Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Nutcracker is coming to Newport News. Here’s where you can see it

The Nutcracker returns to the peninsula Dec. 9. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Virginia Regional Ballet)
The Nutcracker returns to the peninsula Dec. 9. (HNNDaily/ Courtesy Virginia Regional Ballet)

The Nutcracker, as performed by Virginia Regional Ballet, will return to Hampton Roads Sunday. The performance will make its debut in the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News.

The annual performance was hosted by William & Mary’s Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall for more than 30 years, according to VRB’s Facebook page. Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall is currently closed for renovations.

The Nutcracker is the ballet’s signature performance each year. The cast is listed on the ballet’s website.

There will be two performance of the show: one at 3 p.m. and another at 7:30. Tickets are still available for both performances.

The VRB Academy, which instructs young and aspiring dancers and prepares them to eventually join the VRB, will perform School Shows of The Nutcracker on Dec. 10 and 11 at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square.

Want to go?

When: Dec. 9; 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Ferguson Center of the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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