Ballet Lubbock Presents "The Nutcracker" this Holiday Season

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Megan Dickinson, formerly with Pennsylvania Ballet, will perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy; Richard Villaverde, from BalletX in Philadelphia, Penn., will perform the role of Nutcracker Prince; and John Frazer, a dancer with Ballet Idaho, will perform the role of Herr Drosselmeyer.

"For so many people worldwide, "The Nutcracker" is Christmas", said Kevin Trueblood, who co-owns the dance studio with wife Cindy. This is a great event to get into the holiday spirit with Christmas approaching!

The Orangeburg Civic Ballet will be presenting "The Nutcracker" this weekend.

"It's very professionally done, and that's the comment I've gotten from outsiders. It is a special show, which is why our performers come back every year", Svodoba said. "They either split up or they're anxious about disruption", she said.

All "Nutcracker" alumni are encouraged to go to the Saturday night performance to meet up for a reunion reception after the show.

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This year, the cast is made up of 200 dancers from Civic Dance Center, ranging in age from 5 to 63 years old. Some guests in the party scene have been involved in the production since the beginning. All the hard work that goes into a production - from rehearsals to costumes and beyond - started in August. "You don't have to leave the show", Fanney said.

Some of the dancers have honed their skills for more than a decade and had to audition for placement in this annual performance.

The kids will be accompanied by the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Carolina Ballet.

The company's commitment to accessibility is met through an extensive touring schedule, an innovative and highly effective education program including the much-lauded Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, Community Engagement programs and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations.

The Dance Prism, meanwhile, will hold a performance December 16 and 17, also at the Collins Center with Madeline Henlin, Annie Hamilton, Olivia Ventre. Trueblood said fundraising the necessary $45,000 would have been "impossible". "We don't want the audience to be wondering what is going on", Pierce said.

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