‘Tis the season: Local dance studio prepares for expanded 2nd annual ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

 

 The Nutcracker Ballet is a classic and any dancer, our student or not, should have the chance to be on stage in this fun holiday tradition.”

Danelle Afflerbaugh, artistic director Duck River Dance

 

Pointe II student Carrie Barton dances the Snow Queen in last year’s “Nutcracker Ballet.” -Photo by Rachel Spangler

Duck River Dance will hold open auditions for the production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” Aug. 26 at the studio located at 121 E. Main St., across from the Manchester Arts Center. The public is invited to auditions. Dancers do not have to be a DRD student to participate. “We want to encourage all dancers in the area to audition because we feel strongly about providing local performance opportunities for dancers.  The Nutcracker Ballet is a classic and any dancer, our student or not, should have the chance to be on stage in this fun holiday tradition,” said Artistic Director Danelle Afflerbaugh. “You will see a lot more pointe work this year as well as a more partner work in the pas de deuxs,” she said. “This year we plan to enhance our set pieces, in particular the magical growing Christmas tree.” Those auditioning are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time for their age group to allow for time to complete an audition form and to warm up. Dancers should wear proper ballet attire to the audition: Ladies – tights, solid colored leotard, skirt optional, ballet shoes, hair in a bun. Men – tights or pants, solid colored shirt, ballet shoes. Production dates will be Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at the Manchester Arts Center.   Audition schedule   Youth 4-6 years olds can audition from noon-12:30 p.m. for mice, snow flurries, lollipops, lambs. 7 – 10 years old, 12:30 – 1 p.m., party guests, soldiers, rats, snow flurries, lollipops, Chinese, Spanish, reed flutes, rosebuds 11 – 17 years old, 1-1:45 p.m., Clara, party guests, magical dolls, Rat King, rats, soldiers, Snow Queen, snow flakes, reed flutes, Russian, Spanish, Arabian, Sugarplum Fairy, “Waltz of the Flowers,” Dew Drop Fairy, and the Nutcracker Prince Pointe students (All ages), 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Adults, 2:15-2:45 p.m., party guests, Drosselmeyer, Stahlbaums, Rat King, Nutcracker Prince, snowflakes, reed flutes, Russian, Spanish, Arabian, Sugarplum Fairy, “Waltz of the Flowers” and Dew Drop Fairy   Emerging holiday tradition   For many families, watching a production of “The Nutcracker” ushers in the holiday season. The beloved classic was originally staged in Russia on Dec. 18, 1892. It is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by way of Alexandre Dumas’ adapted story “The Nutcracker.” The story centers on the Victorian-era Stahlbaum household, who is hosting a Christmas party. The eldest child, Clara, is given a Nutcracker doll by the mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer. After the party winds down, Clara sneaks downstairs and is caught up in a magical journey with the Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Sweets, after a battle with the Rat King.