‘The Nutcracker’ Returns To Bloomington

This is the third year for our Director Michael Vernon's choreography. but there are some changes so audiences that return will see some new things.

The Indiana University Ballet Theater’s 2009 production of The Nutcracker takes place in the Musical Arts Center with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 4, 5 and 6 with evening performances on Friday and Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

WFIU’s George Walker talked with Doricha Sales, the director of IU’s Pre-College Dance Program and IU’s Ballet Mistress.

“We’re very excited about this year’s production. It features the familiar sets and costumes of C. David Higgins and the original choreography by the program’s director Michael Vernon. This is the third year that the company has worked with Michael’s choreography. The general outline is the same, but there are some changes, some fine tuning. The combination of these slight changes and the growth of the program are creating a growing and developing production.”

Sales went on to talk a bit about the company. “One of the things that has been happening over the past years is the growth of the company. Each year the dancers who audition for our program are stronger. They are better prepared and have more experience. And our own program has developed in rigor to help them become even more accomplished. This year we have such a strong group that there are different dancers taking the leads in each of the performances. “

“And I do have to mention that there’s been growth in the Pre-College Program as well. This year we actually have a little boy playing Fritz, Clara’s sister. In the past it’s usually been a girl with her hair tucked up under a cap. Our Fritz has been working hard and we’re very happy that little boys who come to the performance will see a boy up on stage.”

The Nutcracker at Indiana University
December 4, 5, 6, 2009
Music by Tchaikovsky
Choreography Michael Vernon
Design C. David Higgins
Conductor David Cook

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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