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Sedona Chamber Ballet presents The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker, based on two stories by E.T.A. Hoffman and choreographed and directed by the Chamber Balletís artistic director, Patricia Quillian,† is the story of a young girl, Clara danced by Allisone Doerner of Sedona, who receives the gift of a nutcracker.†
The Nutcracker, based on two stories by E.T.A. Hoffman and choreographed and directed by the Chamber Balletís artistic director, Patricia Quillian,† is the story of a young girl, Clara danced by Allisone Doerner of Sedona, who receives the gift of a nutcracker.†
The lead role of Clara will be danced by Allisone Doerner of Sedona.
The lead role of Clara will be danced by Allisone Doerner of Sedona.

Saturday, Dec. 7, the Sedona Chamber Ballet Company will present the timeless Christmas Classic The Nutcracker at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. 

This year's performance will include a special appearance by guest artist Rachel Cahalya-Wynne, principle dance artist of the Louisville Ballet Company, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and will introduce Sedona Chamber Ballet Company's principal dance artist Adrienne Epperson Roberts of Flagstaff as the Snow Queen and includes a host of gifted, local dancers. 

The Sedona Chamber Ballet Company formed in January, 2013 has the mission to expand  ballet awareness in the community and provide pre-professional dance education in Northern Arizona  by creating a quality respected ballet company that can support 8-10 advance-trained, technically proficient dancers annually and provide them with the knowledge and experiences required for scholarship possibilities and  a career path in dance. 

There will be a minimum of two productions a year to ensure performance opportunities for dancers, master classes, create a competitive summer program to support ballet company, develop collaborative relationships with all dance studios and teachers in Northern Arizona Region   and continue to expand dance (ballet) awareness and dance education to the community.

The Board of Directors of the Sedona Chamber Ballet are Dody Homan, Pamela Kaskiw, Carolyn Martin-Chang, and Winifred Muench-First.

The Nutcracker, based on two stories by E.T.A. Hoffman and choreographed and directed by the Chamber Ballet's artistic director, Patricia Quillian,  is the story of a young girl, Clara danced by Allisone Doerner of Sedona, who receives the gift of a nutcracker. 

She falls in love with it and is heartbroken after it is broken by her brother Fritz, played by Aidan Dudley of Cottonwood.   Later that night Clara falls asleep and in her dreams is attacked by the evil Rat King (Isabella Pepino) and his minions. 

The nutcracker-prince, is transformed into a handsome prince by Clara's love and comes to life and fights valiantly to save her but is instead saved by Clara who kills the Rat King with her slipper.  The prince then whisks Clara away to his kingdom, the Land of Sweets, where his court entertains Clara. 

There are dances of Hot Chocolate featuring soloist Jaxon Oles, Coffee with Isabella Pepino, the Tea Variation danced by Maya Lowney and firery Peppermint featuring Thekla Hutyrova,  Marzipan and Gingerbread also appear as well as the fabulous Waltz of the Flowers with Jennifer Warner Jensen of Phoenix as the Dewdrop. 

Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 and available from www.sedonachamberballet.com, Bashas', Weber's IGA, and at the door. 


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