What an early and absurd scene this past Sunday to wake up to falling snow in the middle of October. Ironically, the snow fell the week after Ballet Co. Laboratory began Nutcracker rehearsals. The early snow actually heightened my excitement for the premier of Nutcracker in Wonderland. We loved the idea of Nutcracker in Wonderland when Zoe shared it with us, but hearing the audience’s enthusiastic gasps during the On Our Terms season announcement furthered our anticipation for the production.
Nutcracker, the classic ballet will be expanded upon to incorporate themes and characters from Alice in Wonderland creating an original twist on the story. Tchaikovsky’s music score and the main character, Clara will remain the same although the story will be set during a modern time and in a later point in Clara’s life. The audience will enjoy a few additions and twists to the plot involving Clara’s dear friend, Patty and the Mad Hatter as they are led through a snow scene, a tea party, and the flower fields of Wonderland. These rehearsals have been so exciting for us all as we continue to learn more choreography and delve further into the evolving characters and the unfolding story.
We are happy to announce that we now have confirmed the location and dates for the premier of Nutcracker in Wonderland. The show will be performed on December 14th, 15th, and 16th at the Huss Center for the Performing Arts at St. Paul Academy. The theatre is a state of the art performance facility located at 1712 Randolph Avenue in St. Paul. Ticket information will be available soon. Make sure to follow our other social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated. We look forward to dancing for you again in December!