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November 23, 2004 > Ballet Petit Presents the Nutcracker

Ballet Petit Presents the Nutcracker

by Susana Nuñez

After much anticipation, Ballet Petit's 26th annual production of the beloved Nutcracker is finally ready to hit the stage. One of the most comprehensive ballet schools in the East Bay, Ballet Petit's rendition of the Nutcracker dates back to 1979 when the company performed its first mini-version of the production. Through the years, the dancers have matured, constructing a sophisticated Nutcracker featuring a cast of over 300! This year's performance will take place at Chabot College's Theatre of Performing Arts and is sure to keep up the tradition of delighting audiences from beginning to end.

This classic tale tells the charming story of a young girl's Christmas dreams. The story begins as the young girl, Clara, and her family prepare for a festive Christmas Party. During the party, the family receives a surprise visit from their Uncle Drosselmeyer who comes bearing magical toys for Clara and her brother Fritz. The magical toys consist of a life-sized dancing puppet doll, a ballerina doll, a soldier doll, and three mysterious boxes.

After he gives Clara and Fritz their presents, Fritz is unhappy with his toy rat and grows jealous of Clara's beautiful Nutcracker doll. His jealousy pushes him to steal the doll from Clara and, with the help of the other boys at the Christmas party, breaks it in two. Uncle Drosselmeyer repairs the doll for Clara and lulls her to sleep, where her Nutcracker doll guides her into the Land of Snow to meet dancing snowflakes. Angels then take her into the Land of Sweets to entertain her with dancers and introduce her to the Queen of the Kingdom, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier and numerous other characters.

Performances will be held on Saturday, December 4th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 7 p.m. in the Chabot College Theatre of Performing Arts. Tickets are currently on sale: green forms are for the Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee, pink forms are for Saturday at 7 p.m. and yellow is for Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information, log onto or call Ballet Petit at (510) 324-4988. Make sure to reserve your tickets early because you wouldn't want to miss this wonderful production!

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