CITY OF OURAY Nutcracker Sweets dances into town this weekend
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 07 November 2013 15:38
By Sheridan Block
Weehawken Creative Arts is getting in the holiday spirit with an abbreviated interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" in Ouray this weekend.
Dubbed “Nutcracker Sweets,” the shortened version of the popular ballet will run this month as the organization will offer a new holiday production, "The Polar Express," in December. Traditionally, Weehawken hosted the full performance of "The Nutcracker" in December while putting on shorter productions in November.
“It’s in part because of wanting to offer some variety and also in part due to the types and levels of dancers that we have,” said Stephanie Wallin, Weehawken’s Director of Programming and Administration.
Because the program is always changing and students are continuously progressing at different levels, Wallin explained that Artistic Director Natasha Pyeatte decided the Polar Express performance would be a better fit for the dancers and the program this year.
Weehawken first began production of "The Nutcracker" in 2008, running shows at the Montrose Pavilion recently. Last weekend, "Nutcracker Sweets" debuted in Silverton and will take the stage at the Wright Opera House on Sunday.
Directed by Pyeatte, the cast features dancers from Weehawken’s Company Dance program as well as performers from the Weehawken Silverton Dance company. A cast of 40 dancers, whose ages range from three to 16, will take the stage. The students have been rehearsing with Pyeatte since September and are primed and ready to perform for the audience.
“I think they’re doing great. They did a great job in Silverton last weekend,” said Pyeatte. “We worked hard and I’m sure they’re super excited about the show (in Ouray).”
The "Nutcracker Sweets" will still include the full storyline of the original Nutcracker ballet, the only difference is that the music has been edited down for a shorter performance. Total run length for the ballet, including intermission, is about an hour and a half.
“We are thrilled to be able to delight audiences of all ages with our version of this timeless holiday classic,” said King. “Weehawken’s "Nutcracker Sweets" isn’t just a ballet performance, it’s a special event for all ages and a treasured holiday tradition.”
Nutcracker Sweets will run on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Wright Opera House. Performance begins at 4 p.m. and tickets are $12 each. Tickets are available for purchase at Khristopher’s Culinaire, Buckskin Booksellers and Mouse’s Chocolates in Ouray and at Cimarron Coffee and Books and the Weehawken office in Ridgway.