Nutcracker rehearsal

Area students gather during a recent rehearsal for The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Richland Academy of the Arts.

MANSFIELD -- The Richland Academy of the Arts will offer The Nutcracker ballet on Dec. 6-7 at Shelby High School, its fifth annual performance of the holiday classic.

"A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance," organizers said. "Tchaikovsky's magical score, with fairy tale scenery, and vibrantly theatrical staging will deliver what is sure to be a stunning production of The Nutcracker!"

Nutcracker 2019

The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful Rat King before embarking on a magical journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, where she is entertained with many kinds of dances. 

This year’s production will feature principle dancers Meiyan Timberlake (Ontario High School), Madeline Weilbacker (Lexington), Kylee Dettmer (Clear Fork), Chloe Walker and Lexi Vegan (Madison High School), Laila Ramos and Lily Feasel (Mansfield Spanish Immersion School), Delaney O'Brien (Ashland), Arianna Allen (Plymouth), and home-school students Lilianna Kunkel and Justice Gardner as the prince.

Three shows are scheduled: Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available and can be purchased online at

Support for this production was provided by Mechanics Bank and Bohland Jewelers.

For more information about our events or to purchase tickets, call Richland Academy at 419-522-8224 or visit

Richland Academy, located at the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets, was founded in 1991 and is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

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