The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball
The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball celebrated the world premiere of artistic director Septime Webre’s million dollar production of “The Nutcracker,” at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on December 10. Prior to the ball, guests trekked to the Warner Theatre to view Webre’s rendition of the time honored holiday ballet, set in an 1882 Georgetown mansion. Lawyer and D.C. power player Vernon Jordan also joined the cast for the evening as writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglas, complete with gray beard. The elaborate holiday-themed party raised over $300,000 thanks to the efforts of chairwoman Mary Ourisman. Proceeds benefit The Washington Ballet’s performances and programs.