March 23, 2023
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Chesapeake Ballet to kick off the holidays at Zachary’s Jewelers at the Grand Illumination

Ballet Theatre of Maryland

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Ballet Theatre of MarylandNo holiday season is complete without The Nutcracker. Nearly every holiday commercial samples music from the famous Ballet and you can’t go near a Theatre district without a sighting of the production the entire month of December. For those who have never seen it or for those who feel their holiday season isn’t complete without it, Chesapeake Ballet Company’s all-youth cast will kick off their Nutcracker season by performing during the Annapolis Grand Illumination event, November 29. Tree-lighting spectators who venture up to Zachary’s Jewelers, located on 100 Main Street, will be treated to story-hour with Clara inside then vignettes from the Ballet including the Arabian, Spanish, Russian and Sugar Plum soloists.  The story hour traditionally begins at 3:30 p.m. Mini-performances from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“The annual tree lighting is as good as it gets when it comes to officially welcoming the holiday season. Having a mini Nutcracker performance during the event makes it that much more magical,” says Barbara Haskell, CBC founder and Executive Director. “Our dancers have taken the “stage” outside of Zachary’s for several years. We love being part of this special night.”

After three months of preparation and rehearsal, the Grand Illumination event marks the first time that the young dancers will perform, for the season, but hardly the last.  This year’s CBC Nutcracker performances will be held weekends at the Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road Annapolis, MD, December 12 – 20.

Show Schedule

  • December 12 & 13 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
  • December 18 Special Performance for Girl and Boy Scouts 7 p.m.
  • December 19 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
  • December 20 1 p.m. only

For more information on attending the special performances contact 410- 924-4358. Showtime information and tickets are available, for all performances, at General information can be found at

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