Ballet Theatre of Maryland invites you to ride the Holiday Express to the most famous destination of all time - The Nutcracker. Battle the Rat Queen and her minions and help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker as you share in her magical adventures and the spirit of tradition with you loved ones. Travel once more through the realm of the Snow Queen to the Kingdom of Sweets with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince to the place where dreams come true and the holiday spirit abounds.
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Drop by our studios at lunch time! Meet the dancers, watch the company rehearse, and enjoy refreshments on us. Get in the swing of things with BTM’s dancers on Friday, September 24, 2016, 12 – 1 pm.
From now through August 15th, 2016 at noon, when single tickets go on sale to the public, subscribers can add additional single tickets to their order for any of our performances. This advantage allows subscribers to select additional seats before any of the seats are made available for purchase by the general public. Any single tickets you reserve between now and August 15th will be mailed within two weeks of the order from the Maryland Hall Box Office.
I am incredibly excited to unveil BTM’s 2016-2017 Season and invite you to share in an amazing journey as we step together through the pages of magic, intrigue, power, passion, drama, humor and adventure at our home theater at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.
Our journey begins with America’s first and most beloved original mysterious, ghost story: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This masterful retelling of Washington Irving’s masterpiece will meet your every expectation. Everyone loves a ghostly, spooky tale about things that go bump in the night—especially when the tale is full of good humor and beloved characters. The lanky, comedic school teacher, Ichabod Crane, pits himself against the athletic “jock”, Brom Bones as they vie for the attention of the lovely, mysterious, wealthy Katrina Van Tassel. And of course the spooky specter at the bottom of all the mysterious happenings is the Headless Horseman himself who will make a guest appearance onstage at Maryland Hall.
Next, I invite you to ride the Holiday Express with me to the most famous destination of all time—The Nutcracker. Battle the Rat Queen and her minions and help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker as you share in her magical adventures and the spirit of tradition with your loved ones. Travel once more through the realm of the Snow Queen to the Kingdom of Sweets with Clara and her Prince to the place where dreams come true and holiday spirit abounds. Look for some new sets pieces in our annual production at Maryland Hall.
In February, our journey takes us to under the sea for the world premiere of BTM’s The Little Mermaid at based on the 1837 fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson. A mischievous young mermaid takes us on the adventure of a lifetime when she willingly gives up her freedom of life in the sea to become human, gain an immortal soul, and win the heart of a handsome young Prince. But it will take all of her courage, selflessness, and determination to make her dreams come true by defeating a sneaky sea witch, her devious sea wraith companion, while saving two kingdoms in the process. Together, we will dive into a world of drama, magic, intrigue, music and adventure as we explore life under the sea and on land through the powerful language of dance. Several versions of this ballet have been done and are being done this season elsewhere, but there is no set musical score for this ballet, nor is there a standard version to base the choreography upon. I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of it at our Maryland Hall resident home theater—especially because it was on your list of choices for BTM’s last Audience Vote-Your-Choice Contest.
Of course, our journey wouldn’t be complete without Innovations 2016-2017 where I hope to captivate you with innovative pieces that will transport you for the Classical to the Dramatic to the Contemporary, exploring emotions and themes relevant to all of us. Journey with BTM’s dynamic, versatile dancers to explore the depth and power of the mesmerizing language of classical dance in all its forms with new and returning choreographic and musical works.
If you are looking for even more places to journey with us, you can catch The Nutcracker before anyone else at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA), Thanksgiving Weekend, or you can visit Camelot with us at the BCPA on March 19, when BTM presents Dianna Cuatto’s award winning Excalibur: The Sword in the Stone. And as a subscriber, you can add these destinations on as a bonus.
Or you can make history with us at the Lyric in Baltimore in our first season as a resident company. The Nutcracker is our first destination with two performances on Saturday, December 3, 2016 and two on Sunday, December 4, 2016. To match the grandeur of the Lyric, Our Nutcracker will be dressed with all new sets, some new, additional choreography, plus live music with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. And on April 1, 2017, you can journey with journey with us again to Camelot when BTM presents Excalibur: The Sword in the Stone to Maggie Sansone’s powerful score. This ballet was voted one of the 10 “must see events” by Metro Theatre Guide in 2015.
If that isn’t enough, you can choose to take advantage of our free events including: Subscriber Day at the Merritt Studios on September 24th 2016 from 1-5pm, Our Halloween Spooktacular party in October, the ever popular Sugar Plum Parties, the Under the Sea Festival Party, or the Season Grande Finale Party--all free with your subscription to our home theater matinee performances on Sundays at Maryland Hall. You will be among the first to know about any of our other events. There isn’t anywhere on the planet where you can get such high-quality art with so many other possible destinations at such affordable prices!
So don’t wait to take advantage of this great opportunity where you can experience Maryland’s premier professional ballet company through the sheer joy of dance in BTM’s Adventurous 2016-2017 Season. See you at the Ballet!