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The Nutcracker

The Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, Inc. will present their 22nd annual performance of the “Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 9th 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, Andrea Olazagsti, who is currently performing with the First State Ballet Theatre, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ms Olazagsti received her training at Delaware Dance Company, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Louisville Ballet. After dancing with Louisville Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence in Rhode Island, she joined First State Ballet, where she has performed various pas de deuxs as well as dancing in leading soloist roles including “Cupid” and “Myrta”.

Dancing the role of Cavalier will be guest artist, Leonid Goykhman, of the First State Ballet Theatre. Leonid is originally from Chisinau, Moldova. He began his ballet training in Philadelphia, PA studying under Mikhail Korogodsky, and completed his training at the Academy of International Ballet in Media, PA under Denis Gronostaiysky and Anastasia Babayeva. He went on to receive a full scholarship at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he obtained a B.A. in Dance Education and was awarded an “Outstanding Student Teacher” diploma. Leonid has performed as a guest artist with several ballet companies including the City Ballet of San Diego in California, and Configuration Dance Theater in Buffalo, NY. Currently, Leonid is a Principal Dancer with the First State Ballet Theater in Wilmington, DE. He is also a ballet instructor at the First State Ballet Theater School, the Academy of International Ballet, and Broadway Bound Dance Academy in Media PA.

Ticket prices are $15.00 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, in the Court Plaza, 1506 S. Salisbury Blvd in Salisbury, the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council office, 104A Poplar Hill Ave in downtown Salisbury, or Bank of Delmarva locations.

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