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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Todd Eric Allen
NFB Artistic Director & CEO
Thank you for being part of the Northwest Florida Ballet’s 54th
season! As the years tick by, it hardly seems possible that our organization has entertained families and provided excellence in dance
education for over half a century. And you, our faithful patrons,
remain integral to that legacy! As with all of our seasons, 2023-2024
has become one of the most exciting collections of productions yet.
As you sit here today, we are thrilled to present our first mainstage production of the season,
the 44th annual performance of The Nutcracker. As the only full-length production of this classic
holiday fairytale in the area, we look forward to delighting you with a spectacular cast of NFB
company members, international guest artists, and more than 100 local children. You’ll also hear
talented Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) musicians, under the direction of NFB
Music Director David Ott, provide live musical accompaniment.
In collaboration with the NFSO, we will return to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on March 9 at 7:30
p.m. and March 10 at 2:30 p.m. with Carl Orff’s powerhouse masterpiece Carmina Burana. A
celebration of spring and new beginnings, this inspiring program is a mesmerizing mix of live
music, opera and dance featuring the NFSO, led by maestro Todd Craven, and the choreography
of Gregory Schramel, Artistic Director of New Orleans Ballet Theatre (NOBT), performed by NFB
dancers and soloists from NOBT. Rising operatic world stars, including Sarah Vautour, Lunga Eric
Hallam and Ben Taylor, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, round out this incredible
ensemble of artists for Carmina Burana.
Our season concludes with On the Edge at 7:30 p.m. on June 15, also at the Mattie Kelly Arts
Center. This unique production features the artists of NFB with international guest artists from
Ballet Memphis, Ballet San Antonio, Ballet Idaho and Colorado Ballet performing a mix of
cutting-edge contemporary, neoclassical and classical pieces from guest choreographers and the
Again, thank you for joining us for The Nutcracker. On behalf of everyone at the Northwest Florida
Ballet, thank you for your support, and we hope you enjoy the show!
Todd Eric Allen, Artistic Director/CEO
NFB is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of
Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.