Broad Ripple dance students rehearse for their performance of "The Nutcracker" Many things make the holiday season special, but it’s hard to imagine most of those vivid memories without the impact of the fine arts. Whether it’s that song that holds a special place in your heart, the movie your family loves to watch or the live performance you can’t miss every December – the arts enrich our holidays!

The ballet students at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities have been working hard all year to boost the holiday spirit in Indianapolis. You’re invited to their annual performance of The Nutcracker next week.

“We start auditions and rehearsals as soon as they come back from summer break. Then we explode with excitement during the holiday season,” said dance faculty member Nicole Hargro.

Broad Ripple’s version of the holiday classic ballet is perfect for families. It’s one hour long, so you don’t have to worry about the little ones getting restless in the middle of a long night’s performance. The price point is hard to beat as well – tickets for the main evening performance are only $7 each!

Director Therese Chatelaine found a creative way to condense the show into 60 minutes by adding narration. Audience members will see a grandmother reading the story to her granddaughter. Then the story will come to life through dance. This unique version of the classic is sure to include all of the characters and moments you remember well!

“I think it enriches the performance,” Chatelaine said, “because many children love to be read to. They’ll enjoy hearing the story and seeing it come alive on stage.”

The audience at the evening performance on December 10 will get a special treat, as Dance Kaleidoscope member and Broad Ripple graduate Jillian Godwin joins the cast. She and dance faculty member Thomas Lewey will perform the Grand Pas de Deux.

All performances of The Nutcracker are in Broad Ripple’s Poston Auditorium. The performance schedule is:

Wednesday, December 10, 3:00 p.m. – $3 admission
Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. – $7 admission

Thursday, December 11, 11:00 a.m. – $1 admission*
*Reservations required for December 11 performance. Please contact Jessica Murphy at murphyje@myips.org or at 693.5706 for reservations or questions.

We hope to see you there!