The Nutcracker

Presented by Methuen Ballet Ensemble

Methuen Ballet Ensemble brings this holiday classic back to the Firehouse!

$27.00 Evening Performance with Gala
$25.00 Matinees

Saturday, November 25, 2017
at 3:00PM

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Gala Reception at 6:00PM; Performance at 7:00PM

Sunday, November 26, 2017
at 3:00PM

Sabi Varga Join us in this very special production of Methuen Ballet Ensemble's The Nutcracker. The company is thrilled to announce that world renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Sabi Varga will be joining this year's production. It is not to be missed! In addition to dancing in the production, Mr. Varga will be tapping into his creative and artistic talents as guest choreographer for select scenes!

Mr. Varga trained at the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary. In 1997 he was named “Best Young Dancer” at the International Rudolf Nureyev Competition. After graduating from the Academy, he was invited to join Alberta Ballet under the direction of Mikko Nissinen.

While with Alberta Ballet, he performed principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Helga Tomasson, and Christopher Weheeldon. In 2002, Nissinen invited Sabi to join Boston Ballet. He was promoted to second soloist in 2004 and to soloist in 2006. Mr. Varga enjoyed over 10 years as a soloist with the Boston Ballet performing principal roles in numerous ballets including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Lady of the Camellias, Balanchine's Duo Concertant and Serenade, and Helen Pickett's Etesian.

Methuen Ballet Ensemble, an established ballet company under the artistic direction of Vanessa Voter Shaheen, has staged The Nutcracker for over twenty-five years. All principal roles are performed by members of Methuen Ballet Ensemble, whose experience totals over 150 years of classical ballet training under Ms. Shaheen's tutelage. Students of Voter's School of Dance and North Shore Performing Arts Center perform all other roles. Dancers hail from Methuen, Lawrence, Merrimac, Haverhill, N. Andover, Georgetown, Groveland, Boxford, Ipswich, Salisbury, Rowley, Newbury, and West Newbury, MA, as well as Salem, Pelham, Plaistow, Windham, and Manchester, NH.

Each year, this production has become more elaborate with stunning visual effects and custom-designed costumes by a well-known Canadian designer. All performances include a giant growing Christmas tree, a heavenly mist, and an abundance of snowfall. Note: No chemicals will be used during this production. The mist effect will be achieved with the lighting design.

History of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble:

Vanessa Rae Voter founded Methuen Ballet Ensemble in 1989 as a platform for promising students to showcase their talents, performing both classical and modern ballets for the public. Her inspiration came from her years as a dancer with Boston Ballet. During the audition process for The Nutcracker, those children not cast in roles touched her, by their disappointment and tears. She vowed that someday she would have a company of her own, where every child who auditioned would be guaranteed a part. She realized her dream and has been successfully staging The Nutcracker for over 20 years, never having rejected an auditioning dancer.

About Vanessa Rae Voter:

Vanessa Rae Voter is Artistic Director and Choreographer for Methuen Ballet Ensemble, a semi-professional ballet company. She is also Director of the Classical Ballet program at Voter's School of Dance, founded by her mother, Pam Voter, in 1951.

Ms. Voter attended The Boston Conservatory. In addition to dancing with Boston Ballet, she also performed with Ballet Dance Theatre of Boston. Her extensive training includes instruction from Marina Svetlova, Madame Sulamith Messerer (former Prima Ballerina and teacher with the Bolshoi Ballet), E. Virginia Williams, Violet Verdi, Robert Pierce, and David Howard. She has been a guest teacher for Dance Teachers Club of Boston and Dance Teachers Club of Brockton, as well as serving on judge's panels in both Boston and Brockton. She is a member of Dance Teachers Club of Boston and National Council of America and a member of Dance Masters of America.

In addition to teaching classical ballet on a full-time basis, Ms. Voter has also choreographed all ballets performed by Methuen Ballet Ensemble. Included in her portfolio are: Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf, Peter Pan, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Fisherman & The Maiden, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppellia, The Magic Flute, Petrushka, La Petite Fantastique, and The Nutcracker.

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