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Ballet Etudes Presents 5 Performances of “The Nutcracker”

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – November 10, 2014 – Bring the entire family to celebrate the beauty and pageantry of the holidays with Ballet Etudes’ annual production of the beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, Dec. 6 & 7, and Dec. 13 & 14, at Huntington Beach High School Auditorium.

Set to the timeless music of Peter Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a shy young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather. During the night, magical events unfold: the Christmas tree grows taller, toy soldiers and little mice become larger, and Clara’s nutcracker comes to life. He battles the ferocious Mouse King, and just when it seems all is lost, Clara distracts the Mouse King and saves her beloved nutcracker.

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Her act of bravery transforms the nutcracker into a handsome Prince who takes Clara on a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Sugar Plum Fairy rewards them with a celebration of dances. Clara is invited to join in the dancing and by the end, Clara’s shyness has vanished. She awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved nutcracker.

This enchanting, child-friendly, 90-minute traditional production is choreographed and directed by Ballet Etudes’ Artistic Directors Megan Pulfer and Sean Crawford, and Assistant Artistic Director Sasha Robertson. The cast includes over 100 children from Huntington Beach and surrounding cities.

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Educational pre-show presentations are held before the 2 p.m. performances, 30 minutes prior to curtain. After each performance, the cast comes out to the lobby and poses for photos with audience members.

Tickets are $15-$30 for advanced purchases made by November 21. After November 21 and at the door, tickets are Orchestra $35, Balcony $25. Group discounts are available for scouts, churches, seniors, and home-school groups.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets or more information please call (714) 902-9423 or visit BalletEtudes.com. Huntington Beach High School Auditorium is located at 1905 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

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