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Los Angeles Ballet Adds A Nutcracker Performances

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WHAT: With two sold-out performances and an overwhelming demand for

tickets, Los Angeles Ballet has added an additional performance of

"The Nutcracker" at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

WHO: Los Angeles Ballet Artistic Directors Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen and Los Angeles Ballet principal dancers including Melissa Barak, Corina Gill and Sergey Kheylik.

WHERE: Royce Hall, UCLA

340 Royce Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90095

WHEN: December 23, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.

About The Nutcracker

Returning for its second season, Los Angeles Ballet's The Nutcracker follows the story of Clara and her family welcoming guests to a party on Christmas Eve and the magical adventures that ensue.

Audiences will feel at home yet will soon learn to anticipate fresh variations on the traditional themes. The storyline, while sticking close to traditional lore, also offers unique twists, such as Clara's favorite dolls coming to life as "Marie" and her "Prince".

The sets, created by Los Angeles designer Catherine Kanner, create the feeling of being inside a children’s storybook; a real place yet fantastical -- warm and inviting. Scenes reflect 1912 Los Angeles, featuring a classic Spanish style home with Mexican, Spanish and European influences. Costumes were created by famed Danish designer Mikael Melbye, presenting the audience with opulent visuals.

In addition, for the first time, families across Los Angeles will be able to enjoy LAB’s magical Nutcracker production at a special price with its Family Ticket Package. Families can purchase one single adult ticket at full cost and receive a 50% discount on tickets for up to four children 12 and under, or purchase two single adult tickets and receive 50% off for up to eight children’s tickets.

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:( Wow! What absolutely great news! This augurs so well for the fledgling company. Congratulations to LAB!

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