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Author:  2 left feet [ Sat Dec 07, 2002 3:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Inland Pacific Ballet/Growing up with "Nutcracker&q

Growing up with 'Nutcracker'
December classic a big part of dancers' careers

From the Los Angeles Daily News

By Rick Mortensen
Staff Writer

For ballet dancers of all ages, December means "The Nutcracker.' Many dancers play bon-bons and mice in their single-digit years, corp dancers in their teens, and spend their professional careers as soloists in various dances, perhaps even doing a turn as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Jennifer Friel, a 25-year-old newcomer to Inland Pacific Ballet, has done more than a dozen productions of "The Nutcracker' at houses in her native Boise, Idaho, New Jersey, Eugene, Ore., and San Francisco. She plays the Chinese Soloist in IPB's production of "The Nutcracker' starting tonight, and she said she still gets excited about the work.

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Author:  2 left feet [ Sat Dec 14, 2002 7:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Inland Pacific Ballet/Growing up with "Nutcracker&q

A review of Inland Pacific's "Nutcracker" from the Los Angeles Daily News:

Nutcracker': Some great additions, some not so great
By Rick Mortensen

Staff Writer

A seasonal staple at ballet companies the world over, "The Nutcracker' is meant to capture the wonder of Christmas from a child's point of view. The ballet centers around Clara, a little girl who receives a magical Nutcracker for Christmas, helps him defeat a brigade of mice and goes with him on a journey to a magical land where snowflakes, sweets and people from various countries dance for her delight.

While Tchaikovsky's music stays the same, every ballet company has its own version of the choreography. Inland Pacific Ballet's production from year to year, and this year's production features several changes.

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