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The Nutcracker Ballet coming to Pawhuska

The beloved ballet classic, the “Nutcracker Ballet,” is coming to the Constantine Theatre this Christmas thanks to the students of Dance Maker Performing Arts Academy.

To support the upcoming performance, Osage-owned Academy is hosting an “elegant evening” of hor d’oeuvres and desserts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge, catered by Ah Tha Tse Catering. Organizers request “after-five attire” as they debut their plans for the ballet. Reservations can be made at (918) 607-3044.

“The evening will be an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Academy and its partnership with the Osage Ballet to train the next generation of dancers in the tradition of the late Maria Tallchief, America’s first prima ballerina,” said Osage Ballet Director Randy Tinker Smith.

The evening will include a short presentation by award-winning journalist, author and former manager of the Tulsa Ballet Theater, Connie Cronley. The event is free but attendees will be encouraged to make a donation to support the upcoming ballet, Smith said.

A second fundraiser, The Nutcracker Tea Party, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Short Community Center in Pawhuska. The event is $10 per ticket and reservations can be made at (918) 607-3044. Tea sandwiches, a selection of teas and sweet treats, and an opportunity for photos with Nutcracker characters will be available at the event. “This is a wonderful event for the children and your family,” said Dance Maker Academy Director, Jenna Smith.

The community may also support the upcoming Nutcracker performance by shopping at the Nutcracker Boutique at the Old Firehouse #1 Art Center on Main St. in Pawhuska, according to the release. The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Nov. 1 through Dec. 23.

“We thank our sponsors, Osage Casinos, Pawhuska Community Foundation, Osage Foundation, Blue Sky Bank, Jerry and Marlene Mosley, for helping us to continue the legacy of ballet in the Osage, and look forward to others joining our efforts,” Smith said.

The “Nutcracker Ballet” will be performed at the Constantine Theatre on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for adults. 


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Original Publish Date: 2017-10-16 00:00:00

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