If it’s Christmas, it must be time for ‘Clara and The Nutcracker’ in Nevada City | TheUnion.com

If it’s Christmas, it must be time for ‘Clara and The Nutcracker’ in Nevada City

Yelena Holt’s version of The Nutcracker follows the main character of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical journey to a fantastical world of enchanting delights.
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WHAT: Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Clara and The Nutcracker”

WHEN: Box Office opens at 6 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday & Friday, Dec. 6-7; Box Office opens at noon, doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the show starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

TICKETS: $22/General Admission, $16 Student. Tickets available online and in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, 530-265-5040.

INFO: Visit http://www.minersfoundry.org for more information

This holiday season the Holt Ballet Conservatory and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Clara and The Nutcracker,” Yelena Holt’s retelling of the classic holiday story “The Nutcracker Suite” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by Royal Ballet’s famous choreographer Marius Petipa.

The evening of dazzling dance showcases an array of dancers, from youngsters making their stage debut as dancers to professional guest artists, and all levels in between.

Holt’s tale of The Nutcracker follows the title character of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical journey to a fantastical world of enchanting delights. These beloved scenes are set against the beautiful backdrop of Tchaikovsky’s music, plus new colorful costumes and a spectacular set that transports the audience through time.

“We have more dancers than ever participating this year — over 55,” said Yelena Holt, director, Holt Ballet Conservatory. “The beautiful core work continues to develop as the dancers become more seasoned and this year really represents the best.”

This year’s cast features some new dancers along with audience favorites in new roles. Miriam Allen shines in her new role as the Snow Queen, while Krista Yazzolino makes her debut as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Yazzolino studied with the Miami City Ballet and Orlando Ballet schools, as well as was an apprentice at Florida West Ballet under Sarasota Ballet Master Pavel Fomin. Yazzolino took a 10-year hiatus from ballet after entering college, and though she has performed in “The Nutcracker” in various roles growing up, and practiced numerous Sugar Plum Fairy variations as a student, she had never performed the role until her debut with Holt Ballet Conservatory.

Returning dancers include Christopher Selbie, as this year’s cavalier. Selbie is a former student of Holt’s, and went on to attend the University of Arizona School of Dance and perform with the David Taylor Dance Theatre, Zikr, and the Dawson/Wallace Dance Project of Denver, Colorado.

Nora Heiber also reprises her role of Herr Drossellmeyer. Heiber is a founding member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet and former dancer in the San Francisco Opera. And eighth-grader Tenaya Anderson returns in the starring role as Clara.

The Miners Foundry will bring in risers to assure attendees will be able to see the dancer’s footwork. Its beautiful historic stone walls will also be festively decorated for the holidays, adding to the charm and magic of each performance, and attendees are welcome to enjoy a warm cider with friends and family around the historic fireplace in the Stone Hall.

“Our collaboration with the historic Miners Foundry makes for a great evening; a great experience,” said Holt. “The Miners Foundry is the perfect setting for this holiday tradition.”

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