Encinitas group has Christmas spring in step

December 12, 2013 by  

Encinitas Ballet will perform the classic holiday treat of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center later this month.

The dance troupe is celebrating its sixth anniversary of this performance, which is suitable for audiences of all ages. The story tells of Clara and her adventures in the fantasy world of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where the nutcracker changes into a prince, giant mice fight battles, with toy soldiers, and snowflakes dance. The music by Tchaikovsky is familiar to everyone.

This production features professional dancers from the Voronezh Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, both in Russia. They are coming to Encinitas directly from Russia to take part in the production. The role of the Sugar Plum Fairy will be taken by Elizaveta Shedrina, while her prince will be portrayed by Dmitrie Antipov, who is the principal dancer of the Voronezh. This production is choreographed and directed by Sayat Asatryan and Olga Tchekaehhova, who are the artistic directors of the Encinitas Ballet Academy, as well as being teachers.

In addition to the Russian dancers, the show is to be a special one for two young women from Encinitas, Kendall Morris and Cathlin Marsh, who will alternate in the role of Clara.

The Nutcracker will be performed twice on Saturday, December 21, once at 2:00 pm and again at 6:00 pm in Carlsbad, at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center on Monroe Street. Details and tickets are available at the Encinitas Ballet website.

The ballet group could work with a poster printing company to create display posters to put in windows throughout the city.