The Nutcracker Returns This Weekend, With Lucas Richman on the Podium

Bangor, ME – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) annual production of The Nutcracker featuring the Robinson Ballet returns to the Collins Center for the Arts this weekend. This year, BSO Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman will conduct the production for the first time, putting his stamp on Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece.

“I’ve been conducting selections from The Nutcracker for almost 30 years, but I’ve never had the privilege to be on the podium for the entirety of this magnificent work,” said Maestro Richman. “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the Robinson Ballet for what I know will be the first of many performances of the whole ballet.”

The story of The Nutcracker unfolds on Christmas Eve and follows the young Clara as her toy Nutcracker springs to life in a holiday dreamland. 45 musicians, 40 dancers, and 38 choristers are involved in this year’s production. The cast includes Haley Williams, a UMaine sophopmore, returning as Clara, with her brother Nathan Williams again portraying Fritz. Guest artists August Eaton and Sasha Rydlizky dance the Cavalier and Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tickets to The Nutcracker are available through the Collins Center for the Arts Box Office by phone at (207) 581-1755, in person, or online at Prices range from $11 to $27 for children 18-and-under and students, and $21 to $37 for adults. Availability is limited but great seats remain, particularly in the balcony, as of Monday, December 14th.