Hylton Performing Arts Center Events

Posted: December 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

The Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus is showcasing two local arts group productions this weekend.

The Manassas Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” in performances on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m.

A crown jewel of holiday entertainment, the family-friendly, traditional “Nutcracker” is set in 19th century Germany. The ballet opens at a charming Christmas party, at which the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his little niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey.

From the Christmas tree that grows to a towering 60 feet tall to toy soldiers who come to life and the magical land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, this “Nutcracker” is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. The professional dancers of MBT are accompanied by more than 30 members of the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra performing the classic Tchaikovsky score.

Manassas Ballet Theatre is professional ballet in and for Northern Virginia. Comprising 15 dancers, MBT is now the second largest professional ballet company in Virginia and the only one in Northern Virginia.

Tickets are $55, $45 and $35.

The NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra will present “Family Concert: Fairy Tales” on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3:30 p.m.

In what has become a must-see community event, the NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra (NMSO) and Music Director James Villani are pleased to present its annual family concert, “Fairy Tales.”

The highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” composed by J. Scott McKenzie and commissioned by the NMSO.

For each of the last five years, the NMSO has commissioned a children’s book to be set to music. This year’s composer, Scott McKenzie, is a composer, arranger and conductor serving as a band officer at the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C., where he is conductor of the U.S. Army Chorus.

Also on the program is “Music from the Chronicles of Narnia” by Harry Gregson-Williams, Suite from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” by Alan Menken, and other surprises and seasonal favorites.

Young children attending the concert will be invited to sit on blankets in front of the orchestra. Maestro Villani will explain the various pieces to the children during the performance, providing a pleasant introduction to orchestral music for the kids. This event will be fun for the whole family.

Tickets are $15, adults, $10, seniors, and free for students through high school and college (with ID) and children.

Purchase tickets at the box office, charge by phone at 888-945-2468, or see hyltoncenter.org.

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