It’s an event that takes months of preparation. Dancers from Capital Ballet Theatre (CBT) take the audience on a journey to the magical land of sweets in “The Nutcracker,” running Thanksgiving weekend at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. This is the 38thyear for the annual production.
CBT is a pre-professional company that consists of dancers 8 to 18 years old. But it’s not just the dancers that put in the hard work – parent volunteers create the intricate costumes that help make the performance a show-stopper.
Choreographed and directed by Gregory M. George, “The Nutcracker” tells the story of a young girl receiving the magical gift of a nutcracker doll that comes to life to protect her from the Rat King.
“This year’s ‘Nutcracker’ is one that the Greater Lansing audience is not going to want to miss. For his last show as the Capital Ballet Theatre’s director and choreographer, Gregory M. George, is adding some new and different elements to this holiday tradition,” said Erin Van Haaren, chair of the CBT Board of Directors. “The dancers of CBT have been working hard to bring you this magical story for all ages. We look forward to seeing you at the Wharton.”.
Among the key characters who bring the story of “The Nutcracker” to life are Clara, the Nutcracker himself, and Drosselmeyer, Clara’s kind but mysterious godfather.
Dancers audition each year for their roles. This year’s performance features:
- Paris Patterson as the Sugar Plum Fairy
- Brenna Van Haaren as Guardian Angel
- Megan Pearl as Clara
- Gabbie Bugayong as Fritz
- Wolfgang Goluska as Uncle Drosselmeyer
- Emme Rush as the Snow Queen
- Abby Stewart as the Nutcracker
- Norah Williams as the Rat King
- Hannah Berry and Katie Beckwith as Dew Drops
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24 and 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Audience members should plan to purchase tickets early at whartoncenter.com or by phoning the Wharton box office at (800) Wharton.