NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Jefferson Performing Arts Society returns to the Jefferson Performing Arts Center for the first time since before Hurricane Ida with The Nutcracker for two shows only on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 at 2 p.m. 00. The ballet will feature live music by the JPAS Symphony Orchestra playing the beloved familiar music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, based on ETA Hoffmann’s Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The ballet is directed by Kenneth Beck and choreographed by Kimberly Matulich-Beck with the Jefferson Ballet Theater. This is JBT’s third annual collaboration with JPAS and its 15th annual Nutcracker production.
Director Kenneth Beck says, âIt just wouldn’t be the holidays without the Nutcracker. It’s been part of my Christmas season for four decades – as a dancer, choreographer and most recently as co-director of ballet with my wife, Kimberly.
Today, The Nutcracker has taken on a new meaning. In our ever-changing world, it is a symbol of consistency and unity. The dancers who participate in The Nutcracker and the audience need to experience something normal despite the pandemic and other disruptions. We all deserve the comforts of a beautiful, traditional vacation getaway. Please join us! “
Free parking is available at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center at 6400 Airline Drive. The ticket office will open one hour before the show time. Guests are encouraged to hide inside.