The Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, Inc. will present their 21st annual performance of the “Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m. in the Wicomico High School Auditorium in Salisbury, Maryland.
A beloved holiday classic, the “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 and the Nutcracker Prince go on a magical adventure through the Snow Forest, where snowflakes and icicles turn into dancing maidens, to the Land of Sweets, where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara is treated like royalty. Chocolates, candy canes, coffee, tea and gingerbread cookies all 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 artist, 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.
Guest artist, Sara Chun, currently appearing with the Oklahoma City Ballet, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ms Chun was raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she began her training at the Northwest Academy. Later, she trained at Faubourg School of Ballet for five years. She then joined the Joffrey Academy of Dance and subsequently performed and toured with the Joffrey Ballet Company.
Dancing the role of Cavalier will be guest artist, Jerry Pines, of the Oklahoma City Ballet. Jerry, a native of Princess Anne, Maryland, began his ballet training at the Salisbury Studio of Dance in Fruitland, during which time he was a member of the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre. After leaving the Eastern Shore, he trained under Jacqueline Cronsberg at the Boston Ballet School, Edward Elison at Elison Ballet, and various teachers at the Harid Conservatory. He was a principal dancer with The Atlantic City Ballet, where he performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, Eclipse, The Sleeping Beauty, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Ticket prices are $16.00 for adults, $12.00 for students and seniors, or $50.00 for a family of 4. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 443-358-2300, or purchased at Dance Wear, Etc, 1405 S. Salisbury Blvd in Salisbury, the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council in downtown Salisbury, or Bank of Delmarva locations.