Valley youth in "The Nutcracker" |

Valley youth in "The Nutcracker"

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There will be much excitement in Carson City as the Brewery Arts Center presents the 10th anniversary production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” in association with the Pinkerton Dance Company. This traditional Christmas favorite will be performed at the Carson City Community Center on Thanksgiving weekend for three performances, Friday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m.

Included in the cast are Carson Valley dancers Alana Berning, Brea Cook, Jessica Cook, Christianne Davis, Staci Flatness, Nicole Plummer, Kastiana Rasmussen, Alex Ristorcelli, Anne Ristorcelli, Lauren Ristorcelli, Beth Shrum, Tara Smaltz, Natalie Walker, Nicole Walker and Lisa Young.

Tristi Ann McMaster, a native of Carson City and principal dancer with the Richmond Ballet Company in Virginia, will reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy. She has had a distinguished professional dance career as a soloist with the Milwaukee Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet and the Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C. She has also performed with the Washington Opera.

Norvell Robinson Jr. will be making his third appearance as the Cavalier with Pinkerton’s production of “The Nutcracker Ballet.” He was born and raised in Richmond, Va., and is a principal dancer with the Richmond Ballet. He recently performed in “A Chorus Line” in Italy.

Ruben Hagopian, a professional Russian folkloric character dancer form Los Angeles, will be joining the cast this year. Born in Boston, Mass., to Armenian parents, he was raised in America, where he studied extensively and developed his great interest in character dance.

The role of Clara will be danced by Molly Fronapfel and Becca Kitchen, and the Nutcracker/ Prince role will be performed by Orion Ashmore and Kiel Costella, who are all members of the Pinkerton Dance Academy.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for BAC members and students, $10 for seniors and children under 12, and $60 for a special family package for two adults and up to five children under 12 years of age.

All seating is reserved and tickets are available at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 West King St., Carson City. Tickets may be reserved by phone with a credit card. Pending availability, tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before the performance. Call 883-1976 for tickets or more information.

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