringing this holiday classic to our area,” said SMB Artistic Director Kendra Meiki.

“We’re excited to announce the addition of a third performance for this season. Last year SMB sold out our two performances of The Nutcracker. We’re anticipating sell-out numbers again this year, so we’ve added a Friday evening performance to accommodate the demand,” said SMB President Kristina Gustavson.

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Special events for the 2016 production include a cash bar — sponsored by T&M Fence Co. — during the Friday evening performance and the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea — sponsored by Strawn’s Eat Shop — Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.. Tickets for the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea include a character meet and greet from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. and a light lunch. Make a day of the ballet by purchasing tickets for the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea and the Sunday matinee performance of The Nutcracker.

Tickets for The Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea go on sale October 3rd. Performance tickets range from $16 through $42. Tickets for the tea are $16 each or $105 for a reserved table for 8. All ticket prices include LA state sales tax. Tickets can be purchased online at www.shreveportmetroballet.org or by calling SMB at 318-221-8500.