Milwaukee Ballet
Press Release

We Energies Foundation to sponsor Milwaukee Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Sponsorship creates brighter holidays for thousands of Wisconsin families

By - Oct 5th, 2018 01:58 pm

MILWAUKEE (October 5, 2018) – Milwaukee Ballet is thrilled to announce We Energies Foundation as presenting sponsor of the forty-first year of Milwaukee’s magical holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.

Widely anticipated year after year as the premiere, family-friendly production in Milwaukee, The Nutcracker will open on Saturday, Dec. 8 and runs through Dec. 26.

“Our foundation is committed to supporting the arts and creating brighter futures in the communities we serve. We are delighted to sponsor The Nutcracker – a family tradition for so many,” said Beth Straka, vice president of the We Energies Foundation and senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations at WEC Energy Group, the holding company of We Energies.

“We hope that the community continues to enjoy the magic of this production and the beauty of ballet through our support,” Straka said.

The Nutcracker is a firm favorite for generations of families throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.  The production involves Milwaukee Ballet Company, its School & Academy, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, 145 costumes, special effects, and 20 pounds of snow per performance, and is seen by nearly 27,000 people each year.

Artistic Director Michael Pink expressed gratitude to We Energies Foundation for their commitment.

“We Energies Foundation is a steadfast supporter of the arts in Milwaukee. We are incredibly fortunate to have their support for our flagship and best-loved production,” said Pink.

The Nutcracker will have 16 public performances, three student matinees, and one performance especially for children and adults with sensory-processing disorders.

“Our Sensory Friendly version of The Nutcracker includes adaptations to make the show more comfortable for our guests. For example, we use pre-recorded music, leave the lights on and theater doors open, and remove pyrotechnics,” said Pink.

Tickets for The Nutcracker and its Sensory Friendly performance are on sale now. To order tickets, and for detailed show dates and times, call (414) 902-2103 or visit

About Milwaukee Ballet

Milwaukee Ballet was founded in 1970. Led by Artistic Director Michael Pink, Milwaukee Ballet’s mission is to create a rich and diverse community through its inspiring dance performance, education, and outreach. Milwaukee Ballet hosts an international company of dancers and is one of the few companies in the nation to maintain its own orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Milwaukee Ballet’s award-winning Community Engagement department servers nearly 40,000 people in Southeastern Wisconsin each year through original, interactive programs. Milwaukee Ballet celebrates its 50th Anniversary next year in the 2019-20 season.

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