Tulsa Ballet will treat more than 2,000 local social-service clients and non-profit agencies with its 19th annual Hope for the Holidays on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Dancers will grace the stage for the first performance of the season of “The Nutcracker,” dedicated to sharing holiday cheer with this special audience.

Tulsa Ballet Managing Director Scott Black says: “Hope for the Holidays and Partners in Art are programs that share the joy of dance with members of the Tulsa community who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend ballet performances. For one magical night each December, Tulsa Ballet opens its doors to more than 2,000 clients of area social service agencies, who come to experience the enchanting story, beautiful costumes and live music of “The Nutcracker,” complete with juice and cookies for the family and a take-home holiday gift — all at no cost to them. Hope for the Holidays is one of my favorite nights of the year, as Tulsa Ballet gives back to the community, and to those who would never have the chance to attend a performance on their own. It’s what the holidays are all about.”

Hope for the Holidays is a night where the Tulsa Performing Arts Center is buzzing with families who are eager to experience the magic of Tulsa Ballet and the holiday season. Attendees are consistently captivated by the enchanting story of “The Nutcracker” illustrated with stunning costumes and whimsical scenery, set to thrilling music performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. The festive evening also features costumed volunteers and delicious refreshments for every guest.

Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says: “Hope for the Holidays is, for many people, their first and only exposure to the art of dance. I am always so eager to sit in the audience for the performance as I know the reaction we are going to get from the audience is a direct reflection of how the show impacts them. It’s always rewarding to see the expression of our audience members after a show and see if we truly touched them. There is nothing that matches the feeling of pure joy that follows a performance of Hope for the Holidays; seeing the audience leave the theater dancing, singing and smiling with happiness is what we are all in this business for!”

To join in the holiday spirit and donate to Hope for the Holidays please visit TulsaBallet.org.