The New York State Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" at the Kodak Center December 9-11.

Artistic Director Katie Johnson and Kayleigh Danowski, who will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy, discussed the production Monday on News 8 at Noon.

"We're excited to be there," said Johnson of the Kodak Center.  "We're adding many new layers, we have a professional orchestra this year, the Cordancia Orchestra.  Many Rochesterians are in that orchestra and they're all professional and the New York State Ballet is delighted.  We've expanded our company a lot with our professional dancers.  We have over eleven paid professional dancers as full time members of the New York State Ballet."

Danowski is thrilled to be dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy.  "Well, 'The Nutcracker' is such a magical experience and it wouldn't be Christmas without it," she said.  "To get to play the Sugar Plum Fairy, to dance that role is something every young girl wants to do so it really is a delight for me."

Johnson added, "Every year I'm so excited to do 'The Nutcracker' and each year we restore our 'Nutcracker' and we bring new elements.  This year we have lots of new parts and new costumes so the audience is in for absolute magic, so we're excited."

The show Friday, December 9 begins at 7:00 p.m.

The shows Saturday, December 10 begin at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The show Sunday, December 11 begins at 2:00 p.m.

The Kodak Center for Performing Arts is located at 200 West Ridge Road in Rochester.  Tickets start at $10 for children and $15 for adults.  To order tickets and for more information call (585) 254-0073.

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