WVIA to Air Scranton Civic Ballet Production of The Nutcracker

Shown, dancing in principal roles are, clockwise from top left: Alexis Green, Lilly McDonald of Dunmore; Meta Mihalchick, Robert Zaloga, Abby Lazecki, and Brooke Provinzano.

Lilly McDonald of Dunmore will be among the principal dancers when The Scranton Civic Ballet Company presents its inaugural collaboration with WVIA TV. The station  will professionally produce and air the ballet company’s 34th annual presentation of The Nutcracker under the artistic direction of Helen Gaus. 

WVIA will air The Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 25 at 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m.

In addition to Ms. McDonald, principal dancers include Rachel Stopper, Meta Mihalchick, Laflin, Alexis Green, Robert Zaloga, Abby Lazecki, and Brooke Provinzano.

The new alliance is made possible by a generous COVID Creative Community Grant from Lackawanna County Council on the Arts. Due to social distancing guidelines, the Scranton Civic Ballet Company is not able to perform live and in-person this year, but in the spirit artistic director Gaus instills in her students every day “The show will go on!”

A performance prerecorded in early December will air numerous times throughout the holiday season, courtesy of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station WVIA.

Another tradition that lives on: The Scranton Civic Ballet Company’s commitment to education. The nonprofit dance company annually hosts an educational performance of “The Nutcracker” for 1,200 school children at no charge. This year, schools will receive a digital link to enhance their virtual curriculum with this artistic performance. 

Previously, student musicians from area school had been invited to perform on site, prior to the live ballet. This year, high school band directors throughout the region are invited to showcase their student ensembles performing an excerpt of related music by Tchaikovsky. Schools and band directors interested in these opportunities are directed to contact Scranton Civic Ballet Company studio at 570-343-0115.

For additional details regarding “The Nutcracker,” visit the Scranton Civic Ballet Company Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ScrantonCivicBallet/.  

To learn more about the Scranton Civic Ballet, located at 234 Mifflin Avenue, Suite 1, Scranton, Pennsylvania, visit www.scrantoncivicballet.com or call 570-343-0115. 

This project was supported by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Community Grant, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, Esq. and Chris Chermak.

THIS MONTH: Scranton Civic Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

Civic Ballet snow queen

Lilly McDonald of Dunmore will perform as the Snow Queen in the Scranton Civic Ballet’s upcoming production of “The Nutcracker.”

Under the artistic direction of Miss Helen Gaus and assistant director Julio Alegria, 80 students and adults, ranging in age from 8 to 75, will share the timeless story of Clara, Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker that unfolds as the delicate Sugar Plum Fairy and all of Tchaikovsky’s musical sprites weave their enchanting spell. 

Tickets for the public performances Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. hosted at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple may be purchased at the Cultural Center Box Office at a cost of $18.50, plus fees. For ticket information, call 570-346-7369.

In the majestic surroundings of the Scranton Cultural Center, the Scranton Civic Ballet Company will present its annual “Eye on Dance” educational performance of “The Nutcracker” on Friday, Dec. 13.

The experience begins at 10 a.m. and will last approximately 1.5 hours. As part of a continuing commitment to education, this school performance will be presented to students at no charge.

Founded in 1978 by Miss Helen Gaus, The Scranton Civic Ballet Company is a non-profit organization focused on dance education and performance. It is the company’s mission to educate our members and the public in the art of dance while bringing the talents of well-known artists, choreographers, and master teachers into Northeast Pennsylvania for our students as well as our audiences.