THE NUTCRACKER SCHOOL SHOWS
A Field Trip for Local Schoolchildren
Friday, November 22nd,10:30 am
Will Rogers Auditorium
#1 Amon Carter Way
Fort Worth, Texas
As a major component of Ballet Frontier's community outreach, the goal of The Nutcracker School Show is to expose schoolchildren of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds to the performing arts, inspiring intellectual growth. The show's objective is to inspire young people, especially those who are underprivileged in the community, with a quality, cultural experience
Featuring an entertaining abridged version of the original Nutcracker production (Act II), this 1 hour show is both conducive and appropriate for a young audience. A guest moderator welcomes the audience, outlines the story and educates students about dance training and production design. One exciting aspect of The Nutcracker School Show is the extensive participation of pre-professionally trained youth dancers in the production. Students see peers of all ages on stage and the results of committed training and discipline. Some children experience a professional ballet for the first time while being captivated by dazzling costumes, awe-inspiring set design and world-class choreography.
With a variety of characters and fast paced sequences, children enjoy a colorful multicultural celebration of sweets from around the world: Spanish Hot Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea and Russian Candy. They see dances by sparkling angels and beautiful flowers in addition to Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy - all choreographed to Tchaikovsky's famous compositions. As in past productions, professional guest artists from companies such as Texas Ballet Theater and Dallas Black Dance Theatre perform prominent roles and enhance the artistic quality and creative aesthetic. In addition, Ballet Frontier's Artistic Director, Chung-Lin Tseng has contributed his own artistic modifications to the original choreography of Roy Tobias.