San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Tutus and point shoes twirl and swirl as dancers of The Bay Shore Ballet Theatre grace the stage once again,
bringing theholiday season to life performing the world’s most beloved ballet, “The Nutcracker”.
Performances will be presented at the Fairhope Civic Center, 161 N. Section St., on Saturday,
Janet Carole, artistic director and former professional principal dancer with
leading U.S. ballet companies, has restaged this legendary classic formore than 70 dancers and
performers from all of the east bay communities. The production is danced to the brilliant score of
Peter Tchaikovsky in two full acts and features the professional set design of the late
William Lloyd. Written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, the story of “The Nutcracker” evokes
the nostalgia of a Victorian Christmas and tells the story of a little girl named Clara.
The ballet is set in a European village long ago as Clara’s family is preparing for a Christmas party.
Clara’s mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives with his nephew and
brings gifts forall the children, along with wonderful life sized mechanical dolls to entertain the guests.
For Clara, he brings the very special gift of a Nutcracker.
As midnight approaches Clara tiptoes downstairs to find her Nutcracker, and as she falls
asleep by the firelight, she begins to have a strange dream. In Clara’s dream, she sees
her belovedNutcracker come to life to battle a straggly army of rats and the menacing King of the Rats.
The brave toy soldierscome to life to battle the Rats, but the Nutcracker is only saved when Clara throws
her shoe at the Rat King, killing him. Then, the Nutcracker is magically transformed into a handsome prince
and along with her UncleDrosselmeyer,they are swept away on a fantastic journey to themajestic
Kingdom of Snow. As snowflakes swirl around them in abeautiful waltz, the Nutcracker Prince dances for
Clara in an elegant pas de deux, partnering with the Queen of theSnow. As the story continues,
Clara and Uncle Drosselmeyer travel on to the Kingdom of Sweets to meet thebeautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.
She summons her court to bring flowers and sweets to Clara as they perform dancesfrom all around the world. As the ballet
closes, Clara remembers her beautiful dream as she safely
cradles hernutcracker in her arms.
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Bay Shore Ballet Theater
Since its inception in 1997, the Bay Shore Ballet Theatre has showcased guest artists and principals of the Company along with aspiring students of the Academy. The Theatre has presented an array of full-length, beloved classics including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, La Boutique Fantasque, Peter and The Wolf, Paquita and its well-received annual production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. The Academy is known for developing technical excellence in young aspiring dancers and encouraging enthusiasm and self-esteem in its students.
Janet Carole, director and former principal ballerina with major U.S. and Canadian professional companies, stages the grand scale productions with more than 60 dancers and performers from many southwest Alabama communities, including Gulf Shores, Foley, Robertsdale, Silverhill, Bay Minette, Daphne, Fairhope and Mobile.