Ballet Conservatory to present ‘The Nutcracker’ on campus Dec. 1

Western Carolina University will host a performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on campus Tuesday, Dec. 1, featuring more than 60 performers with the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville.

The performance at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center will begin at 7:30 p.m. Seating is reserved only, with tickets on sale now at $10 general public, $5 students.

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The timeless ballet is the interpretation of a young girl’s dreamy Christmas Eve, including an epic battle between mice and an army of miniature soldiers, the transformation of a beloved nutcracker into a handsome prince, and a journey to the land ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. “The Nutcracker” appeals to adults and children, and features action and a variety of dances, including favorites like Waltz of the Snow Flakes, along with lavish sets and costumes.

The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville is led by Angie Lynn, director and choreographer, and Wayne Burritt, ballet master. Both are former professional dancers who bring a rich background in ballet and other dance forms.

The performance also celebrates 10 years of the Bardo Arts Center, with its elegant 1,000-seat performance hall, and will take full advantage of its fine-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting. The $30 million facility opened in 2005 and was named for former WCU chancellor John Bardo in 2011.

Learn more at or call the box office at 828-227-2479.