Ellen McDonald is with Mershon & McDonald, LLC.
In this Q5, she talks about the upcoming performance of the Kansas City Ballet.

Ellen McDonald is with Mershon & McDonald, LLC.
In this Q5, she talks about the upcoming performance of the Kansas City Ballet. “The Nutcracker” is a Christmas favorite for young and old alike.

Ellen, how many years has the Kansas City Ballet performed “The Nutcracker” in Kansas City?
Since 1972. So, 46 years.

What will be different about this performance at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts?
Partnering with Autism Speaks, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Breedlove Family Foundation, Kansas City Ballet is pleased to present a sensory-friendly performance of  “The Nutcracker”  for children, families and adults with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorder or other special needs. Appropriate changes will be made to this performance to create a welcoming and safe space for all in attendance. What makes this performance sensory friendly?
Reduced sound levels
Half-lit house lights
Relaxed house rules – you can get up and move around, use electronic devices and talk freely during the performance
Designated quiet spaces
Trained staff, ushers and volunteers to assist patrons
We are delighted to be working with the Kansas City Symphony to provide live music for this performance while remaining sensitive to the needs of our audience.
General admission for this event is $25 per person. Call the Kansas City Ballet box office at 816–931-8993 to reserve tickets.
 
How does the story of “The Nutcracker” touch the hearts of children and adults alike?
There is much to delight audiences of all ages.
The classic, Victorian-era story by E.T.A. Hoffman with Clara, the Prince and Dr. Drosselmeier features Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and enchanting choreography by Devon Carney, artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet.
 In addition, all performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau.
For the child in all of us, there is magic and enchanting characters with costumes and special effects guaranteed to thrill.
 
What are some of the highlights of the play that will dazzle the audience?
We can’t give away all of our secrets!
 
How can people find out more about the play and get tickets?
Tickets may be purchased by telephone, in person at the Kansas City Ballet box office located at the Bolender Center, 500 W. Pershing Road, or online at www.kcballet.org
Tickets also may be purchased at the Kauffman Center box office and website. Visit the Kansas City Ballet website for more information about performance times, seating options and parking.

– Rimsie McConiga