For Immediate Release: Thurs., Sept. 29
Contact: Joe Reed | Director of Marketing and Communications
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Phipps Conservatory and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Present Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
Family-friendly event features vignettes from "The Nutcracker" and a sneak peek of Phipps' Winter Flower Show

Photo © Aimee DiAndrea

Pittsburgh, PA – Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will welcome the holiday season with a special event: Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes. Ballet vignettes from Terrence S. Orr’s The Nutcracker will be performed in Phipps’ historic glasshouse on Mon., Nov. 21. Three sessions will be offered, with performances at 4:30, 6 and 7:15 p.m.
Guests will see the beloved “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy,” as performed by talented Pre-professional Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School students. With admission to the performance, guests can also explore the Conservatory and enjoy a sneak peek of the festive displays in Phipps’ Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. Wine and refreshments will be available at Café Phipps. 
Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance, which will begin promptly at the stated time. Please plan to arrive early as seating is not assigned and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to each session costs $38 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets must be purchased through Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre by visiting www.pbt.org or calling 412-454-9107.
Phipps members and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre subscribers can receive a 10 percent discount on tickets to Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes. The discount code will be sent via email. All tickets include an exclusive 50-percent-off ticket special to attend PBT’s full-length performance of The Nutcracker, onstage at the Benedum Center Dec. 9 – 28.


About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.
Watch TEDx: What We Can Learn From an Old Glasshouse: A look at the evolving way we connect people to nature at Phipps, demonstrate how human and environmental health are inextricably connected, and show that to age gracefully, we must continually reinvent ourselves to evolve with the rest of the world.