Award-winning dancers of the Colorado Ballet Society and the Colorado Youth Ballet will perform fourteen in-person shows of The Nutcracker, November 24 thru December 19 with evening performances and Saturday matinees at the Colorado Springs Christian School, 4855 Mallow Road in Colorado Springs. 50 cast members will bring this classic tale to life with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score.
Colorado Ballet Society and the Colorado Youth Ballet, have prepared a reworked version of their production to wow audiences this holiday season!
“For dancers and the performing arts, as a whole, 2020 has been full of uncertainty,” explains Ballet Society and Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “In addition to canceling various performances and full-length classical ballets this past season, many dance companies, schools, and studios are now calling off the beloved holiday tradition of The Nutcracker. Colorado Ballet Society and the Youth company still want families to be able to experience all the magic of The Nutcracker this year; and we are excited to present this ballet to the Pikes Peak Region.”
“It has been such a gift to be able to work on a production that brings so much joy to people’s lives in such a strange year as 2020 and give them that sense of normalcy and excitement,” shares Laci Landry, Colorado Ballet Society instructor and choreographer. “Performing arts events this year are rare and I’m so excited that we have the opportunity to still present this production to the community in a safe way.”
“Colorado Ballet Society is always consistent in providing beautiful productions for the community to enjoy and it is a great privilege to be a part of it,” reveals Gabriella Vidano, Colorado Dance Theatre’s 2017 Esther Geoffrey Scholarship recipient, who will be performing as Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Arabian Coffee. “Ms. Patty continuously adds creative twists and unique roles to make the Nutcracker special and memorable.”
“It is a blessing to dance in this production this year!” exclaims Alea YunCai Brown, CSDT’s 2019 Esther Geoffrey Jazz Scholarship recipient, who will be performing as Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Arabian Coffee. “Many students and professionals are not able to perform this year; I am so grateful that Ms. Patty has designed a Nutcracker for the Colorado Youth Ballet that allows us to continue the magic of the Nutcracker season.”
This year, Colorado Ballet Society has created a way to accommodate health and safety guidelines while maintaining their high-quality of dance.
“The story is still the classic Nutcracker with all the beloved characters and there is even the addition of a few new roles which include some of my personal favorites, Columbine and Harlequin, life-sized dolls Drosselmeyer brings to life during the party scene,” explains Landry. “The production looks quite different this year with a smaller venue, cast, and audience capacity. Much of the choreography is brand new this year or adapted to fit the venue with smaller cast sizes, which has given us a wonderful opportunity to really highlight the