Ballet Pensacola is celebrating their tenth year producing “The Nutcracker” under their name. Ballet Pensacola was originally founded in 1978 as Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre and produced the first production of “The Nutcracker” in 1989.
“The Nutcracker” is originally based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by E.T.A. Hoffman, but has been adapted to be more like the revision by Alexander Dumas.
The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl named Clara who is gifted a Nutcracker for Christmas. Out of spite her brother breaks the Nutcracker and devastates Clara. Once everyone has been tucked away in bed, Clara sneaks back to her Nutcracker to check on him and falls asleep holding him.
When the clock strikes midnight things begin to change. Clara is now suddenly shrunken to the size of her Nutcracker, who has come to life and is leading an army of toys to fight off the Mouse King and his army of mice.
Once the battle has been finished, the Nutcracker- now turned Prince- takes Clara on a journey through his magical land. Through their journey they meet many people and are greeted with beautiful dances along the way.
Sadly, after the greetings of dance are over, Clara awakes to find herself back with her Nutcracker in her arms. Everything was just a dream.
This year, four Gulf Breeze Students will be performing in this show: junior Logan Reeder, sophomore Dasha Batova, Alexandra Smith, and senior Gage Thomas. They are performing for the second, fifth, third, and first time respectively.
Thomas said, “Working with Ballet Pensacola is such an amazing experience. They’re so professional and I’m so excited to be performing alongside such talented artists.”
This amazing production is a huge sell out for the Saenger and will be performed tonight, December 16, Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18.