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October 17, 2013 / ivytechartspartner

Printing Partners and the Indianapolis School of Ballet Present: The Nutcracker

nutcrackerDecember 20-23, 2013

You are invited to experience the beauty of more than 80 dancers performing in the 6th annual production of The Nutcracker at the magnificent Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater. Indulge in Central Indiana’s favorite holiday pastime with a trip to, The Nutcracker, December 20-23 in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the ballet’s secure online box office at, or by calling 317-955-7525, 4 pm to 8 pm, Monday through Friday, or 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

Be transported into Victorian Indianapolis, where a Christmas tree grows over 20 feet before your eyes. Feel the thrill of the battle between evil mice and heroic toy soldiers, and laugh along as Mother Ginger corrals her amusing children. Beautiful scenery by master scenic artist and designer C. David Higgins recreates the historic Morris-Butler House, an Indiana Landmarks museum house. Exquisite hand-made costumes by Loukia Finale, former seamstress in Oscar de la Renta’s Manhattan atelier and costumer for the Piraeus Theater in Greece, transport you to another time and place. Barrymore Award-winning designer James Leitner crafts the production’s lighting and design. Ballroom dancers from Indianapolis-based Riolo Dance will portray the adult partygoers in the first scene as part of an ongoing professional collaboration between Lyras and Marie Riolo Roach. Professional choreography in the ballet includes pieces by Robert Rodham, Victoria Lyras, and George Balanchine.

The Indianapolis School of Ballet has again received permission from the George Balanchine Trust to use Balanchine’s famous Act Two Grand Pas de Deux © in this production. The Trust requires the engagement of approved repetiteurs to stage Mr. Balanchine’s choreography. Ms. Lyras has been honored with staging this work for ISB’s production.

Featured guest artists include Paul Vitali and Chris Lingner. Vitali, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Feld Ballets/NY, returns as Herr Drosselmeyer, the benevolent maker of magic who gives young Clara her beloved nutcracker. Lingner, a native of Indianapolis who danced in national tours of Movin’ Out and Hairspray, will perform the role of Cavalier and Snow King.

This year’s production is supported in part by Title Sponsor Printing Partners, Lead Sponsor Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and Associate Sponsors NUVO, Motionwear, and The National Bank of Indianapolis. Additional support has been provided by, the Indiana Arts Commission with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and WISH-TV 8.

Photos available upon request.


Ticket Information:

The Nutcracker
The Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater
Friday, December 20th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 21st at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 22nd at 3:00 pm
Monday, December 23rd at 3:00 pm
Tickets range from $15-$25
(317)-955-7525 or visit


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: All media are invited to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the performers, choreographers, and staff about the production.
For more information, please contact Betsy Busald at 317-955-7525 or by email at


About Indianapolis School of Ballet
Established in 2006 by Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras, ISB is recognized as the premier destination in Indiana for professional dance instruction. Headquartered in downtown Indianapolis, ISB’s mission is to advance professional ballet and dance education in our community through world-class training and dynamic performances provided in a culturally diverse environment designed for the continual physical, intellectual, and artistic growth of all dancers.

About A Midsummer Night’s Dream Production Staff
Victoria Lyras, Founding Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer
A native of Athens Greece, Ms. Lyras received her training at the School of American Ballet under the guidance of Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Helene Dudin, Suki Schorer, Muriel Stuart, Antonina Tumkovsky and Stanley Williams. While studying at the School of American Ballet, she performed many children’s roles with the New York City Ballet. George Balanchine and Barbara Weisberger selected her for the Pennsylvania Ballet where she rose through the ranks to soloist and principal dancer. During her career, she has toured and performed as a freelance guest artist and master teacher throughout the United States. During the 1994-95 season, Ms. Lyras was a principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet. In 1996, she joined the professional staff of Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers in New York City and directed the ballet program designed exclusively for figure skaters. She later founded “Lyrical Designs,” her company that designs and executes competitive skating dresses, tutus, ballet costumes and headpieces. Ms. Lyras started the Indianapolis School of Ballet in August 2006.

James Leitner, Lighting Designer and Production Manager
Mr. Leitner has worked professionally in dance since 1977. During that time, he has worked with Pennsylvania Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Miami City Ballet, the University of Wisconsin Dance Department, DanceWorks, Waves Jazz Dance, and the Vail International Dance Festival. He has also worked with various and numerous opera and theater organizations.

Loukia Finale, Costumer
Loukia Finale immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1966. Her intricate and meticulous attention to detail earned her reputation as a favored dressmaker amongst many esteemed New York City clients. Most notably, Finale worked in Oscar de la Renta’s Manhattan atelier and designed costumes for the Civic Theater of Piraeus and many theatrical productions in Greece. Her many other talents include cooking, entertaining and gardening.


Free Related Event:

Nutcracker Sneak Peek at the Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch:
Join us for a fanciful and fun sneak peek performance of The Nutcracker, performed by students of the Indianapolis School of Ballet! Stay following the performance to learn the ballet basics! Dress as your favorite holiday character or ballerina and enjoy an afternoon of dance, character visits, prizes, and an introductory dance lesson for all ages. Join us for this free event on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Central Public Library, located at 40 East St. Clair Street.


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