KNOW & GO
WHAT: Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Clara and The Nutcracker
WHEN: Wednesday & Thursday, December 11 & 12, 2013, Box Office 6pm, Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City,
TICKETS: $15/GA, $12 Student, Tickets available online and in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op. Seating is Reserved
There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than to see “The Nutcracker.” “The Nutcracker,” a ballet of magic and enchantment, is surely the world’s favorite Christmas ballet. Young and old alike are captivated by the story of little Clara, who falls asleep after a sumptuous Christmas party, complete with the family Christmas tree and the gift of a beautifully-made nutcracker. In her dream, Clara helps the Nutcracker Prince defeat an army of giant mice, and as a reward, Clara visits the Land of Ice and Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, the Realm of the Enchanted Fairies and Angels.
This holiday season the Holt Ballet Conservatory and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Clara and The Nutcracker” a delightful version of the classic holiday tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by Royal Ballet’s famous choreographer Peter Wright as well as new original works by Yelena Holt and Kermit Allen. The evening of dazzling dance showcases an array of dancers, from youngsters making their stage debut as dancers to advanced accomplished dancers performing en pointe, and all levels in between.
“The magic of theater and storytelling ballet are beautifully blended in this holiday classic. The tale of Clara, who is transported to an enchanted fairyland, gives dancers and audiences alike the opportunity to experience the vigor, range, and beauty of classical ballet. If you are not yet a fan of the art of ballet as an entertainment medium, you will be after watching our story come to life,” says Holt, Director and Instructor of Holt Ballet Conservatory.
“Clara and The Nutcracker” features some of our favorite characters from the classic ballet: Fritz and Nanna, Mother and the Mouse King, tiny Mice, toy Soldiers who come to life, a magical angel, the Nutcracker, and some of the most beautiful ballerinas in Nevada County! Featured dancers include Brenna O’Brien MacDonell as Clara, Logan Hollmer) as the Nutcracker, and Hilary Brown as the magic maker Herr Drosselmeyer. These beloved characters are brought to life through the mastery of the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a 19th century musician beloved to this day.
After retiring from Nevada Union High School in 2010 as the chair of the performing arts department and Director of the Dance Department, Holt established Holt Ballet Conservatory in the historic Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Nevada City. The wooden floors are now covered with state of the art Marley dance surfaces and rows of ballet barres, and walls of mirrors and glorious windows illuminate the warm and inviting dance space. Holt trains and develops dancers of all ages–from 6 to 62.
Two years into this endeavor, and the results of her vision are beginning to be seen. Last spring’s co-production with the Miners Foundry of the comedic ballet, “Coppelia”, wowed the sold-out audience with visually stunning sets, costumes, and appealing music, to say nothing of the actual dancers, who graciously and open-heatedly gave themselves to their roles, and became their characters in what seemed to be a magical transformation from country kids to exuberant and glamorous characters from a medieval village.
The Miners Foundry will bring in risers to assure attendees will be able to see the dancer’s footwork. Its beautiful stone walls will also be festively decorated for the holidays, adding to the charm and magic of each performance.
A no-host bar will also be available.