The Merchants of Seaside will host the Nutcracker ballet performed by Northwest Florida area dancers and Ballet Pensacola. Now established as a Seaside holiday tradition, the one-time performance is free and open to the public Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater.
The Nutcracker in Seaside is under the direction of Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director and General Manager Richard Steinert. Known for his innovative and collaborative style of theatre and dance, Steinert has worked in repertory companies throughout the United States. Since his inaugural season as artistic director in 2007, he has held the attention of the ballet and arts community through a series of critically acclaimed performances and projects directed at broadening the experience of the dance enthusiast.
Featuring Acts I and II, the Nutcracker in Seaside will last approximately an hour. Set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, the performance will feature approximately 30 Ballet Pensacola ballerinas and 19 local dancers, ages 8 to 18, including prima ballerinas.