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'Nutcracker' to be performed Dec. 3

November 24, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
Nothing says the holidays quite like “The Nutcracker” and this year’s production by Ballet Western Reserve has more than just ballet to offer the audience members. Under the direction of newly appointed Artistic Director Virginia Hartman, nearly 100 Ballet Western Reserve students will take to the stage Dec. 3 joined by area ballroom dancers.

Along with the traditional Sugar Plum Fairy and the flurry of the Snowflakes, Hartman has taken a new approach to some of the roles in her production of “The Nutcracker.” With ballroom dancing receiving much attention in several popular television series, Hartman immediately thought of collaborating with the dancers of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boardman. Dancing the Spanish Variation will be professional ballroom dancers and regional champions, Travis Manero and Kristin Dobson. Another professional team from Fred Astaire, Brandon Barker and Chelsea Cherie, will dance Arabian. Dustin Jones and Dobson will lead several ballroom dancers from Fred Astaire as they bring true ballroom dancing to the festivities of the first act Party Scene in “The Nutcracker.”

Bringing the character of Drosselmeyer to life will be the talented James McClellan.

“Jimmy is part of our BWR family, and his passion for acting along with a passion for our organization will make for a spectacular performance from him. We are lucky to have him be part of this production,” Hartman stated.

Children’s Ballet coordinator Tarra Joseph has been working with the younger performers for several weeks and said, “It is both a joy and an honor to be creating this year’s choreography for BWR’s young performers. Their energy and commitment is what makes this experience so much fun.”

With a history of many performances of The Nutcracker with The Atlanta Ballet, and The Richmond Ballet, Hartman is looking forward to her first production of everyone’s favorite holiday ballet as artistic director of Ballet Western Reserve.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented at Powers Auditorium at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. For ticket information, call 330-744-0264.

Article Photos

Preparing for their part in the Ballet Western Reserve's “The Nutcracker” are Austintown dancers, in front: Emily Dew and Faith Fisher, and in back Jena Styka and Caroline Lacusky.



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