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 Post subject: San Francisco Bay Area 2003-04 Holiday Season
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2003 8:32 am 
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Lots of Nuts...

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES

How would you like your "Nutcracker" this year? There are all kinds in the Bay Area this season, from lush traditional productions to hour-long condensations, dance-along versions and a return engagement of Mark Morris' zany "The Hard Nut." <a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/entertainment/7332047.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Bay Area 2003-04 Holiday Season
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2003 8:33 am 
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A comprehensive listing

<a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/entertainment/7331655.htm target=_blank>Sunday A&E Holiday Calendar</a>
Contra Costa Times

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 Post subject: Re: San Francisco Bay Area 2003-04 Holiday Season
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2003 8:35 am 
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A related article:

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES

If you took the trouble to count, you'd probably find the Bay Area has as many warm, fuzzy Hallmark-style holiday moments as anyplace else in the country. <a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/entertainment/7331653.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:27 am 
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From the SJ Mercury News.

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Oakland's cash-strapped ballet to use taped music for `Nutcracker'
By Anita Amirrezvani
Mercury News

As a further indication of the budget woes affecting many dance companies in the Bay Area, the Oakland Ballet announced Monday that it will perform its ``Nutcracker'' to taped music this year instead of using the Oakland East Bay Symphony as scheduled.

Earlier this year, the ballet postponed its repertory performances for October and performed them on a single night in November to cut costs.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 12:12 pm 
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I'm getting way too cynical to make any comments about this article's content. From the Contra Costa Times.

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AROUND SAN RAMON: MONICA LANDER
Young San Ramon dancers get in the Nutcracker spirit

"IMPRESSIONS OF THE NUTCRACKER," the annual production of the San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, is "a gift to the community," says director Joallyn Bohn.

This year's event, opening at the Village Theatre in Danville on Friday, Dec. 12, is again the perfect gift, complete with wonderful surprises all wrapped up with sparkling ribbons.

"It's bringing the Christmas spirit out on the stage," says Bohn.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 10:03 am 
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A list in the paper:

<a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/30/PKGIV3AF8D1.DTL target=_blank>Holiday 2003 Theater</a>
SF Chronicle

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 10:09 am 
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VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS
Volunteers, kids are bedrock of Marin Ballet's unpredictable 'Nutcracker'


Ann Murphy
SF Chronicle

While the Snow Queen and her Cavalier were eagerly waiting to take their final bows of the 2002 season, backstage volunteers were already at work on the next year's production of Marin Ballet's "Nutcracker.'' <a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/30/PKG2D3AEPH1.DTL target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 10:26 am 
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Another list:

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Nutcracker, et al "Nutcracker" and its ...

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"Nutcracker" and its infinite variations hit stages in Walnut Creek and Moraga this season, with the Lamorinda Ballet Center's "Casse Noisette" -- a Nutcracker with Parisian savoir faire -- opens this weekend. <a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/contra_costa_county/cities_neighborhoods/walnut_creek/7362625.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 10:34 am 
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Yet another list:

<a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/events/7350294.htm target=_blank>Dance, theater and comedy</a>
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From the Oakland Tribune.

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This season, dancers get to the Nut of the matter
By Elizabeth Jardina, STAFF WRITER

CHRISTMAS isn't Christmas without "The Nutcracker."

Along with candy canes and evergreen boughs, red velvet ribbons and shiny wrapped packages, the music of Tchaikovsky's ballet is an integral part of the holiday season.

This is the time of year to get lost in the story of a little girl named Clara who gets a gift of a magical Nutcracker doll that whisks her off into a fantasy land of sugar plums and dancing snowflakes.
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Non-Nutcracker fare.

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Ballets' non-'Nutcracker' holiday hits
By Anita Amirrezvani
Mercury News

The ``Nutcracker'' isn't the only cash cow for dance companies. Two dance groups in San Francisco have developed alternative holiday shows that help keep them going for the rest of the season.

Take ODC/San Francisco's ``The Velveteen Rabbit,'' the story of a little boy and his love for a stuffed animal. ``It's our cash rodent,'' says Lori Laqua, ODC's general manager.
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From the Mercury News.

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YOUTH MOVEMENT
YOUNG STUDENT DANCERS STAR IN TWO SAN JOSE `NUTCRACKER' PRODUCTIONS
By Anita Amirrezvani
Mercury News

At 13, dancer Brittany Steacy already is a five-year veteran of the San Jose Dance Theatre's ``Nutcracker.'' And this weekend, she moves up to the lead role of Clara, which she will share with Katie Laufman.

``I'm really excited,'' said Brittany, who lives in San Jose. ``I've always wanted to be Clara, ever since I first tried out for the party scene.''
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From the Contra Costa Times. Must be fun for them to all be performing together.

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Piedmont family performs in 'Nutcracker' ballet at Zellerbach
By Cindee de la Vara
STAFF WRITER

Performing in the "Nutcracker" ballet is an annual holiday tradition for several Piedmont dance students. For the Phillipses, it is a family affair.

Carol Phillips and her two daughters, Piedmont Middle School seventh-grader Beatrice and Havens third-grader Meredith, are dancing in Berkeley City Ballet's 30th annual production of "The Nutcracker," Dec. 5-7 at the Zellerbach Playhouse in Berkeley.

"I wear a big skirt and have eight little girls, called Gingersnaps, dancing beneath it," said Carol Phillips, who plays Mother Ginger in the fantasy story where toys come to life kingdoms are built in the clouds. "One of the Gingersnaps is my daughter Meredith."
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A review of the Dance it YOurself Nutcracker in the SF chronicle. I've got to get myself to this some year. It just sounds hilarious.

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Glitter, giddiness prevail at S.F.'s DIY 'Nutcracker'

C.W. Nevius, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tutus twirled in tick-tock time. Magic wands swirled to a metronome beat. Lights sparkled and flashed in the tiers of tiaras. Fairy dust fluttered in updrafts of frivolity.

And those were just the grownups.

Everyone says the annual "Dance Along Nutcracker'' is an "only in San Francisco'' kind of experience. To which we reply, what a shame for everyone else. There is nothing more effortlessly cheerful, more nondenominationally festive and representative of general goodwill than the "Dance Along.'' This is the 18th year, and frankly, although the dancing has not improved much, spirits remain high.
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A small Nutcracker. From the Contra Costa Times.

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'Nutcracker' performance pleases crowd with energy
By Judith Prieve
STAFF WRITER

PITTSBURG - Theatre Ballet of San Francisco and the Academy of Arts and Ballet ushered in the holiday season here Saturday with a colorful, energetic rendition of "The Nutcracker."

Now in its 33rd year of touring, the professional Bay Area ballet troupe, an offshoot of the Pacific Dance Theater, and the Antioch-based youth company presented a spirited performance to a nearly sold-out house at Pittsburg's 2,000-seat Creative Arts Building. Though many of the dancers were youths, the principals came courtesy of the Russian Festival Ballet, and the talented Clarizcel Perez of Antioch reprised her role as the Snow Queen, as well as dancing in the Arabian coffee and mint scenes.

The program began with narrator John Buffo reading a prelude written by Pittsburg historian Marti Aiello. The prelude set up the story of "The Nutcracker" while offering a history of Pittsburg, which celebrates its 100th year this year.
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