Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker will feature New York City Ballet dancers

Canton Ballet is pulling out all the stops this December for its 50th anniversary! New York City Ballet dancers will perform the leading roles in Canton Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker in five performances on December 11-13 at the Canton Palace Theatre. NYCB soloist and Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro and principal Sterling Hyltin will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. This will be a first for Stark County audiences to see performing members of America’s premiere ballet company here at home.

Opening night theatregoers will have an opportunity to meet the NYCB guest artists by attending the VIP After Party at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography following the performance. Tickets are $35.

We are very excited to welcome home Zachary with Sterling Hyltin as guest artists for this outstanding highlight of our anniversary season,” says artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley. “Watching Zachary dance with New York City Ballet has been truly rewarding for us at Canton Ballet.” During his 11 years with Canton Ballet, Catazaro studied primarily with Crowley and assistant to the artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother. His father is Thomas Clark of Canton.

Catazaro was born in Canton and began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet. A graduate of Hoover High School, he studied at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2003 and 2006, and then enrolled as a full-time student later that same year. In October 2007 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined the Company’s corps de ballet in October 2008. He was promoted to soloist in February 2014.

Admission is $21-25 for adults, $21-17 for seniors and $11-13 for children. There is a discount for groups of 15 or more. Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet box office in the west wing of the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.
The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Ave. N. in the downtown Canton Arts District. There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor. The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only. Ticket purchase in advance is recommended for this popular event.