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Things to do in Indianapolis, Apr. 21-27, 2014

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Indiana State Fair Coliseum

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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. THU: Coliseum Grand Re-Opening at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  2. SAT: 64th Running of the Men’s Little 500 Bike Race at Indiana University
  3. FRI-SAT: 22nd Annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House
  4. SAT-SUN: 2014 Decorator’s Show House and Gardens in Indianapolis
  5. SUN: ‘Music, Marketing and Technology in the Midwest’ at the Rathskeller
  6. FRI-SUN: 45th Annual Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival in Elkhart County
  7. FRI-SAT: ‘Follow the North Star’ at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  8. MON, SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  9. MON: Il Divo Live at the Old National Centre
  10. FRI-SUN: ‘Cinderella’ by Butler Ballet at Clowes Memorial Hall
  11. SAT-SUN: Orleans Dogwood Festival in Orange County
  12. SAT-SUN: WTHR Health and Fitness Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  13. SUN: Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show at Scottish Rite Cathedral
  14. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Playoff Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. SUN: Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis at Pike Performing Arts Center

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Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 2-8, 2013

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‘The Nutcracker’ at Clowes Hall, Dec. 5-8

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment
'The Nutcracker' by Butler Ballet at Clowes Hall

‘The Nutcracker’ by Butler Ballet at Clowes Hall, Dec. 5-8.
Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

See holiday gifts come to life, an army of toy soldiers battle mice, and a string of flowers perform a waltz Dec. 5-8, 2013, as Butler Ballet presents five performances of The Nutcracker at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 6; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 7; and 2 p.m. Dec. 8.

Tickets are $21.50-$28.50 for adults; $17-$23 for children, students and seniors; $14-$20 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available at the Clowes Hall box office or through Ticketmaster. For telephone orders, call 800-982-2787.

Butler Ballet’s 31st annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will feature 112 Butler dancers, plus 33 young dancers from the Indianapolis community. This year’s Nutcracker will be accompanied by the Butler Symphony Orchestra under the director of Richard Auldon Clark.

“It’s a great Nutcracker,” said Larry Attaway, chair of Butler’s Dance Department. “The students look wonderful, and we’re very excited about it.”

Many of the main roles have been double-cast to give Butler Ballet’s 34 seniors a chance to showcase their talents.

Katherine Currier (Norwich, Vt.), and Shelby Shenkman (Boca Raton, Fla.), share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Christian Griggs-Drane (Richmond, Va.) and Stuart Coleman (Lynchburg, Va.) will bring the Nutcracker to life.

Margaret Carey (Dayton, Ohio) and Alexandra Benson (Jacksonville, Fla.) will dance the role of Snow Queen. Samuel Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and George Vargas (Grasonville, Md.) will be Snow King.

The Dew Drop Fairy will be danced by Carly Hambridge (Matthews, N.C.) and Ashleigh Chuang (Collinsville, Conn.), and Conner Horak (a junior from Fort Collins, Col.) and Zachary Kukla (LaPorte, Ind.) will play the Cavalier.

In a change from the past few years, the roles of Clara and Fritz will be danced by children from the Indianapolis community rather than Butler Ballet dancers. Michaela Sanger, a freshman at Herron High School in Indianapolis, will play Clara, and Peyton Barnes, a fourth-grader at Southwest Elementary School in Greenwood, will be Fritz.

And James Cramer ’81, community relations manager at Clowes Hall, will reprise the role of Drosselmeyer.

As always, all Butler Dance faculty—Cynthia Pratt, Marek Cholewa, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, Patrick Hinson, and Associate Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts Michelle Jarvis—have a hand in the choreography.

“It’s going to be a wonderful, traditional Nutcracker, and yet have a real different look than people are used to with us” because faculty members handle different choreography assignments each year, Attaway said.

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