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By Charles Leslie
Special to The PREVIEW
Nearly 50 Durango dancers will join the professionals of the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara to present the magical holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
The ballet will usher in the holidays with two matinee (2 p.m.) and two evening (7 p.m.) performances, Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15.
Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson holds true to the original classical ballet in this Tchaikovsky masterpiece, creating a traditional “Nutcracker” set in Victorian times and suited for all ages.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to see this timeless and beautiful ballet during the holidays,” noted Gustafson in a press release. “It’s a story everyone can follow as it’s brought to life through familiar music and timeless dance.”
The “Nutcracker” is based on the book “The Nutcracker “and “The Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman, and tells the story of a young German girl, Clara, whose godfather Drosselmeyer, a skilled clock and toy maker, presents her with a toy nutcracker during a holiday party. In Clara’s dream, the toy comes to life and escorts her on a journey to a magical land, where a cast of unusual characters entertains her through dance.
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara was founded in 1994 as a non-profit organization by Gustafson and his wife Allison and is known for its innovative choreography and unique style. Tackling at least three productions each season in Santa Barbara, the company has also toured throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Taiwan and China. Rodney Gustafson is formerly with Geneva Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
Tickets for the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara’s “Nutcracker” — $29/$39 — are available by calling 247-7657, and online at www.durangoconcerts.com. On show day, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain. All sales final.
Doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, open one hour prior to curtain.