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Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Staller Center December 19-22

The Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker has become a perennial holiday favorite on Long Island.  This year’s staging of the Nutcracker is again scheduled for six performances: December 19-22 at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center for the Arts.

This classical ballet rendition has earned praise from critics and audiences alike.  Newsday called the production, “ENCHANTING,” “Polished,” “…child friendly – a storyteller’s Nutcracker…”  And in another Newsday article the reviewer gushed: “…lavish… and …sumptuous…”  Other reviewers proclaimed it: “…glorious… Dazzling ….extraordinary…”  The cast will be led by former Milwaukee Ballet standout, guest artist, Darren McIntyre (Cavalier) plus Seiskaya Ballet’s award winning Principal Dancers Brianna Jimenez and Lara Caraiani and First Soloists Eva Pyrros, Julia Virnelli, Jordan Jaramillo and Rachel Bland.

Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker is truly an international collaboration beginning with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous score.  Sets and several costumes were designed by Poland’s Margaret Piotrowska whose highly respected work in Polish television and stage productions has garnered wide praise.  Directed by founder Joseph Forbes, scenery was executed by Scenic Art Studios which has been credited with painting over 300 Broadway shows.  The imaginative and unusual sculptures utilized in the Seiskaya Ballet’s production were the brainchild of creative artist Matt Targon.  Choreographed by celebrated Russian-born Valia Seiskaya, this acclaimed production is imbued with bravura dancing, energy and endearing charisma.

The company’s 2019 Nutcracker season should again garner praise.  Judith H. Bernstein of Newsday headlined her Seiskaya Nutcracker review, “A Delicious Holiday Confection for Young and Old.” Reviewer Michelle Isabelle-Stark entitled her review “Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker Is Dazzling and Breathtaking.”  The Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker is considered Long Island’s premier Nutcracker production.

Don’t miss the production that Newsday described as “…A Seasoned Recipe For Holiday Cheer” and the New York Times praised as “lavish.”  Tickets are on sale now at the Staller Center Box Office at (631) 632-ARTS and at

Attended Box Office hours are noon to 6PM Monday through Saturday and one hour prior to all performances.  Online seat selection is available for all shows.  Performances are Thursday, December 19 at 7PM; Friday, December 20 at 7PM; Saturday, December 21 at 2PM & 7PM and Sunday, December 22 at 1PM & 6PM.  Prices are $40 for adults, $34 children and seniors and $30 for groups of 20 or more.

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