Intercity Ballet Theatre will present its 32nd annual production of “The Nutcracker” with school performances on Dec. 8 and 9 and public performances at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 and 10 at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center Auditorium in Kingsport.
This year’s production will feature a cast of more than 210 dancers and actors from six different regional schools, along with many adult community leaders and business people.
The Christmas favorite is the story of Clara and a wooden nutcracker, a giant mouse, a snow storm, a magical forest, life-size toy soldiers and the Rat King who attacks the valiant nutcracker.
The school performances are free for all area students and teachers. Tickets for evening performances are $8, $15 and $25. Tickets are available in advance at the Kingsport Town Center and the Toy Reid Employee Center and at the door.
Cassandra Lund will dance the role of Sugar Plum. A California resident, Lund received most of her dance training under the direction of Eugenia Keefer at New West Ballet School, where her roles ranged from Clara to the Sugar Plum Fairy as well as the title roles in “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Lund currently teaches at high school dance camps across the western United States for the United Spirit Association, where she serves as a head instructor, adjudicator and a member of the Program Development Team. She has taught and choreographed for numerous studios, high school dance teams and competition ensembles throughout southern California, has coached a nationally ranked high school dance team, and served as an assistant choreographer for the Super Bowl halftime show in 1999.
Returning to Kingsport to perform the roles of Snow King and Cavalier is Pablo Infante, a native of Tijuana, Mexico. Infante joined the California Ballet Co. in 2003 and by mid-season was promoted to the rank of soloist. His repertoire includes featured roles in full-length ballets such as “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Carmen,” “Cinderella,” “Who Cares,” “Ballet Imperial,” “Spanish Serenades” and “Suite Vivaldi.”
Dorothy Hanner Ratcliff, Intercity’s artistic director, will again dance the role of Grandmother, while her son Daniel reprises the ever-popular Rat King. Mike McGinn will return as Uncle Drosselmeyer.
Phil Clemons will dance the part of the Nutcracker. Sharing the role of Clara will be Maggie Donnellan and Amanda Alom, while Aryn King will dance the role of Fritz. Dancing the role of Mechanical Doll is Julie Ellis. Others dancing solo roles are Ashley Miller as Marzipan; Eva Alom as Dew Drop Fairy; Catherine Raible and Chelsea Sumpter as Hot Chocolate; Kristen Odom and Casey Crawford as Coffee; Mark Clark as Mother Ginger; Laura Mixon as Devil Doll; Jacob and Chloe Ottinger as Tepak; and Brianna Mullins, Sara Hrivnak and Phil Clemons as Tea.
Former dancers and families are invited to a special recognition at the end of both evening performances.
For more information, visit www.intercityballet.org or call (423) 239-5620 or (423) 246-2199.comments powered by Disqus