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Santa Clarita Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” 2013


Posted: February 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Ballet Company’s delightful performance of the well-known seasonal ballet, “The Nutcracker,” brought the holiday spirit to the families of Santa Clarita Valley for the nineteenth year in a row.

The ballet is a combination of charming performances by students of the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy—who are as young as three years old and dressed as baby mice, colorful gum drop candies, toy soldiers, and more—and the elegant beauty of classical ballet performances by the more seasoned dancers of the SCBC.

Thirteen year old guest dancer Bret Coppa of the Dance Peninsula Ballet Company played the role of the Nutcracker Prince alongside Santa Clarita Ballet Company’s Lauren Vergara, who played the lead role of Marie Stahlbaum.

The ballet tells the story of Marie, a young girl who is enchanted by a Nutcracker doll given to her as a gift on Christmas Eve. When she falls asleep that night, she dreams of a magical world where her doll has transformed into a handsome prince who must defeat the terrible Rat King, and they embark upon a journey together that takes them through the Kingdom of Snow and the palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets.

One of the most captivating performances of the production is that of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, played by SCBC’s Celine Kiner and guest dancer Raydel Caceres of the Blankenship Ballet Company of Venice, CA.

Meant to be “the most beautiful dance of all,” according to the synopsis given by SCBC, the performance stood out as the most advanced, elaborately choreographed dance of the night. If it was a challenge for the talented Kiner and Caceres, they certainly didn’t show it, instead demonstrating an effortless grace and beauty as they moved.

While the “The Nutcracker” played for one weekend only on Dec. 21 and 22 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, located at College of the Canyons, the ballet received rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

First time viewer and Santa Clarita resident Liz Tsuji called it “a must see for the holiday season.”

Under the leadership of Carol Guidry, SCBC’s Artistic Director, as well as Corinne Glover, who is Producer, Director, and Founder of SCBC, the SCBC’s production of “The Nutcracker” proved to be another whirlwind success this year and will continue to be a holiday tradition for the community in years to come.


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