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November, 2006

ALL OF BOSTON CELEBRATES THE NUTCRACKER
Learn about special events, fabulous savings and a chance to win tickets! It's the most wonderful time of the year- come celebrate the magic of the holidays with Boston Ballet and all things Nutcracker.

November 24 through December 30, 2006
Boston Ballet's beloved production of The Nutcracker once again lights up the holiday season in the magnificently restored Opera House. The production features the entire Boston Ballet, more than 200 students from Boston Ballet School, and the full Tchaikovsky score performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra. This is the 39th consecutive year that the Company is performing The Nutcracker, and this season's production promises even more magic than usual: the renowned magician Marco the Magi is teaching some of his magic tricks to the dancers portraying Drosselmeier.

Three Easy Ways to Purchase Tickets: Don't wait- the best seats going fast! Prices range from $25-$150.

- Online: TicketMaster or Boston Ballet
- Phone: Call TicketMaster at 617.931.2787 or Boston Ballet at 617.695.6955
- In person: Boston Ballet box office, 19 Clarendon St., Boston (Mon-Fri 9-5) or the Opera House box office, 539 Washington St., Boston

Groups of (20+) receive special discounts. Call 617.456.6343 to learn more. This season's production of The Nutcracker is presented by State Street Corporation.

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CHILDREN'S MUSEUM NUTCRACKER EVENT
Friday, November 10, 11am - 4 pm

Enjoy a fun day of Nutcracker activities at the Boston Children's Museum, and see performances by students from Boston Ballet School.

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MACY'S & THE NUTCRACKER HOLIDAY TEA & FASHION SHOW
Saturday, November 11, 2 pm at Macy's Boston

Join radio personality Kelly Malone of MIX 98.5 at Macy's for an afternoon of fun and fashion. Sip tea and savor treats courtesy of The Hyatt Regency Boston's Avenue One, mingle with characters from Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, and enjoy a holiday fashion show featuring young dancers from Boston Ballet School.

Special Offer - You can also enter to win four VIP tickets to The Nutcracker and a $100 Macy's gift card.

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MACY'S TREE LIGHTING
Friday, November 24, 5 - 6 pm Summer Street, Boston

Boston Ballet will be featured at Macy's first annual Christmas Tree lighting. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities and help launch the holiday season.

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TEA, TALK, AND TUTUS
Groups of 20+ are invited to celebrate The Nutcracker with High Tea at the Hyatt Regency Boston. The package includes a talk about the history of The Nutcracker and tickets to see the production. Limited availability--December 10 already sold out--so make your reservations soon.

Available November 26, December 3, 15, and 17; price is $30 plus discounted group tickets to The Nutcracker from $25-$57. (Prices vary by group size, type, and location.)

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DOWNTOWN CROSSING, BOSTON HOLIDAY STROLL & SCAVENGER HUNT
Saturday, December 2, 12 - 3 pm The Opera House

Join in a Nutcracker scavenger hunt and meet characters from the ballet as you make your way through Downtown Crossing looking for Nutcracker clues. Prize winners will be entered to win the grand prize: four tickets to The Nutcracker at The Opera House.

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BORDER BOOKS APPEARANCES
Cambridge: Saturday, December 2 Chestnut Hill: Wednesday, December 6

Boston Ballet dancers will be reading The Nutcracker story and offering an insider's view on the life of a ballet dancer.

Back Bay, Borders Grand Opening: Monday, December 10

Special Nutcracker characters appearance: join Clara, the Nutcracker and the Bear in a holiday celebration.

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SHARE THE MAGIC
The Nutcracker is often a young person's first encounter with the performing arts, and a beloved tradition that every child deserves to enjoy. That's why Boston Ballet created Share the Magic, a program involving organizations such as The Big Sisters Association, Children's Hospital, The Home for Little Wanders, and the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

As you plan your holiday celebrations, please help us bring the joy of The Nutcracker to deserving girls and boys in the metropolitan area with a generous contribution to Share the Magic. Each gift of $100 enables two youngsters affiliated with a greater Boston area charity or medical institute to experience the thrill of live performance and the warmth of a holiday tradition.

Contact Roseann Hogan at 617.456.6226 or development@bostonballet.com

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MEET THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Make someone's holiday dreams come true!

