Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dream of sugar plum fairies

‘The Nutcracker’ ballet features the Eugene Ballet Company

Express Staff Writer

“The Nutcracker” ballet will be performed at the Community Campus in Hailey. Photo by

College of Southern Idaho will sponsor a performance of "The Nutcracker" ballet at the Community Campus in Hailey on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. The ballet performance will include several Wood River Valley children dancing alongside professional ballet dancers from the Eugene Ballet Company.

"The Nutcracker" tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who is given a nutcracker by her godfather at a party on Christmas Eve. After the guests leave, Clara is swept away in a dream fantasy in which mice battle toy soldiers, dolls and fairies dance to life and Clara's nutcracker transforms into a prince.

Tchaikovsky's music, the story and the fanciful stage sets promise to transport the audience to a holiday wonderland. The performance will include 40 Wood River Valley children and dance students who auditioned for roles in the ballet and rehearsed throughout the fall.

Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the CSI Blaine County office or by calling 788-2033. Funds generated from the performance will benefit higher education programming in the Wood River Valley.

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