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For the week of December 3 - 9, 2003

Arts and Entertainment

Into the Kingdom
of Sweets we dance

Express Arts Editor

Oh, to be lost in fantasy. For children it is as natural as drawing breath. Adults seem to have a tougher time of it, even seem a bit sheepish about flights of fantasy. But maybe thatís why a holiday classic like "The Nutcracker" has been so warmly embraced by audiences young and old for more than 110 years: It gives us an excuse to go where we might not otherwise go.

Nadia Hirner and Todd Fox Photo by Michelle Schwartz

The Sun Valley Ballet School will present an original production of the ballet based on the E. T. A. Hoffman book, "The Nutcracker and The Mouse King," Friday through Sunday, Dec. 5-7, at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. There will be a Gala Party at 6:15 p.m. prior to the Friday evening performance. Curtain time is 7 p.m. There will be matinee shows 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A Saturday evening performance will be offered at 7 p.m.

Starring as the Snow King and the Sugar Plum Cavalier is professional principal dancer Todd Fox. Nadine Hirner, a dancer from the schoolís student corps, will dance the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Allison Sher and Kelsey Brennan share the role of Clara. Other principal dancers include Liz Pforde, Hailey Tucker, Kayla Harrison, Estelle Rudolph, Brittany Jones, Kelley Crabtree, Eddie Ramirez and Mareena Moss.

Fox is a dancer with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and the Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley.

"The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara and her magical nutcracker toy that is transformed into a prince. The two journey into a fantastical battle with the Mouse King. After defeating him, the pair travels to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where they witness the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her subjects.

Tchaikovsky composed the original music of "The Nutcracker" in 1891, and the first production of the ballet was a year later at the home of the Kirov Ballet in Russia.

The Sun Valley Ballet Schoolís artistic director, Sherry Booth, has choreographed the production.

General admission tickets are available from Chapter One Bookstore or at the schoolís studio in Ketchum. Tickets can also be purchased at the nexStage Theatre from 3 to 6 p.m. Gala Evening or reserved seating can be arranged by calling 726-2985.



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