Academy of Dance’s 18th annual production of “The Nutcracker” will be performed at South Kitsap High School’s Win Granlund Performing Arts Center, December 2018.
The performance will help to support Academy of Dance’s “Wish Upon a Star” program providing “at Risk youth” opportunities to participate in our dance program including weekly classes and performances. Our goal for this program is to help youth members of our community overcome difficult circumstances and to empower them to make healthy choices by providing an opportunity to participate in a disciplined yet consistent, positive activity.
Our Nutcracker is produced by Jennifer Dean and Carla Olson, owners of Academy of Dance, and is directed by Jennifer Mckinstry-Dean. It is a traditional version of the ballet featuring a talented cast of child, teen and adult dancers. Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman and featuring Peter Tchaikovsky’s lilting score, The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition since its premiere in 1892. It tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who receives a wonderful nutcracker one Christmas Eve from her mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer. Later that evening, Clara protects her beloved gift from an invading army of mice and a giant rodent, the Rat Queen and is rewarded for her bravery when the doll is transformed into a handsome prince. The prince then invites Clara on a spectacular journey through the Snow covered forest, lead by the snow queen to his enchanted kingdom, the Land of Sweets, where Clara is escorted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and treated to a variety of wonderful dances from around the world.