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Arlington First Grader in Nutcracker Ballet

Maya Salafia, who attends the Lexington Montessori School, is performing in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 25th anniversary production.

Arlington First Grader in Nutcracker Ballet

The following is from the José Mateo Ballet Theatre.

Local Young Dancer Performs in José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 25th Anniversary production of The Nutcracker in Duxbury, Cambridge & Dorchester

Rediscover 25 years of magic in Mateo’s timeless classic

CAMBRIDGE: A resident of Arlington, Maya Salafia, is performing in Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 25th Anniversary production of The Nutcracker in the role of Mouse. Maya joins the professional cast in this holiday favorite with performances at The Duxbury Performing Arts Center, The Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge, and The Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Maya is in the First grade and attends Lexington Montessori School. Up close, thrilling, inspiring, and affordable, Jose Mateo’s The Nutcracker captures the true spirit of the Season.

Over 10,000 audience members will experience José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Nutcracker Tour. The production returns to Duxbury for the eighth consecutive season where the organization also runs a satellite school at the Ellison Center for the Arts. Mateo brings his Nutcracker back to the Company’s home theater at The Sanctuary Theatre in Harvard Square with a specially installed seating system for up to 250 that offers an intimate, close-up Nutcracker experience. For the second season, Mateo’s Nutcracker returns to Dorchester’s vibrant Strand Theatre. With support from Mayor Menino & the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, and The Boston Globe Santa, JMBT is working with 45 local social service agencies to provide 1,000 FREE Nutcracker tickets to children and families most in need.

Choreographed by Artistic Director José Mateo, and inspired by Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, Mateo’s ‘Nutcracker’ brings Clara’s dream world to life with festive sets, sumptuous costumes, and spectacular dancing. Over 200 children, ages 6-18 from throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, join Ballet Theatre’s acclaimed company dancers as Party Children, Mice, Soldiers, Polichinelles, Cherubs, Angels and the lead child role of Clara. It is the only professional Nutcracker production in the area to hold open auditions for students outside of its own school.

The Boston Globe is the official media sponsor of José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s 2012 Nutcracker Tour that is also sponsored, in part by, the Massachusetts Cultural Council. JMBT ‘s and its Nutcracker performances at The Strand were recently selected by The Boston Foundation to partner in their work to create a cultural corridor in Dorchester’s Upham’s Corner.

Ticket Information

Call (617) 354-7467 or go to www.BalletTheatre.org to purchase tickets for all three locations. Tickets range from $15-$50 depending on locations (see details below)

The 2012 Nutcracker Season Dates & Tickets:

The Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 73 Alden Street, Duxbury

Tickets: $50, $38, $29, $15

Sat., Nov. 24             1:30 pm                                 Sun., Nov. 25            12:00 pm

Sat., Nov. 24             5:30 pm                                 Sun., Nov. 25            4:00 pm

The Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, Cambridge Tickets: $50, $38

Sat., Dec. 1               2:00 pm                                 Thu., Dec. 13            7:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 1               6:00 pm                                 Fri., Dec. 14              7:30 pm

Sun., Dec. 2              1:30 pm                                 Sat., Dec. 15             2:00 pm

Sun., Dec. 2              5:30 pm                                 Sat., Dec. 15             6:00 pm

Thu., Dec. 6              7:30 pm                                 Sun., Dec. 16            1:30 pm

Fri., Dec. 7                 7:30 pm                                 Sun., Dec. 16            5:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 8               2:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 8               6:00 pm

Sun., Dec. 9              1:30 pm

Sun., Dec. 9              5:30 pm

The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester Tickets: $50, $38, $29, $15

Sat., Dec. 22             2:00 pm                                 Sun., Dec. 23            1:30 pm

Sat., Dec. 22             6:00 pm                                 Sun., Dec. 23            5:30 pm

Mon., Dec. 24           1:00 pm

About Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

Founded in 1986, José Mateo Ballet Theatre is one of America’s leading producers of new ballets, the area’s most innovative ballet school, and the originator of Dance for World Community TM, a project that builds local and global networks to expand the role of dance in our culture. Over the past 27 years, Cuban-born Artistic Director and Founder, José Mateo has developed his unique vision using the power of dance to inspire and engage today’s diverse audiences.

Recently hailed by Boston magazine as “Best of Boston 2011 Dance Performance”, the Company regularly presents Mateo’s highly acclaimed concerts at its stunning Sanctuary Theatre in its home at Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square. The School offers an innovative model for a high-quality academy with a humanistic approach to ballet training that fosters diversity and inclusion at both its Cambridge campus and Duxbury satellite program. Dance for World Community TM makes dance accessible to thousands of children, families, and new audiences, and produces the annual Dance for World Community Festival, a two-day event that features performances by over 70 local dance groups, workshops, classes, and advocacy that celebrates the role of dance to create social change. Learn more about José Mateo Ballet Theatre at www.ballettheatre.org.

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