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Dance Theatre to perform 'The Nutcracker'

Dec. 06, 2007 @ 10:38 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington holiday favorite is entering its second quarter-century of waltzing flowers and sugar plum fairies.

The annual production of "The Nutcracker," composed by Tchaikovsky, will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday by the Huntington Dance Theatre at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse.

The performance is presented in conjunction with the non-profit Dress for Success, which provides professional attire and career development tools to disadvantaged women entering the workforce. The day of each show, mannequins will be on display in the lobby and a silent auction will be held to help raise funds for the group.

"Huntington Dance Theatre's production of 'The Nutcracker' is a holiday classic and a Huntington favorite," said Jamie Turner, director of the dance school and company. "And, we're proud to partner with 'Dress For Success' and what they're trying to do as well."

The Huntington Dance Theatre has become well-known in the community for its special approach to "The Nutcracker" each year, choosing to implement all new choreography each year and bringing in world-class guest artists to perform alongside Huntington's finest. More than 100 years old, "The Nutcracker" remains the most performed ballet in the world and a favorite of both young and old.

"I think because it's a holiday story and people are looking for family things to do during the holidays, 'The Nutcracker' is a pretty fit," Turner said. "It has a really great story and is a really good ballet for children, too, in that it centers around this young child, Clara, and her fantasy dream world."

As in years past, the dance company is welcoming Alexander Kedrov, who studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School, and this year, Donald Laney, co-artistic director of the West Virginia Dance Company. The duo will perform the "Sugar Plum Suite" and "Snow Pas," described as the two most climatic pieces in the ballet.

"We like to take the opportunity to expose Huntington to a whole new level of artistry we don't get to see on a regular basis," Turner said.

This year's role of Clara will be performed by 16-year-old Delcie Gorum, while the Sugar Plum Fairy role is played by Molly Daniel and the Snow Queen role by Elizabeth Farley. The complete cast includes 55 dancers.

"It's every girl's dream to play one of these roles," Turner said. "And, these are very talented dancers."

Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children younger than 12 and seniors. They may be purchase at the door or by calling the box office at (304) 696-2787.

WHAT: "The Nutcracker"

PERFORMED BY: Huntington Dance Theatre

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Playhouse

HOW MUCH: $16 adults, $12 for seniors and children 12 and under

INFORMATION: (304) 696-2787