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Peanut Cracker “The Story in Nut Shell” for Families

Posted on December 1, 2014
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

This is an absolutely DARLING 45 minute show. If you have never been to this, it’s a must do – especially if you like to see tiny little kids all dressed up in costumes doing their own version of ‘ballet’, accompanied by professional dancers as well.

The Sierra Nevada Ballet will present the popular “PEANUTCRACKER – The Story in Nut Shell” on Dec. 6 in the Bob Boldrick Theater in the Carson City Community Center at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Based on Lev Ivanov‘s original ballet “The Nutcracker”, PEANUTCRACKER is a shorter, 45-minute narrated version that is “designed for families with younger children to introduce them to the wonderful world of ballet,” noted Rosine Bena, Artistic Director of the Sierra Nevada Ballet. Bena who wrote and choreographed this traditional holiday show.

This year’s performances will feature Malik Berry from the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Chloe Felesina from Ballet X and the Sierra Nevada Ballet professional company. Over 50 local children will perform live on stage for this ‘must-not-miss’ holiday event. The Youth Theater Carson City Showstoppers will present classic Christmas songs before the 2 p.m. event and the Carson City Symphony’s Strings In The Schools group will perform holiday music prior to the 7 p.m. performance. The pre-show entertainment starts 45 minutes before each event. Ticket prices start at $6 for youth (15 and under); all other tickets are $11 and can be reserved by calling Gina Nelson at 775-220-4452 or emailing Tickets are also on sale on-site before each show.

School Presentations – December 5 & 16
Schools throughout Northern Nevada can reserve field trips to enjoy this special holiday event on Dec. 5  at the Carson City Community Center and on Dec. 16 at the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts. Two performances are available each day at 10 a.m. and noon.

The Story in Nutshell 

Bena was first inspired to create this special production for families by young audience members. After 25 years of performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy professionally, Bena came to discover through speaking with young fans that the Nutcracker was often children’s first introduction to ballet and often very young children found the full two hour ballet too long and difficult to follow. Bena produced her first mini version of the Nutcracker with narration in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993.  The short ballet with its growing Christmas tree and animated story telling proved to be very popular.   She continued to present this (as the Artistic Director of Perspectives Dance Theatre and The Reno Ballet) to audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area every year through December of 2000 until Rosine moved permanently to Nevada and started the professional ballet company, Sierra Nevada Ballet.  

Sponsor a Child Program

Through the generosity of many sponsors, Sierra Nevada Ballet was able to invite thousands of “at risk” children to attend performances at the Pioneer Center for free and over 3,000 to attend at the reduced rate of $5. Individuals or businesses who are interested in helping to sponsor free tickets for the Carson City or Reno performances for schools should contact Sierra Nevada Ballet.

About the Sierra Nevada Ballet

Versatile and innovative, Sierra Nevada Ballet is northern Nevada’s only professional ballet company and incorporates the popular with the experimental. Always a crowd pleaser, the Ballet offers music and different types of dance from well known classical to new age contemporary original pieces.

Sierra Nevada Ballet is supported by the City of Carson Redevelopment for the Carson City event and by the Nevada Arts Council, the E.L Cord Foundation,The National Endowment for the Arts, Carol Franc Buck Foundation, Fascinating Rhythms School of Performing Arts and Western Nevada Performing Arts Center throughout the year.

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