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WEB EXCLUSIVE The Carolina Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season here in Raleigh. For many families, it’s tradition to dress up and see the show in the days leading up to Christmas. This year, due to COVID, the Carolina Ballet has unfortunately cancelled their live, in-person performance of The Nutcracker, however, they will still be holding a special broadcast of the popular production on WRAL-TV on Christmas night in order to continue the wonderful holiday tradition, with the hope that it will reach a broader audience as well.
“Our company has long valued and supported traditions that make our community special and this year is no exception,” said Joel Davis, Vice President and General Manager of WRAL/FOX 50. “We could not think of a better time and place—Christmas night on WRAL—to make The Nutcracker available to our viewers and our community. It is an honor to share this highly anticipated performance with our viewers.”
In another effort to share the holiday magic with the community, Carolina Ballet will be opening up some of the rehearsals to the public. Subscribe to their e-newsletter and you’ll automatically receive a link each week to sign up to watch the rehearsals in person. Rehearsals will be shared on the Carolina Ballet’s YouTube channel as well, so that anyone, anywhere can watch them online. Filming for the WRAL broadcast of The Nutcracker will begin in just a couple of weeks.
Additionally, the ballet is asking that those who had already bought their tickets to the live performance convert them into a donation to the Carolina Ballet. They have not been able to hold any performances since the pandemic hit in March, so your support is more important to them than ever. Unused ticket holders can also exchange their tickets for next year’s performance of The Nutcracker or for one of their Spring performances (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, Four Seasons, Macbeth, or Cinderella), or they can turn Nutcracker tickets into a gift certificate to be used in the ballet’s 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 season.
The Nutcracker premiere broadcast will air December 25 at 7 p.m. on WRAL-TV, with encore performances to be scheduled throughout the holiday season.
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