2017-12-06 / Front Page

‘Nutcracker’ performance will benefit SHS Drama Club

Performing in the Nutcracker are Madailein Wolf of Springfield as Clara, Ben Haseltine of Chester as the Nutcracker, Lydia Churchill of Cavendish as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Eliza Rounds of Chester as the Snow Queen. - Courtesy PhotoPerforming in the Nutcracker are Madailein Wolf of Springfield as Clara, Ben Haseltine of Chester as the Nutcracker, Lydia Churchill of Cavendish as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Eliza Rounds of Chester as the Snow Queen. - Courtesy PhotoSPRINGFIELD — The Dance Factory will present a fully-costumed production of Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students. Both performances are at Springfield High School (SHS), and will benefit the SHS Drama Club.

The beautiful classical ballet will feature young dancers from all over southern Vermont and New Hampshire. “The Nutcracker” tells the story of young Clara Staulbaum and the magical Nutcracker she is given from her Uncle Drosselmeyer. The Dance Factory’s production features dancing dolls, a fierce Mouse King, a glorious scene of dancing snowflakes led by the Snow Queen, and a visit to the Kingdom of Sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy, and featuring dances from around the world.

Students dance all the roles in The Dance Factory’s production of “The Nutcracker,” including the principal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen. Many dancers begin in Mother Goose and continue performing in various roles throughout their childhood.

This will be the 25th year The Dance Factory has presented “The Nutcracker.” Originally choreographed by Susan Hagan, this year’s production will be directed by Ashley Hensel-Browning and will feature new and old choreography from productions past.

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