Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra presents The Nutcracker |

Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra presents The Nutcracker

Brittany Markert
The Nutcracker — a collaboration between Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Mesa University, Absolute Dance and Inspire Dance — is set for Dec. 12-13 at Grand Junction High School's auditorium (1400 N. Fifth St.).
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WHAT: The Nutcracker

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Junction High School, 1400 N. Fifth St., Grand Junction

COST: $20-35 for adults, $5 for children and adults


Get into the holiday spirit and watch Grand Valley’s live production of The Nutcracker — a collaboration between Colorado Mesa University’s theatre department, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Absolute Dance and Inspire Dance.

“It’s a big undertaking and we love doing it,” said Jeremy Herigstad, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s marketing director. “People look forward to it even if they have seen it many times.”

Since 1985, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra has done a production of the well-loved holiday show every two years, marking this the nonprofit’s 14th production. This year’s event is set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, at Grand Junction High School’s Auditorium (1400 N. Fifth St.). Friday’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday’s performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively.

Tickets cost $20-30 for adults and $5 for children and students, including those attending college. Tickets are available online, at Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s office (414 Main St., Grand Junction) or at the door starting one hour before the show.

Proceeds benefit the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

“About 30 percent of gross revenue comes from ticket sales generated from this event,” Herigstad said.

The Nutcracker includes live music by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, which features 50 local musicians.

“There’s nothing like hearing the music live,” Herigstad said.

Plus, many dancers, directors and support staff involved in the performance are based locally, including the artistic director, Jeremy Franklin, from Colorado Mesa University.

“There’s a lot of reasons we do this,” Franklin said. “But there is something about these large holiday productions that bring the community together to celebrate the nature of the season.”

Although many costumes, sets and musical scores are the same year after year, this season’s performances feature a few noticeable changes.

According to Herigstad, two new lead dancers, Yumelia Garcia and Mauro Villanueva, will be featured from the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

He added that the City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts & Culture provided a $4,000 grant to bring in the two dancers.

Choreography will also be new, Franklin added, as a visiting professor for the dance department at Colorado Mesa University, Alicia Laumann, has choreographed the performance.

“We are merging a lot of local performers,” Franklin said. “I don’t think there are any other productions that use a full orchestra. Seeing it live is very special.”

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