The  Southwest  Virginia Ballet (SVB) and the Roanoke Civic Center, managed
by  Global  Spectrum,  are  proud  to  announce the 15th performance of The
Nutcracker  at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, December 10
at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday,
July  8 at 10 a.m. and will be available for $17, $24, $29, $31, and $41 at
the  Roanoke  Civic Center Box Office, online at and by
phone at (877) HTB-TIXNow (482-8496)

The  Nutcracker's beautiful music, lush scenery and lavish costumes set the
perfect  backdrop  for E.T.A. Hoffmann's timeless story. Young imaginations
will  be  sparked  and  audiences of all ages delighted as a Christmas tree
grows   to  huge  proportions,  mice  and  soldiers  battle,  and  waltzing
snowflakes   whirl   about  amidst  "real"  falling  snow.   Children  will
especially  enjoy  seeing candies and sweets from exotic lands come to life
and a gigantic Mother Ginger as she plays with her many ginger children.

The   Nutcracker  is  more  than  a  regional  attraction.   It's  bringing
neighboring  communities  together in support of the performing arts.  It's
creating  opportunities  for  youth  to  perform in the most well-known and
beloved  story  ballet  of  all  times.   It's  carrying  forward a holiday
tradition  that  has  endured  for  over  100  years.   And  for  many area
residents,  having  a  chance  to dance in The Nutcracker is simply a dream
come true.

This  year  will  mark Southwest Virginia Ballet's fifteenth performance of
The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition for many families, and core part of the
region's  Christmas  festivities.   According to Mike Lawson, SVB Executive
Director,  the cast of 160 represents more than 50 area schools from across
central and southwest Virginia.

Tickets  for  The  Nutcracker  will  go  on sale Friday, July 8 and will be
available  for  $17, $24, $29, $31, and $41 at the Roanoke Civic Center Box
Office,  online  at  and  by phone at (877) HTB-TIXNow
(482-8496).  Ticket  prices  for children under the age of 18 will start at

Global Spectrum ( managers of the Roanoke Civic Center,
as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world.
Nearly  20-million  people  attended  more  than  11,000  events  in Global
Spectrum  venues  last  year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is
part   of   Comcast-Spectacor,  one  of  the  world's  largest  sports  and
entertainment  companies.  Comcast-Spectacor  also  owns  the  Philadelphia
Flyers  of  the  National  Hockey  League,  the  Philadelphia  76ers of the
National  Basketball  Association,  Ovations  Food  Services,  a  food  and
beverage  services  provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and
marketing  product  for  public  assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading
provider  of  venue  establishment  ticketing,  fundraising  and  marketing
technology  solutions,  Front  Row  Marketing Services, a commercial rights
sales  company,  and  Flyers  Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating
rinks.  In  a  partnership  with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually
produces eight nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC-TV

Contact:    Mike Lawson, Executive Director
Cell Phone: 540.521.0808