San Pedro City Ballet Presents: “The Nutcracker”

Alex Van Duyne, Staff Writer

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Annually, the San Pedro City Ballet, home of ABT principal dancer Misty Copeland, perform “The Nutcracker”, a well known ballet. It was directed by Cynthia and Patrick David Bradley. This year it was on December 9th and 10th at the Warner Grand Theater.

The ballet is based off E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fairy tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”, where a young girl’s favorite toy/doll, the nutcracker comes alive and whisks her away to a fantasy land filled with dolls.

The ballet starts with the Stahlbaum family gathering on Christmas Eve. Clara, the main character (played by Rhiannon Patapoff), receives a nutcracker for her Christmas gift, but her brother Fritz (played by Joaquyn McCowan) steals it and breaks it. The mysterious character of Dr. Drosselmeyer (played by Patrick David Bradley) ends up fixing it, and performs tricks throughout the rest of the act, including turning puppets to life. The Harlequin and Columbine Doll puppets, played by Enrique Herrera Jr. and Helena Ghekiere come to life and amuse the other party guests.

Clara goes to sleep but finds herself in a dream where the nutcracker comes to life. The nutcracker (played by Tony Banuelos) fights the evil Mouse King (played by Allyssea Carver on Sunday and Julia Gutierrez on Saturday), and the nutcracker wins. The nutcracker turns into a prince (played by Joseph Hetzer) and whisks Clara away in another land filled with dolls for Act II.

Act I concludes with the “Land of Snow” scene, featuring the Snow Queen and King played by Lauren Ortega and Enrique Herrera Jr.

Act II, “The Land of Sweets” features the dances of the angels, Chinese, MIrlitons, Arabian, LIttle Sugar Plum Fairy and the Gumdrops, Russian, Mother Ginger and the Candy Canes, the Dew Drop, the Flowers (Waltz Corps).

The dream in the Land of Sweets concludes when Clara wakes up on Christmas day.

Helena Ghekiere, the “Columbine Doll” says it was really fun and her favorite scene to be a part of was the Waltz of the flowers. She likes “how we [the dancers and teachers at San Pedro City Ballet] are all like a family and are all supportive of each other.”

Along with having dancers of many different ages and levels in “The Nutcracker”, the San Pedro City Ballet’s DancEd Steps Up outreach program has allowed kids in some public schools to have a chance to dance.

Having been in “The Nutcracker” at San Pedro City Ballet when I was younger and being a more experienced dancer, I’d have to say it was an amazing experience to go back and watch the show. The nostalgia aside, “The Nutcracker” is a classic that shouldn’t be missed!

Alex Van Duyne, Staff Writer
Alex Van Duyne is an 8th grader here at Dana Middle School. She is an only child and her elementary school was South Shores. If she could travel back to any grade she would travel back to preschool, “I would go to preschool because we didn’t do anything and I didn’t care, and I could...
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  1. no on January 16th, 2018 11:50 am

    It was ok

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