Set to Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary musical score, LBPAC’s full-length production of The Nutcracker is a classic, timeless adventure of holiday magic! Clara welcomes the audience into her family’s Christmas Eve celebration, where she receives a unique gift—a Nutcracker—from her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer. Soon, Clara finds herself in the midst of a great battle between a giant Mouse King and her beloved Nutcracker. To reward Clara for her bravery, the Nutcracker Prince leads Clara on a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. The Ruler of the Kingdom, the Sugar Plum Fairy, honors Clara with a grand celebration of delectable treats from around the globe. A delight for all ages, LBPAC’s The Nutcracker has secured its position as Loudoun County’s favorite holiday tradition.
Deep in the Forest
Leap into fantasy with this exquisite original ballet written and directed by LBPAC Artistic Director Maureen Miller. Inspired by Miller’s fascination with fairy folklore as a young child, Deep in the Forest tells the story of a fairy princess and her unicorn friend. They live in an enchanted forest with other fantastic feathered, amphibious, and winged creatures. The arrival of a fierce dragon disturbs the peaceful woodlands until the Fairy Princess teaches her friends to see beyond the dragon’s outer exterior. Deep in the Forest transports audiences into the magical world of a child’s imagination through stunning costumes, mystical music, expressive choreography, and a subtle reminder to never judge a book by its cover.
Alice in Wonderland
Based on Lewis Carroll’s children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, LBPAC’s original adaptation of this classical ballet delighted and amused patrons of all ages when it premiered in 2018. In this familiar tale, White Rabbit leads Alice on a strange and wondrous journey where she encounters Caterpillar, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and a menagerie of other unusual characters. With inventive and fast-paced choreography, imaginative sets, and stunning costumes and make-up, it is no surprise that audiences eagerly follow Alice down the rabbit hole.
Peter and The Wolf
LBPAC’s charming adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 classic, Peter and the Wolf, follows the mischievous Peter and his chirpy Blue Bird friend as their day takes an unexpected and surprisingly heroic turn. Each creature encountered along the way naturally moves to Prokofiev’s familiar composition, each represented by the captivating sound of a particular orchestral instrument. Masters at animal personification and excited to use their hidden acting skills, LBPAC dancers shine on stage as they execute the fun-filled, physical humor of the meadow creatures.
An evil stepmother, hideous (and quite humorous) stepsisters, a spirited, cinder-covered maiden, her mysterious fairy godmother, a pumpkin turned coach, lizards as footmen, a handsome prince, and a left-behind ballet slipper, all brought to life in Cinderella, convince audiences that wishes really do come true!
Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty
LBPAC's Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty showcase the remarkable dramatic and technical abilities of the LBPAC dancers. Restaged by the LBPAC Artistic Directors, the Excerpts are from the 1890 Russian ballet that brought to life French writer Charles Perrault’s 1697 version of the fairy tale, La Belle au Bois Dormant – The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods. Still today, more than 120 years after it premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Sleeping Beauty is considered one of the grandest achievements in classical ballet. It was a collaborative work of the legendary Russian Ballet choreographer Marius Petipa, with famed Russian composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. An enduring tale of a princess cursed by the malevolent fairy to sleep for 100 years captivates audiences with powerful and technically dazzling choreography.