nuts for nutcracker

by Colin Featherly –

Yet another performance of The Nutcracker? It’s the Christmas performance all parents want their children to see again and again.  Rightfully so Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 and ballet companies have made this piece a Christmas tradition for dances as well as audiences around the world. Well, New Grace’s fondness for this piece is no exception. However, as we are want to do, it seems that we have a novel approach to this work of art.

The Calliope Academy of Dance will be performing The Nutcracker later this month although not quite what one would expect. Instead of a glamorous gathering around a towering tree adorned with ornaments, and presents beneath with guests in their finery out dances have moved the setting to the bayou with a Cajun theme. It is colorful, lively and absolutely magical. There are songs and dialogue that will tickle your funny bone and audiences will find this original presentation as enchanting as it is entertaining.  So, brush up on your Creole to truly enjoy this funny, colorful and engaging performance.  All levels and disciplines of dance are included in the performance. The seven and eight-year-olds are adorable, but they would prefer for us to notice only their technique.

Performances will be held at the Holloway Center for the Arts. Evening performances of December 22nd and 23rd are at 7:30 and matinees 26th-28th at 2:00. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and children over 12, $10.00 for 55+ and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Holloway will provide tickets for parents of the dancers and cater the cast party. All proceeds will go to the Academy. Tickets are available at the Holloway Center for the Arts ticket office and at HollowayCenter .com