A year ago when the sensory-friendly show was first put on, there were 40 families in attendance.
"Hammond Ballet's "Nutcracker" is an opportunity to see a classic Christmas story portrayed in a unique way", said Treasurer and Board Member of the Hammond Ballet Linda Ross.
"They make a commitment to be in the ballet company for the whole year", Howard said. "The ballet is a classic art form well worth being part of an education and appreciation of the arts".
TICKETS (or ADMISSION or COST): $20-$48 online or at the Koger Center box office (803-251-2222).
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
"You dream and let your imagination run wild", says Dustin Layton, who danced the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy's Cavalier a year ago, of the up-close-and-personal view. "There's a lot of fun in it".
Mostly local dancers will be taking part in this production as many of them are dancers from the Columbus State University Dance Conservatory, which is the official school for the Columbus Ballet. "The Nutcracker" starts with a party scene and the gift of a nutcracker. She said she is ready to shine as the ballet takes to the stage this weekend.
"They have to be able to tell a story through acting and have the audience be able to understand what is happening".
The Hammond Ballet Company held an open audition for this performance in September and selected dancers from three parishes. The full Joffrey company is also joined onstage by over 90 young dancers from the Chicagoland area and young vocalists from four different local children's choirs.
Cascadia Weekly: What's exciting about this year's production? . "Rehearsals begin, and costume fittings, which often require alterations, cleaning or new costumes, are scheduled".
The Nutcracker features design by an award-winning creative team, including Tony Award®-nominated set and costume designer Julian Crouch ( Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shockheaded Peter ), Caldecott Medal Award-winning author and illustrator Brian Selznick ( author of the New York Times bestseller Wonderstruck, adapted into the film of the same name starring Julianne Moore, which just received its critically acclaimed US release ), Obie and Drama Desk award-winning puppeteer and MacArthur Fellowship recipientBasil Twist ( The Addams Family ), six-time Tony Award®-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz ( An American in Paris, Frozen ) and Tony Award®-winning projection designerBen Pearcy ( An American in Paris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch ). "We have added a walnut boat and large swan, dubbed "the big duck" by a former Clara". Last year, she was a snow princess. "The directors keep the performance fresh by changing something each year, whether a new role, prop or a change in choreography".
Ross explained what she feels are the entrancing aspects of ballet. "As I got older and got more comfortable, there was an excitement of getting to perform".
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