The Sierra Nevada Ballet will present, "Peanutcracker - The Story in Nut Shell" Dec. 1 in Carson City.
Based on the Peter Tchaikovsky's original ballet "The Nutcracker," Peanutcracker is a shorter, 45-minute narrated version that is, "designed for families with younger children to introduce them to the wonderful world of ballet," said Rosine Bena, artistic director of the Genoa-based ballet company, who also wrote and choreographed the show.
Bena said she was first inspired to create this production for families by young audience members. After 25 years of performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy professionally, Bena came to discover through speaking with young fans that the Nutcracker was often children's first introduction to ballet, and often very young children found the full two-hour ballet too long and difficult to follow. Bena produced her first mini-version of the Nutcracker with narration in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993.--
This year's performances will feature the ballet's professional dancers, apprentices, and trainees, in addition to dance students from Western Nevada Performing Arts Center in Carson City, and Fascinating Rhythms School of Performing Arts and Ballet Nevada in Reno.
"Peanutcracker - The Story in Nut Shell" will open its public performance at the Carson City Community Center on Dec. 1. Shows are scheduled at 2 and 7 p.m. Preshow entertainment starts 45 minutes before each event with the Tintabulations Hand Bells starting at 1:15 p.m., and the Carson City Strings in the Schools performing at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are $11, and $6 for ages 15 and under. Tickets are available before each show or by calling Gina Nelson at 220-4452.
A second showing is Dec. 11 at the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts in Reno.
Individuals or businesses who are interested in helping to sponsor free tickets for the Carson City or Reno performances for schools should contact Sierra Nevada Ballet.-