Doug Carlton, performing as Sam Shubert, has portrayed the character for the last three years.
“I am so proud to be playing this role and consider it an honor to be allowed to do it,” Carlton said. “He brings the nutcracker in to Henry Ione and also gets to do magic tricks and some dancing. He’s mysterious, but fun.”
Amy Newton, performing as Mrs. Overholser, said the production is unique from other Nutcracker performances since all dancers represent Oklahoma state treasures.
Newton has danced in 11 of the 12 performances and said it is one of her favorite yearly traditions. This year she has the privilege of dancing alongside her daughter, Analynn.
Many of the high school and college-aged dancers in the cast have previously performed in the children’s roles, and make great mentors for the younger dancers. There are approximately 60 dancers in the cast, ranging in age from 7 to those in their 50s.
Kovich said the company is constantly adding to the production design each year, with the most recent addition being a growing Christmas tree for the Act I set. The ballet also is re-choreographed each year to show off that year’s dancers’ skills.
“The audience will take home the great holiday experience that comes with attending the traditional ‘Nutcracker’ ballet, but in addition, our audiences will marvel at how the traditional story and beautiful Tchaikovsky score could be adapted to include Oklahoman themes of history and nature,” Kovich said.
Norman Ballet Company is performing “The Oklahoma Nutcracker” 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 N. Stubbeman.
Individual seats are $20 per person. A block of seating can be reserved at a family rate of four for $60. Tickets can be purchased at ticketstorm.com or by calling 1-866-966-1777.
Pre-performance activities include the annual Sand Plum Fairy Tea Party, beginning at 1 p.m., in the Studio Theater. The event features a storyteller, crafts for children and a visit from the Sandplum Fairy and her Prince. Catering is by Althea’s Vault Cafe and Bakery. Special to this year’s tea party is a visit from Santa Claus.