- San Clemente Dance & Performing Arts Center presents The Nutcracker Suite
- When: Saturday, December 20, at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Truax Theater at El Camino High School
- Seating: reserved
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $12 for two tickets (up to $26.82 value)
- $22 for four tickets (up to $53.64 value)
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate.
Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
San Clemente Dance & Performing Arts Center
Dancer Judy Corfman Kelly achieved her dream in 1995 when she founded an all-ages performance school where students could receive personal attention as they learned from some of the best dancers in the business. Today, her dream—and her spirit—lives on under the direction of David Kelly, a 25-year TV veteran whose performance experience includes production work for Cher, Barbara Streisand, and Diana Ross. He and his instructors work within a state-of-the-art facility featuring three air-conditioned, spring-floored dance studios, a study lounge for students balancing dance school with high school and dictionary-memorization school, and a dancewear store stocked with shoes. Classes range from tap to hip-hop to ballet, and all students are invited to try out for such annual productions as The Nutcracker.