Published: Nov 22, 2010 7:40 PM EST
Updated: Nov 22, 2010 4:40 PM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla - For the first time, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts will perform its sell-out production of Tchaikovsky’s two-act ballet, The Nutcracker for the community at large.

 The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, December 16, 2010, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. Chorus and music program students will perform holiday favorites in the theater’s lobby before the program and during intermission.

 Now in its fifth year of production, The Nutcracker is a multi-faceted arts educational experience for students of all ages and arts disciplines at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts. As an ARTS Achieve! model school, the Academy is designated and designed to instruct in academics while incorporating arts as a strong component in the curriculum. All levels of artistic ability and economic status are welcome, and students from across the entire school take part in the school’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

 For the past four years, the popular holiday performance has been held at the auditorium of North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts to sold-out crowds of families and friends of students.  Holding this year’s production at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall affords the K-8 school the opportunity to welcome members of the community to enjoy the special production as well.

 Tickets range in price from $7–$20 and are available from the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall box office. Proceeds from this production support ongoing and future arts education programs and special arts opportunities at North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts.