Join us as the Mendocino Ballet presents their 30th year of “The Nutcracker”, one of the holiday season’s favorite family traditions. A joyous Christmas celebration at the home of the Staulbaum family where beautiful life-size dolls come to life to entertain the guests, an action packed battle scene takes place between mice, bats and toy soldiers, and a Nutcracker Doll is turned into a handsome prince, are but a few of the surprises in the first act of this fanciful ballet. The Nutcracker Prince then leads young Clara into the magical land of Snow and on to the Kingdom of Sweets where exotic performers from faraway lands dance in the court of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Nutcracker comes to life under the direction of Mendocino Ballet’s Artistic Director, Trudy McCreanor, with beautiful sets, colorful costumes and entertaining choreography. This is a truly delightful holiday treat, certain to enchant audiences of all ages!
Performances are Saturday, December 12 at 7 pm and Sunday, December at 13 at 2pm in Fort Bragg at the Cotton Auditorium. In Ukiah, performances will be held on Friday, December 18 at 7 pm, Saturday, December 19 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, December 20 at 2 pm at the Mendocino College Center Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 & up, and $10 for children/students under 18. Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and Mendocino Ballet in Ukiah, Harvest Market and Pipi’s Longstockings in Fort Bragg, Out of this World in Mendocino, and at Mazahar in Willits. Tickets are also available online at www.mendocinoballet.org. There is a $1 surcharge for all credit card purchases. Tickets are $5 more at the door.
The role of Clara will be danced by Mercedes Allende, freshman at Ukiah High, with Addison Conzet, Junior at Ukiah High, reprising his role as theNutcracker/Prince. Raleigh Wilcox will perform as the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Clara’s eccentric Godfather. Carson Maynard of Ukiah will dance as Fritz, the mischievous brother of Clara, with Mendocino Ballet Alumni Kelly Enberg and Robbie Cristiani, both of Ukiah, as their parents, Frau and Dr. Staulbaum.
Aliyah Malicay, senior at Ukiah High, and Morgan Cummings, student at Mendocino College, will be alternating the magical role of the Sugar Plum Fairy who presides over the Land of the Sweets. Other major roles are danced by Clara Richmond, junior at Summerfield Waldorf School in Santa Rosa, as Snow Queen, and Majken Rasmussen, senior at Ukiah High, asRose Queen in the “Waltz of the Flowers”. Other Mendocino Ballet Company dancers Jenna McEwen and Hannah Woolfenden, are joined by over 60 local children and adult dancers and actors from Ukiah, Willits, Anderson Valley, Fort Bragg, Mendocino and surrounding communities to form a cast of talented and entertaining performers.
Tickets will be available for purchase soon. Check back for more details.
Do you love Dance? Are you interested in being part of an exciting community arts organization dedicated to excellence in the Dance Arts? We are recruiting New Members for the Mendocino Ballet Board of Directors.
The Mendocino Ballet is seeking energetic, creative thinkers to join our Board of Directors. An interest in dance and children, and love of the arts are the main pre-requisites. Perhaps you or some other family member enjoyed dance as part of your life and younow find yourself wanting to give back to your community. With new projects brewing, a Cultural Exchange with dancers from France, and the expansion of our dance program with new classes, our volunteer Board has the chance to really make a difference as we embark on these new opportunities.
If you have an interest in the dance arts and would like to help make a difference in a child's life and the quality of dance in our community, serving on the Mendocino Ballet Board of Directors might just be the ticket for you! We would love to talk to you. Give our office a call at 463-2290 and we will make sure to get you a Board Packet and answer any questions you may have.
We are the only dance program in the area that offers profesional quality dance training with Classical Ballet as the foundation. We also offer Tap, Jazz, Pre-Ballet for ages 3-5 and Contemporary Dance so students can choose from a variety of styles. Even if you do not plan on a career in dance, you still receive the best technical training and performance opportunities around. Our ballet students have the chance to perform in our annual "Nutcracker" as well as in original choreography and ballets of favorite fairytales and stories from "Cinderella", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter and the Wolf" to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "The Little Mermaid" and more! We also offer the opportunity for our "Art of Classical Ballet" students to participate in a special Cultural Exchange Program with dancers from France. Class sizes are limited so students receive individual attention. Our studios are family friendly with waiting areas for parents who want to watch their children dance.