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Popular ballet returns

December 05, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

It's doubtful Clara is the only one who's dreamt about a toy coming alive, but her dream is probably the most well known.

Clara is, of course, the little girl who is given a Nutcracker for Christmas and dreams the toy comes to life, becoming a handsome prince.

In the Hagerstown Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker," Clara is a teenager portrayed by Rachel Doub of Williamsport, says Carolou Russell, the ballet company's artistic director and choreographer.

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"The Nutcracker" is popular because it's a ballet for everyone in the family, Russell says.

"It's been a Christmas tradition. There's something in it for everybody. It has a lot of action," she says.

The ballet is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman. The music was composed by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky.

The Hagerstown Ballet Company is just one of the Tri-State-area groups performing the popular holiday ballet this month. Here are other "Nutcracker" performances:

Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company presents "The Nutcracker," featuring special guest performers Michael Doerner and Patricia Perez from the San Jose Ballet dancing with local children and adults. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium, 300 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, Pa. $15, adults; $12, seniors; $10, students; $5 for ages 5 and younger. Call Joan Barra at 1-717-267-2012 for tickets or buy tickets at the door.

Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company presents a fundraiser, "A Nutcracker High Tea," featuring local children and adult performers. "A Nutcracker Sweets" suite will be performed in between courses. The menu includes an assortment of scones, salad with raspberry vinaigrette, soup Florentine, stuffed rolled beef, roasted potatoes and glazed carrots, an assortment of desserts and various hot and cold teas. Catered by A Matter of Taste. Music by Antietam String Trio with violinist Debra Stotelmyer. Silent auction. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The Wood Center at the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. $75, couples; $40, singles; $25, ages 12 and younger; $350, table of 10. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit ballet theater company. Call Joan Barra at 1-717-267-2012 for tickets.

Hagerstown Ballet Company performs "The Nutcracker." Features approximately 70 children from the Tri-State area and Ken Mosher, former Hedgesville, W.Va., mayor, as Clara's godfather Drosselmeyer. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16, and Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17; and 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 11 and 18. Antietam Ballet Theatre, 104 S. Mechanic St., Sharpsburg. $15 per person. To purchase tickets, call 301-582-2222 or buy tickets at the door. Reservations are recommended.

Maryland Regional Ballet presents "The Nutcracker," featuring guest stars from New York City Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet as well as students from Frederick (Md.) School of Classical Ballet. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. Tickets range from $10 to $22. To purchase tickets, go to www.weinbergcenter.org or call 1-301-228-2828

Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company presents "The Nutcracker." Features principal dancers Justin Leaf and Penelope Freeh from the James Sewell Ballet performing with local dancers. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tickets range from $22 to $28. To purchase tickets, go to www.mdtheatre.org or call The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Moscow Ballet performs its "Great Russian Nutcracker." 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tickets range from $29 to $47. To purchase tickets, go to www.mdtheatre.org or call The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company's planned "The Nutcracker Suite" for Saturday, Dec. 17, at Wilson College has been canceled.

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