Friday, November 22, 2013
The Magic of the Nutcracker
Ballet Conservatory Performs the Nutcracker This Holiday Season
When the music begins, we imagine ourselves arriving at one of the most famous Christmas parties that has ever been held in the world. The traditions that surround the Nutcracker Ballet, with music written by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky, developed soon after the Ballet was first performed in 1892. It is the most widely performed Ballet in the world. Dancers from the Ballet Conservatory Studio, directed by Katriina Beck of Burley, will again be performing in an all-children’s cast of the Nutcracker on November 22nd and 23rd at the King Fine Arts Center.
This famous story emphasizes the enchantment of the season found in our homes during Christmas. For these local dancers, the magic occurs as they transform from party guests, to mice, to snow fairies. The fun continues as siblings, cousins, and even a willing dad dance side by side while proud grandparents watch in the audience. The fairy tale love story is evident between the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier, who in reality are engaged to be married in just a few weeks. These are the magical elements that we enjoy when we support local productions and dedicated members of our community who work tirelessly to make the season memorable for all of us.
Miss Katriina has been teaching ballet for 25 years, and she believes that all dancers should have the opportunity to feel and hear the magic of the Nutcracker Ballet. “When they hear this special music throughout their lives, I want them to envision sugar plums dancing in their heads.” She is grateful that she can continue the tradition that has existed in her family for 40 years. This year, Katriina has her sister by her side. Miss Sarah has been a wonderful assistant!
This program is a holiday tradition for ballet schools throughout the world, but this special version was created by Katriina and Sarah’s mother years ago and it features youth in all of the roles. Her studio currently has 60 students, with an additional cast of 20 young men sharing the stage with these beautiful young women. Please join these special youth as they dance as mice, soldiers, flutes, flowers, buffoons, cookies, snowflakes, and more.
General admission tickets are available from any of the dancers or by calling 430-3260. Reserved seating is also available. Ticket prices include $10 for general, $12 for reserved, and $14 for VIP Reserved. Prices will increase at the door so get your tickets now. The Friday night performance begins at 7:30 PM, with a Saturday matinee performance at 2:00 PM. The performances will be at the King Fine Arts Center. We invite you to begin your Holiday Season with us at the Ballet!