Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre are pleased to combine two Pittsburgh traditions on Friday, November 30, 2012 for Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes —a special family-friendly event bringing the magic of The Nutcracker ballet to the public garden’s 1893 glasshouse.
Inviting guests to “come home for the holidays” with colorful poinsettias, elaborate wreaths and a Victorian hearth, Phipps’ festive Winter Flower Show will complement a sampling of ballet vignettes—including the Sugarplum Pas de Deux—from PBT’s annual performance of Terrence S. Orr’s The Nutcracker. One of ballet’s most cherished stories, this classic with an iconic score by Tchaikovsky has enchanted audiences since its 1892 premiere in Russia—one year before Henry Phipps opened his conservatory in Pittsburgh.
This season, two sessions of Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes will be offered with performances at 6 and 7:30 p.m. A meet- and-greet with the Sugarplum Fairy—as well as other costumed dancers—will serve as the perfect ending to each show.
Registered guests can also get into the holiday spirit by exploring Phipps’ Winter Flower Show and new Winter Light Garden, an outdoor wonderland with glowing orbs, “dripping” snowballs, luminous trees and a fountain of light. Café Phipps will be open too, serving wine and other themed fare.
Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes costs $25.75 for adults and $12.75 for children, and includes an exclusive ticket special to attend PBT’s full-length performance of The Nutcracker at the Benedum Center. Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket online here or call 412-454-9107 to order by phone.