Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Bayshore Ballet Academy presents 20th annual Nutcracker ballet

Bayshore Ballet Academy presents 20th annual Nutcracker ballet

In Wilkes-Barre, Degnan Ballet Center at the Conservatory of Wilkes University takes over from Ballet Northeast in presenting the show at the school's Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S. River St. Sarah Hoffman portrays Clara in the show, which takes place Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and children.

After a short battle featuring warring gingerbread soldiers and mice, the Nutcracker Prince takes Clara to the Kingdom of candies, where she is entertained by dancers. "And I was a little tiny girl at the time.' And now here they are, you know, married, and with families". "It was hard for me, but I was accepted at Ballet Jorgen where I've been dancing for four years".

The popular Christmastime ballet, "The Nutcracker", will be presented here this year with an unexpected Canadian interlude. "It was a great challenge to have to be that present throughout the entire show", Balsamo said of playing Maria.

Academy dancers progress to more complex parts each year as their skills increase: first wee mice and angels, then clowns and candy canes, then snowflakes and flowers and finally leading roles ...

"I don't think there's a community our size that does anything like it".

"I did "The Nutcracker" past year for a local studio, and I think the owner of that studio here in Las Vegas knows somebody connected to Sioux City, and that's how I got into this", said Noda, who plays the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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Joleen Zoller, says "The kids read her language, they just pick up the dances right away and now they've been cleaning for two weeks".

The show, which the dance company has staged every few years since 1971, is the culmination of months of auditions and casting, rehearsals and choreography, and tens of thousands of dollars' worth of elaborate costuming and sets.

"Her technique is very solid and she's also very passionate about the story".

"It does kind of change a little bit, I've noticed that some of the things, Tracy gets a little bit creative with her directing and her choreography", he said. "She's really invested in the story and wants to bring the best story to the audience". "The first time I saw Maria, I was like, I want to do that", Glise said. Her brother breaks the toy and Clara goes to bed heartbroken.

As for the Nutcracker, it's the variety within the ballet that she likes. "It's been a big part of our lives for so long".

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