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A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker at the Pioneer Center


nutcracker-mother-ginger-ab-300x189-5472125-8491827The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts comes alive with a sugar plum fairy and dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents its 19th annual Nutcracker Ballet on December 12, 13, 14, 2014.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. Laura Jackson will conduct the orchestra.

Principal dancers who have performed with professional ballet companies such as Ballet West, Houston Ballet and the Diablo Ballet will perform the leading roles along side a large cast of local talent.

Nutcracker performances are Friday December 12 at 8 p.m., December 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday December 14 at 2 p.m. at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno. Ticket prices are $25 to $55 with discounts for seniors and children.

A special “Sugar Plum Party” will be held after the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances where children can meet the Nutcracker characters.


Mark your calendars now for this spectacular holiday tradition. For tickets call the Pioneer Center box office at 1-866-553-6605 or on-line at pioneercenter.com. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information call A.V.A. Ballet Theatre at 775-762-5165 or on-line at avaballet.com or call the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 775-686-6600.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is the resident ballet company of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. They are northern Nevada’s largest company under the instruction of a professional faculty with years of performing experience in renowned metropolitan ballet and production companies across the United States and Europe.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.