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Young ballerinas to dance in Hendricks County’s first production of “The Nutcracker”

Young ballerinas to dance in Hendricks County first production of “The Nutcracker”

By Lindsay Doty

Wearing enchanting costumes and Pointe shoes, young ballerinas ages 3 to 18 will dance to the first production of “The Nutcracker” ever staged in Hendricks County.

The Nutcracker, preview of Trepak at The Royal Theater. Trepak or Russian Dance represents candy canes. L-R Dancers: Lily South, 14 yrs., Adah Mercer, 15 yrs., and Addison Thomas, 14 yrs. (Photo by Faith Toole)

The dancers are from the Children’s Ballet, Hendricks County’s nonprofit dance school located in Danville.

They’ll dance Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in three performances on December 20-22 at Danville Community High School. The ballet is the work of students, teachers and volunteers from the Children’s Ballet.

“So many of us attend performances of ‘The Nutcracker’ every year in Indianapolis. That’s why we are so excited at The Children’s Ballet to bring Marie, the Sugar Plum Fairy, all the colorful characters from The Land of Sweets, and, of course, the Nutcracker himself to our local stage,” said Anne Johansson, executive director of The Children’s Ballet.

Actors from the Hendricks Civic Theatre, professional ballerinas from the Indianapolis area will join the dancers, along with a special guest performance by Bill Franklin of Court House Grounds as Godfather Drosselmeyer.

The Children’s Ballet is celebrating is its 32ndseason. The classic ballet school serves more than 150 local students of all ages.

The shows will be Friday, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for 13 and up and $7 for children 4-11 and lap kids 3 and under are free. Tickets are available at https://www.thechildrensballet.com/

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