From the Contra Costa Times.
AROUND SAN RAMON: MONICA LANDER
Young dancers ready to take stage in 'Nutcracker'
Contra Costa Times
Article Launched: 12/05/2007 03:02:08 AM PST
THE LIGHTS DIM, THE MUSIC begins and the curtain slowly opens. The 2007 production of "Impressions of The Nutcracker," presented by students and faculty of the San Ramon Valley Dance Academy is one of the best gifts local residents receive each holiday season.
For cast members, opening night this Friday at the Village Theater in Danville is finally here after hours and hours of preparation all orchestrated by Directors Ed and Gayle Farley of San Ramon. Rehearsals, costume fittings and new choreography began way back in the August heat when auditions for the coveted parts were held.
A generation of dancers has grown up on the Nutcracker stage, and I've been fortunate enough to watch them mature and grow from debuting as mice as 4- and 5-year-olds to filling the stage with their ballerina beauty as Snow Queen, Sugar Plum or Flowers.