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Schrader Youth Ballet to perform at Smoot Theatre

Christian Knopp and Anna Martin perform as the Nutcracker Prince and Clara. The performance will be Dec. 28 at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Schrader Youth Ballet in Parkersburg will present its annual holiday production on Dec. 28 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

“Tis the Season” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. and will include “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” as well as “We’ll Take Manhattan” with the Schraderettes.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at www.smoottheatre.com.

The program will be held after Christmas to allow professional guest artists to finish their “Nutcracker” runs at their respective companies. Guest artists this season include the return of Emma McGirr and Ben Tucker from Nevada Ballet Theatre, as well as Christian Knopp.

David Prather, a local poet who is active with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, will reprise his role as Drosselmeyer.

Guest dancers Emma McGirr and Ben Tucker will perform as the Sugarplum Fairy and the Cavalier on Dec. 28. (Photo Provided)

Over 40 members from the local company and school will participate in the production, which is directed by Velma Schrader, the company’s artistic director.

The cast includes: Emma Ashby, Josie Augenstein, Nora Augenstein, McKenzie Barton, Alyson Bond, Isabelle Bradley, Sydney Brothers, Mariah Bryant, Dorothy Clark, Ana Collins, Shae Dellinger, Callie Dixon, Alison Duvall, Madelyn Duvall, Lara Eksi, Lydia Ellis, Allie Enoch, Josh Enoch, Jocelyn Evans, Millicent Fleak, Dharma Fountaine, Kendra Halstead, Tim Kelsey, Christian Knopp, Abbey Kuhlman, Amelia Lazor, Courtney Leachman, Emma Leachman, Claire Line, Callahan Low, Paisley McDonald, Emma McGirr, Calista Mace, Charis Mace, Anna Martin, Breck Martin, Holly Martin, Alex Miller, Haileah Parker, Liliana Parsons, David Prather, Gabriel Shultz, Hannah Skogstad, Adeline Smith, Mia Snyder, Lily Sundstrom, Anna Swiger, Drew Taylor, Ben Tucker, Eleanor Van Hook and Sophie Yoke.

The Nutcracker story is presented by major and small civic dance companies all over the world as an annual tradition. Although the story may vary based on the community in which it is being presented, the story of young Clara falling asleep with her Nutcracker doll and dreaming of the Sugar Plum Fairy, waltzing flowers, falling snow and the Russian, Chinese and Spanish dancers is a tradition understood no matter where in the world it is presented. It was performed for the first time in 1892, with the same music Tchaikovsky wrote for the ballet.

The SYB production of “Clara’s Dream” was choreographed by the late Duncan Noble and by Schrader.

In addition to the classic story ballet set to the music of Tchaikovsky, the program will open with the precision dancers The Schraderettes in a tour of New York City with “We’ll Take Manhattan.”

David Prather and Anna Martin are Herr Drosselmeyer and Clara in “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” by Schrader Youth Ballet Co. (Photo Provided)

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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