NORMAN — It is Christmas Eve 1907 at the Overholser Mansion of Oklahoma City. Henry and Anna Overholser’s children, Henry Lone and Henry Samuel, are hosting a neighborhood holiday party. Family friend Sam Shubert, has arrived with a gift for Henry Lone: a wooden nutcracker soldier.
Little does Henry know that, at the stroke of midnight, the nutcracker will come to life and lead her on a journey through the Oklahoma winterscape, in a beautiful, unforgettable experience.
Norman Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” is based on historical Oklahoma characters and themes of nature, brought to life onstage through the traditional Nutcracker story and Tchaikovsky score. Some characters incorporated into the story are the Scissortail Flycatcher, King Snake, Tall Prairie Grass, Indian Paintbrushes and Armadillo.
Returning as guest artists this year are Madalina Stoica and Ovidiu Ianco, senior soloists from the Tulsa Ballet Theatre. They will dance the leading roles as the Sand Plum Fairy and her Prince.
The show will start at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts in Norman. All seats are reserved at $20 per person. There also is a block of seating set aside at a family rate of four for $60.
Pre- performance activities include the Sand Plum Fairy Tea Party, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, 101 E. Main St. The Tea Party will include crafts, catering by Althea’s Vault Cafe and Bakery, a storyteller, visits from characters in “The Nutcracker” and a visit from Santa Claus.
Preservation Oklahoma and the Overholser Mansion will have a presentation by Overholser Mansion Coordinator, Lisa Escalon. Photos and stories of the Overholser Mansion and the Henry Overholser family, which were the inspiration for the Act I set decor and party scene, will be shown to all interested ticket holders free of charge at 1:45 p.m. in the John Clinton Theater.
Reservations to attend the event may be made by calling Tanya Branscum at 317-1372.
Tickets for the 2013 Oklahoma Nutcracker performance and the Sand Plum Fairy Tea Party may be purchased through ticketstorm.com or by calling 1-866-966-1777.