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‘The Nutcracker’ at Pike Performing Arts Center, Dec. 7-9

November 16, 2012 Leave a comment
The Nutcracker by Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Abbie Lessaris in the Can-Can from The Nutcracker. Photo credit: Eryn Blair.
Provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Kirsten Ferger
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker at Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, on Dec. 7-9, 2012.

This full-length MODERN version of the holiday classic is presented by local dance students and the dancers of G2 (the highly talented pre-professional company of GHDT).  The Nutcracker follows the same storyline as the original, but with a uniquely different twist.  This magical version portrays Klara as homeless orphan girl who discovers the true meaning of the season through a gift and the giving spirit of a homeless man.  The Nutcracker is sure to add joy and cheer to your holiday season.

Performances are scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 3 and 7 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at 3 pm

General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens.  You may purchase tickets by calling the Pike Performing Arts Center at 317-216-5455 or online at  Tickets will also be available at the door.

This is the only student production of The Nutcracker that is affiliated with a professional dance company.  The production features some of the finest young dancers from central Indiana.  The role of KLARA will be danced by Sasha Kuznetsov, a 6th grade student at Westfield Middle School.  The role of the Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by Katia Hamamouche, a senior at Westfield High School.  The Prince will be danced by professional guest artist from GHDT, Phillip Crawshaw.  This heart-warming production is great family entertainment for the holidays.

Played against a score of magical holiday music and lively ethnic music of many countries, GHDT’s The Nutcracker has the magic that only children can possess and share onstage.  It’s a holiday masterpiece that proves that family isn’t always what you are born with and blessings are sometimes waiting to be discovered.

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