“After the auditions my daughter is always in a hurry to know which role she will dance; it is a tradition which enables us to see the evolution of her progress through the complexity of the roles she is given, and at the same time, this makes it possible for the young dancers to view the show in the skin of a new character,” says one ballet parent who has seen her daughter interpret different roles over the years.
In fact, the roles are adapted to the various levels of ballet classes, which makes it possible for each group to have its moment in the spotlight and ensure the quality of the performance.
“For this show, we are rehearsing with more than 60 dancers, between the ages of 5 and 55 years old,” says Neva Shelton, director of the school “This year, the first child to have danced the role of Clara will be on stage as the mother of Clara.”
The Nutcracker is one of the best-known ballets and one of the most universally appreciated works of Tchaikovsky, with its first performance in 1892. The ballet is divided into two acts. It begins at the Christmas Eve supper where Clara receives a nutcracker from her uncle Drosselmeyer. During the night, Clara awakes to find the toy soldiers alive and battling with the Mouse King and his subjects. Saved by Clara, the nutcracker is transformed into the Prince and together they transport the audience, into the second act, to the Magic Forest and the Kingdom of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains them with a variety of dances and delicacies.
This year, the traditional Christmas tale will bring its magic to Grove Hall in Huntingdon on December 19th at 7:00 pm and on December 20th at 2:00 pm for a matinée show. It will also be performed at the Salle Albert-Dumouchel in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield on December 29th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.