Wednesday, December 5, 2012

‘The Nutcracker’

Holiday classic at nexStage

Express Staff Writer

Two local girls will play the lead role of Clara in this Christmas tradition ballet. Courtesy photo

    Clara and her heroic soldier are center stage this weekend as the Sun Valley Ballet School presents the much-anticipated Christmas tradition of “The Nutcracker” ballet.    
    First performed in 1892, “The Nutcracker” tells the story of Clara and her magical journey filled with dancing rats and sugar plum fairies. It will be at the nexStage Theatre on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.
    Regular reserved seating is $30, and general admission for adults is $17 and for students is $12. Tickets are available at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum, the Modern Mercantile in Hailey and at the door. There is a special gala seating offered Friday and Saturday for $50, $20 of which is tax deductible. Money raised goes for scholarships for deserving students.
    The role of Clara will be danced by two local 10-year-olds, Annie Burks and Carly Ching. Artistic Director Sherry Horton said the girls have practiced hard and are “performing the role with grace and skill far beyond their young years.”
    The lead role of the Sugarplum Fairy will be played by Phyllis Rothwell Afrunti from Ballet Idaho. Emmet Fortuin will dance numerous parts including the Rat King and guest artist Peter Kozak will be dancing the role of Snow Cavalier and Sugar Plum Cavalier.
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