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Alderwood Dance Spectrum presents: A Storybook Nutcracker

 

Last updated 12/4/2019 at 9:17pm

Photo courtesy of Alderwood Dance Spectrum

Eighth grader Kristina Balayants is dancing the lead role of Clara this year in Alderwood Dance Spectrum's annual production.

Eighth grader Kristina Balayants has been dancing in A Storybook Nutcracker since she was a little pig-tailed bon bon hiding under Mother Ginger's skirt seven years ago.

The Brier Terrace Middle School student is dancing the lead role of Clara this year in Alderwood Dance Spectrum's annual production. Balayants said she has enjoyed the challenge. 

"There are more lifts. I'm learning different techniques," she said.

A Storybook Nutcracker is a shorter version of the Nutcracker. It uses brief narration to bring the Nutcracker story to life for younger audiences, according to a news release. 

There are three public performances of the show: Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Snohomish PUD Auditorium in Everett, 2320 California Ave.

With more than 50 dancers, this production is fully staged with falling snow, colorful scenery, and fan-favorite songs and dances.

The cast includes Aidan Stanciu playing Fritz, Alexis Ballard as the Sugar Plum Fairy, David Aldridge as the Nutcracker Prince, Michael Creeden as Herr Drosselmeier, and Chuck Dungan as the Mouse King.

Audience members are greeted as guests and invited to the Stahlbaum family Christmas party. Following the performance, guests can meet the cast in character for photos.

Tickets are $20 and can be ordered online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4415368. For more information, call Alderwood Dance Spectrum in Lynnwood at 425-771-2994.

 

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