By Kathy L. Collins

The Brandon Ballet will present the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15. There will be four performances of Tchaikovsky’s seasonal ballet at Spoto High School Auditorium located at 8538 Eagle Palm Drive in Riverview. On Saturday, December 14 performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker is a fabulous production with lavish costumes, scenery and a glorious score. The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara, who on Christmas Eve is given the gift of a wooden toy nutcracker from her Uncle Drosselmeyer. The toy leads Clara on a magical journey through an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters dancing snowflakes, an elegant Snow Queen and the majestic Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Brandon Ballet was founded in 1993. It is a non-profit regional ballet company that develops and promotes opportunities for aspiring young dancers. Artistic Director, Octavio Martin’s mission “is to provide the Brandon and surrounding communities with the highest caliber of training in the art of dance, and to allow Tampa Bay the opportunity to have a Ballet Company that will aid the area in cultural development.”

The Brandon Ballet strives to make the performing arts accessible to the community. Tickets for this wonderful production are just $25 for adults, $15 for children and students (18 and under) and $20 for Seniors 55 and older.

For more information on the Brandon Ballet and to obtain tickets, please visit or call 684-4282.


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