Dancers to perform for holidays in Parkersburg, Marietta

Photo Provided The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Co. will present its annual production of “The Nutcracker.” The Nutcracker Prince will be Owen Tidd while the Mouse Queen will be alternated by ballet members Edie Tidd and Daisy Lawrence.

PARKERSBURG — A number of holiday dance performances will be featured during December in Parkersburg and Marietta.

* The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will present “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at the Blennerhassett School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under age 18. Tickets are available from 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the MOVB, 1311 Ann St., Parkersburg, and by calling 304-422-5538.

The MOVB has toured extensively throughout a four-state area since 1981 presenting “The Nutcracker” to audiences of over 500,000, including thousands of public school children in West Virginia and Ohio.

The classic full-length version of the ballet was first presented in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892. Original music composed exclusively for the ballet was written by P.I. Tchaikovsky and original choreography was set by M. Petipa and L. Ivanov.

Based on the book by E.T.A. Hoffman, the ballet follows the dreams of a little girl named Clara. At the family Christmas party, her godfather Drosselmeyer presents her with a mysterious gift of a Nutcracker and her jealous little brother Fritz soon breaks it. As the guests depart, Clara comes quietly back into the living room to see her new toy and falls asleep there. Her dreams take her through a battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a visit to the Land of Sweets and to the snow kingdom.

Photo Provided The PACE Dancers performed at the 2017 Hometown Holiday Celebration at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. The group is one of several returning for this year’s event on Dec. 15.

Suzy Gunter will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and guest artist Kevin Sears will portray Herr Drosselmeyer in Act I. The role of Clara will be danced by Grace Sears and Sarah Woofter and the role of the Nutcracker Prince will be danced by Owen Tidd.

Additional Company and Apprentice members performing include Jolene Troisi, Edie Tidd, Eliza Siefert, Catherine Hudson, Claire Hudson, Daisy Lawrence, Anna Menarchek, Bella Smith, Alia Ott, Sarah Thomas and Cecelia Fatta. They will be joined by 45 children from the MOVB Academy of Fine Arts. The children attended special workshops over the summer to prepare for their upcoming role as children in the Act I “Party Scene.”

* In Marietta, Peoples Bank Theatre will present its annual Hometown Holiday celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the theatre on Putnam Street in downtown Marietta.

Tickets are $12. Full event details and ticket information are available at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours at the box office, located in The Stage Door at 224 Putnam St., are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one-to-two hours prior to most performances.

The Hometown Holiday celebration features music and dance performances by Marietta and Parkersburg area youth ensembles. This year’s special guests will be performers Faith Anderson and Jon Hartlage.

Photo Provided Anna Martin will dance the role of Clara’ in Schrader Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” on Dec. 29 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

The featured ensembles will include Marietta Dance Academy, Gels Dance Centre, PACE Dance Studio, Marietta High School Vocal Point, Marietta High School Cantabile Choir, Marietta Middle School 6th-8th Grade Choir, Marietta High School Marquettes, Marietta Ukulele Choir, High Schools That Rock Bone and Fiddle Dance Collective and the Schrader Youth Ballet Schraderettes.

* In Parkersburg, the Schrader Youth Ballet will present the annual Winter Dance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at http://smoottheatre.com.

The show will include “Les Patineurs” (The Skaters), as well as “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream).”

“The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” is an adaptation of the classic holiday ballet choreographed for the SYBC by the late Duncan Noble, famed performer with the Ballet Russes and former Dean of North Carolina School of the Arts.

The production also features performances by Guest Dancers Emma McGirr, an SYBC alumna and Warren High School graduate, and her partner, Ben Tucker, both of The Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas.

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