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The Nutcracker

The Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, Inc. will present their 20th annual performance of the “Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the Wicomico High School Auditorium in Salisbury, Maryland.

A beloved holiday classic, “Nutcracker” has become a Christmas tradition for adults and children of all ages, and is performed thousands of times all over the world every year.  The story follows the adventures of Clara, a young girl who is given a Nutcracker on Christmas Eve, as a special gift from her mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, a skilled toy maker who is always full of surprises.  Her envious brother, Fritz, grabs the Nutcracker and promptly breaks it.  Clara, heartbroken, watches as Herr Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker with a scarf he magically pulls out of the air.  After falling asleep on Christmas Eve, Clara is awakened by a now-human Nutcracker.  Along with the Toy Soldiers, they do battle with the terrible Mouse King and his Mouse Army.  Then Clara goes on a magical adventure through the Land of Snow to the Land of Sweets, where chocolates, candy canes, and gingerbread cookies dance in her honor.  Set to the gorgeous music of Tchaikovsky, this ballet never fails to delight everyone who sees it.

Alexander Bojko returns as a special guest, dancing the role of the Snow Prince.  Mr. Bojko graduated from the Kiev Ballet Academy in the Ukraine, danced with the Dnepropetrovsk Theater and the Donetsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet and was principal dancer with the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware.  He has appeared in many other Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre productions, including Swan Lake, Scheherazade and Polovtsian Dances.

Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 443-523-2930, or purchased at PNC Bank and Bank of Delmarva locations, the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council in downtown Salisbury, and Dance Wear, Etc, 1405 S. Salisbury Blvd in Salisbury.

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