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Volume 65 Number 3

The Nutcracker at Chadwick: 'Tis the Season to Dance

by Sara Platnick - 2014-12-18


On a cold and cloudy Thursday afternoon, Dec. 4, the village school students packed into Laverty to watch an hour-long special performance of excerpts of the Holiday classic, The Nutcracker, put on by South Bay Ballet Company. The performance was part of an interactive outreach program through the company to promote dance and the arts.

The ballet The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl named Clara, who, at midnight on Christmas Day, is transported to a magical world with a nutcracker where she encounters mice soldiers, travels to the Land of Sweets to meet the sugar plum fairy, and watches as various different characters, including Russian Dancers, celebrate Clara and dance together.

The ballet was originally performed in 1892, and has been performed by countless ballet companies around the world, especially during the Christmas season. Most ballet companies usually make some change to the character names or plot in the story.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, the company performed a special presentation of the show, charging either reduced or free admission for patrons. The show was directed at bringing underprivileged families and children to see the performance.

The official show dates for the South Bay Ballet Company show of The Nutcracker are Dec. 20-21, both at 2 P.M. at the 2,000 seat Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College.

Former Chadwick student Daisy Jacobson used to be a part of the company before going to Juilliard to study dance, and current Chadwick sophomore Robert Mack is a part of the company and the show. He plays the Spanish Ambassador, a Rat, and a Russian Dancer in the show.

The tickets for the show cost $30 for adults and $20 for kids age 12 and under.


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