For Immediate Release
Contact: Soleste Lupu
It's Time for Tucson's Annual Magical and Musical Ballet Adventure!
Dancing in the Streets Full-Scale Production of the Nutcracker at Historic Fox Theatre
Featuring live music provided by Civic Orchestra of Tucson.
Tucson, AZ (August 2012) --- On Saturday, December 22, and Sunday, December 23, Dancing in the Streets Arizona
(DITSAZ) will present the annual holiday favorite of the Nutcracker with showers of shimmering snow, special guests
including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, David Fitzsimmons, and more, surprise appearances. The Historic Fox Theatre
glistening with light and merriment promise this year's production to be the best one ever! Saturdays Performance is
scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Fox Theatre 17 West Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701 Sundays Performance is
scheduled for 3:00pm at the Historic Fox Theatre.
This ballet has become an new annual tradition for many of our South Tucson families," says Founder/Artistic Director
Joseph Rodgers “Our cast is the most diverse group of dancers in all of greater Tucson,” Time after time, children of all
ages are delighted by the danced version of the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale, featuring the magical toymaker Herr
Drosselmeier, Claire, her beloved Nutcracker Prince, dancing Snowflakes, and battling mice. It's an adventure not to be
The original Nutcracker is a fairytale ballet set to music composed in 1891-1892 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa
choreographed the first ballet based on Alexandre Dumas adaptation of the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by
E.T.A. Hoffmann. The inaugural performance was held in December 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since then, the ballet
has become a holiday tradition and one of the most popular ballets of all time. Its universal appeal has been attributed to its
timeless characters and the beautifully intricate choreography, costumes, and set design. Writing in the Seattle Times in
2006, Mary Murfin Bailey described it perfectly: Experiencing the joy of Nutcracker can fortify you for the hectic demands of
the holiday. It slows it all down for a minute (but not slow enough to lose the attention of the younger children in the
audience), and leaves you tuned to what is genuine and beautiful in this season.
Typically, the DITSAZ performance plays to a sold-out house. According to DITSAZ president Marian Lupu, “I believe our
rendition of the performance is as successful as it is because of Joseph Rodgers' amazing ability to work with all his
dancers from age 3 to adults in a way that brings out their individual abilities and strengths as dancers, fine tuning each
scene with humor in order to provide a captivating experience for the audience.
What: The 2012 The Nutcracker ballet performance
When: Saturday, December 22, and Sunday, December 23, 2012
Where: Fox Theater, 17 West Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701 http://www.foxtucsontheatre.org/
Time: Saturday, December 22 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 3:00pm
Ticket Prices: Start at $13.00
Info and Ticket Sales: Call the box office: (520) 547-3040 Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Weekends -- 2 hours prior to each performance. For additional Dancing in the Streets info call (520) 867-8489 or (520) 298-
7738 or visit www.ditsaz.org
About Dancing in the Streets Arizona: DITSAZ was founded in August 2008 as a not-for-profit organization that uses the
excitement and discipline of ballet to guide children and at-risk youth as they work to achieve life skills, and to promote an
interest in the art of ballet and dance within the local community. The studio has no paid staff and relies upon the
generosity of donors to provide full and partial scholarships to more than half its students.
To learn more about DITSAZ call (520) 867-8489 or visit the organization’s website at www.ditsaz.org.
Joseph Rodgers, and Soleste Lupu, Artistic Directors
Dancing in the Streets Arizona
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