Sunday, November 18, 2012

Staunton's Nutcracker Ballet 2012

A holiday classic that has been a part of Staunton for 30 years, Tchaikovsky’s full-length ballet The Nutcracker returns Saturday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m. with local talent under the direction of the Shenandoah Civic Dance Company. Performances will take place in the John Lewis Auditorium at R.E. Lee High School located as 1200 North Coalter Street in Staunton.

Made up of local school and home school children and dance alumni, the ballet requires almost 100 children and young adults to fill the parts of dancing mice, wooden soldiers, dancing bakers, dancing clowns, Mother Ginger and the little Gingersnaps, flowers, snowflakes, Snow Queen, Arabian dancers, dancing dolls, Sugar Plum Fairy, party girls and boys, couples, Chinese dancers, Russian dancers, Spanish dancers, little brother Fritz, and most importantly the Nutcracker and Clara. International guest dancer again this year is Jurijs Safonovs who was formerly with the Latvian National Opera Ballet.

With the wonderful choreography of Pamela McCray, original story by E. T. A. Hoffman, and timeless beautiful musical score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a magical evening for young and old alike.

The Shenandoah Civic Dance Company is in its 30th year of presenting classical ballets for the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County community and has provided over a thousand area children the opportunity to perform.

Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, November 19, 2012. For reserved tickets, please call 540-885-9355 ($15 for adults, $13 for children and students) and General Admission Tickets ($11 for adults, $9 for children and students) will be available at the door before each performance and also at BookWorks (101 W. Beverley Street, Downtown Staunton) and Initial Inspiration (412 W. Main Street, Downtown Waynesboro).

For more information about The Nutcracker or The Shenandoah Civic Dance Company, please call 540-886-9355.

See you at The Nutcracker....

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