Artistic Enhancements Debut at 2013 Nutcracker

Artistic enhancements will debut when Market Street presents Ballet Lubbock’s The Nutcracker December 13-15, 2013.
(Ballet Lubbock Press Release)

Artistic enhancements will debut when Market Street presents Ballet Lubbock’s The Nutcracker December 13-15, 2013.  The production will be presented at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center: Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. 


Artistic Director, Yvonne Racz Key, is proud to announce Ballet Lubbock alumnus LoriWilson will be dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Ms. Wilson is a 2006 graduate of Ballet Lubbock, and is currently dancing professionally with the St. Louis Ballet. “It’s rare for a school of our size to be able to bring back an alumnus to dance a role at such a high caliber,” says Racz Key. “They inspire our students to work hard and achieve their dreams.” Since joining the St. Louis Ballet, Wilson has been featured in numerous roles: Black Swan in Swan Lake, Cinderella in Cinderella, Coulante Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Street Dancer in Romeo and Juliet, as well as productions of Allegro Brillante, Valse Fantaisie, Tribute and Volatizing the Esters.


OppositeWilson will be Maximilien Baud, dancing the role of Cavalier. He has previously appeared in Ballet Lubbock’s production of The Nutcracker, dancing the role in 2003.  He recently ended his tenure with the international tour of Billy Elliot, the Musical, where he was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for best supporting performer in a musical in 2012.  Mr. Baud trained at the School of American Ballet for 10 years. He began his professional career with Carolina Ballet and later joined the Pennsylvania Ballet in 2005.


This year’s The Nutcracker will feature exciting new production elements to enhance the family tradition.  One new addition is the use of magic during the show. To create new illusions, Ballet Lubbock teamed with a professional magician, Irving Quant, to work with the production team and cast. The production will also debut new costumes designed by production manager Janie Bush. “Magical illusions, beautiful new Snow Scene costumes, new set pieces, and a newly decorated Christmas tree make this a production you won’t want to miss,” says Janie Bush. “Every year, Ballet Lubbock’s presentation of The Nutcracker is filled with new and exciting production elements.”


Conducting the Ballet Lubbock Nutcracker Orchestra this year will be Mr. David Cho.  As a recipient of the Karajan Fellowship in 2003, he worked with the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.  He went on to win the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition in 2007.  Mr. Cho is the current resident conductor of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. 


Tickets are now on sale through Select-A-Seat.  They can be purchased online at, by calling 806-770-2000 or at any Select-A-Seat location.


Ballet Lubbock’s mission is to change lives.  Founded in 1969 by Suzanne Aker, for the past fifteen years Ballet Lubbock has been led artistically by Yvonne Racz Key.  As a nonprofit pre-professional ballet school, Ballet Lubbock strives to inspire the community through accessible dance education and performance of the highest artistic caliber.  Ballet Lubbock offers over $30,000 in annual scholarships, donates more than 3,500 tickets to the local community and teaches classes to underserved children at community centers throughout Lubbock. 

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