Nutcracker returns to Nevada County for 12th year |

Nutcracker returns to Nevada County for 12th year

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Nevada Union High School's Don Baggett Theatre will host the 12th annual Nevada County Nutcracker, beginning 6 p.m. Dec. 18. For more entertainment news, see today's edition of Spotlight, page B8.
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Center Stage Dance Studio presents its 12th season of the Nevada County Nutcracker (formerly Grass Valley Nutcracker) at 6 p.m. Dec. 18, at 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at Nevada Union High School’s Don Baggett Theatre.

There will be more than 130 cast members from six local dance organizations for the production. Each year, Center Stage continues to bring together one of the largest casts of dancers in the area through the dedication of performers ages 4-70, a community of dedicated volunteers and a full production staff headed by Wendy Fritzinger and Dori Delgado. Each year, Center Stage Dance Studio hosts more than 1,000 local school children at the much-anticipated holiday field trip, where local schools come to see a slightly abridged version of the full show. In four public shows, children and adults of all ages return to bask in the glow of the holiday lights and warmth of the classical music. There is something special about a ballet that shares the timeless story of The Nutcracker.

For the devoted guests who return each year, the show’s commitment to new choreography each season keeps the show fresh and dynamic. This year, the choreographers include artistic director Trieste Erickson, Dori Delgado. The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 and is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The original choreography, staged at the Imperial Ballet School of St. Petersburg to the Tchaikovsky score, is from the legendary Russian choreographers Marius Pepita and Lev Ivanov. The ballet was first produced in the United States by the San Francisco Ballet under the direction of William Christensen in 1944. Pre-sale tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children. Tickets are available online at and on Saturdays, prior to the show weekend, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the dance studio, 121 Joerschke Drive. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door for $17 and $15. For more information, call 530-271-1200.

Community radio KVMR 89.5 FM and The Union are the media sponsors of this year’s 12th anniversary production of The Nutcracker.

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