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MOV Ballet to present ‘Nutcracker’

From left, Grace Sears as Sugar Plum Fairy, Alia Ott as Clara, Anna Menarchek as Sugar Plum Fairy and Danny Bayer as Herr Drosselmeyer. The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will present the “Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Marietta High School Auditorium and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Blennerhassett School Auditorium. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Company will present its annual performance of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Marietta High School Auditorium and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Blennerhassett School Auditorium.

Tickets are on sale and will be available at the MOVB Offices, 1311 Ann St., where box office hours are 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Seats are reserved and are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 16 and seniors over 60.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for both shows by calling the Ballet Company Offices at 304-422-5538. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of both shows. More information about the MOVB can be obtained by visiting their Web site at movballet.com.

The ballet company has extensively toured throughout a four-state region since 198, presenting “Nutcracker” to audiences of over 500,000, including thousands of public school children throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

Dancers appearing in featured roles include Anna Menarchek and Grace Sears alternating the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Jolene Troisi as the Snow Queen, Catherine and Claire Hudson alternating the role of the Mouse Queen, Alia Ott as Clara and Owen Tidd as the Nutcracker Prince.

This season’s production also will feature guest artist Danny Bayer as Herr Drosselmeyer.

Additional company, apprentice and trainee members performing include Kristen Whiteleather, Bella Smith, Sarah Thomas, Bethany Truax, Sarah Harvey, Hailie Pierce, Kelly Beth Bargeloh, Mallory Thomas, Caolinn Craig, Sophia Emerick, Bailey Gibeau, Kaylynn Dunlap, Liam Tidd and Kane Smith. They will be joined by 40 children from the MOVB Academy of Fine Arts, the official school of instruction for the MOVB Company.

The children attended special workshops over the summer to prepare for their upcoming role as children in the Act I and in Act II as the Angels.

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

The music has become a timeless classic heard in commercials and malls as well as in concert halls around the world. The Nutcracker doll has become a symbol of the holiday season and many ballet companies have their own adaptation of the story based on the book by Eta Hoffman.

It is about the dreams of the little girl Clara. At the family Christmas party her godfather Drosselmeyer presents her with a mysterious gift of a nutcracker and her jealous little brother Fritz promptly 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 fierce battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a visit to the Land of the Sweets where candy dancers perform for her and finally a journey through the snow kingdom with whirling, dancing snowflakes.

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