Following select performances of The Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier will be your grand hosts at a very exclusive after-party...enjoy photo ops, autographs, a special gift, snacks, and memories for years to come. $75 pp, limited availability.

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NEW WEB FEATURE: SARAH WROTH'S NUTCRACKER DIARY Dancer Sarah Wroth has begun a Nutcracker diary detailing her experiences during rehearsals and performances of the ballet. The diary will be periodically updated throughout November and December.

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COMPANY NEWS

LEAP INTO YOUR DANCE CAREER
The Second Annual Boston Ballet School Career Night will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 pm at 19 Clarendon Street. Introduced last year, Career Night was organized to educate students and families about alternative careers and opportunities within the dance community.

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GALA SUCCESS
Boston Ballet's one-night-only Gala Performance on October 25 was a huge success.

Nearly 3,000 people filled The Wang Theatre and saw what Thea Singer described in The Boston Globe as " some true works of art -- dances performed with subtlety and panache, musicality and heart."

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BOSTON BALLET SCHOOL GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Forty Boston Ballet School students will be making their film debut in Disney's The Game Plan, starring former WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a pro football player who discovers he has a seven-year-old daughter. Students recently shot scenes with Johnson at the Emerson Majestic Theatre, and performed a ballet with Boston Ballet dancers John Lam, Christian Squires, and James Whiteside. The Game Plan is scheduled to be released some time next year.

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DANCERS ON DANCING: 5 Questions for DANIEL SARABIA

Daniel Sarabia trained in his native Havana, and after studying at the National Ballet School joined the National Ballet of Cuba as a soloist in 2002. The recipient of a gold medal at the 1997 International Ballet Competition in Cuba, and a silver medal at the 2005 New York International Ballet Competition, Sarabia is now in his second season with Boston Ballet. He was recently seen as Sancho Panza, a Gypsy Boy, and a fisherman in Don Quixote.

What was the first ballet you danced as a professional? The first professional role I danced was Basilio in Don Quixote with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. It was a great experience for me as a dancer to perform as a guest artist with such a well-trained company.

What is your favorite ballet to perform? My favorite ballet to perform is Giselle. In Cuba, I danced the part of one of Giselle's friends, and enjoyed it so much. I am so happy that the Company will be performing Giselle in May. It is an artistically amazing and challenging ballet, and it's a thrill for me to be a part of it.

What is your favorite ballet to watch? My favorite ballet to watch is Giselle. It's one thing to dance in the production, but I can still remember how inspiring it was to see Giselle for the first time. It was amazing to watch the dancers perform this ballet, the emotion and the technique that was involved.

What ballet or role would you most like to dance that you haven't? One of my personal dreams and career goals is to dance the role of Albrecht in Giselle. You have to have a certain maturity to dance Albrecht. Technique isn't enough. You need the artistry and the emotion to make it work. To dance Albrecht for me is the epitome of being a male dancer.

Is there a dancer that you look to as a role model or one in particular that you enjoy watching?

Growing up, I looked to the greats such as Nureyev and Baryshnikov, and even now I think of them when I set goals for myself as a dancer. Also, my brother Rolando Sarabia, who dances with Houston Ballet, is one of my professional and personal role models.

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THE MAGIC ARK CHILDREN'S SERIES: AIRBORNE COMEDIANS November 10, 11 & 1 pm

Whether balanced atop seven-foot unicycles or juggling baseball bats, lawn chairs and electric guitars, the Airborne Comedians is a sure bet to make you laugh. Special Boston Ballet eNews price: $7 per person.

BOSTON JEWISH BOOK FAIR EVENT: CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY November 12, 11 am: Storytime Brunch with Zola Award-winning children's performer Zola will read a whimsical book about Jewish grandparents, and a family tale to get us in the mood for Hanukkah. November 12, 2 pm: Cocoa and Cookies with Lois Lowry A two-time winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal, Lois Lowry is the author of more than 30 books, including the ever-popular Anastasia Krupnik series. Lowry will read from her new book, sign autographs, and chat about her novels.

Special Boston Ballet enews ticket price: $5.50 per family.

Events take place at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA. Tickets: JCC Box Office 617.965.5226 or www.lsjcc.org.