The Cape Cod Dance Center has been presenting "The Nutcracker," for seventeen years, directed and choreographed by studio owner Eveline Carle with a cast of over 80 members, including professional dancers, alumnae and students currently enrolled in Ms. Carle's ballet program. The production will be held on Saturday, December 15th at 7pm and Sunday, December 16th at 2pm at the Bourne High School.
The Christmas fantasy is captivating for the whole family. The Cape Cod Dance Center's production is not only exquisitely performed, it is also very entertaining. Ms. Carle's humor shines through from the first scene of the ballet in the sprightliness of the Party Scene, to the amusing cooks who bring giant-sized cakes to Clara as she enters the magical "Land of the Sweets."
This year's Clara is performed by North Falmouth-resident Samantha Landry, daughter of Amy and Kevin Landry. Samantha has been dancing at the Dance Center for the last eight years. She will be dancing alongside JC Stahl, who will be performing as the Nutcracker Prince. Mr. Stahl danced with the Poughkeepsie Ballet and Southwest Ballet in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has performed locally with Mid-Cape Ballet, Cape Rep, the Academy of Performing Arts and Studio 878's TIDES Dance Company for over two decades. Mr. Stahl will also be dancing the roles of the Harlequin doll and Russian.
Also performing in the ballet are guest artists Cynthia Pigeon and Alejandro De Leon, who will dance the roles of the Sugarplum Fairy and the Cavalier.
Cynthia Pigeons was trained at L'Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, after which she danced extensively in the Montreal area with Ballet-Mobile, Ballet-Ouest and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She has danced leading roles with the National Ballet of Maryland and Danse Sursaut in Sherbrooke, and she currently teaches at the Ballet Classique du Haut-Richelieu and Propulsion Danse in Rosemère, Quebec.
Born in Mexico City, Alejandro began his dance training at the National School of Modern Dance of Mexico. Upon completing the program, he was awarded a two-year scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City. He has danced professionally for the Hartford Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Compañía Nacional de Danza in Mexico City, where he collaborated on a series of choreographic works that have garnered awards in different festivals throughout France, Cuba and Mexico.
The Dance Center's production unfolds on a cozy Christmas Eve at Clara's house. As the family prepares for their annual Christmas party, the children wait anxiously for their family and friends to arrive. It is Godfather Drosselmeyer, the toymaker, who surprises the children with unusual gifts. At the stroke of midnight, Clara wakes up to a frightening scene: the house, the tree and the toys seem to be getting larger. After a terrifying fight between mice and toy soldiers, Clara is carried through the snow to a wonderful world where dreams and magic are one and the same.
Eveline Carle has owned and operated the Cape Cod Dance Center in Cataumet since 2004. The school's goal is to provide well-rounded dance education and artistic inspiration to all students of dance, with the care and the attention needed to make it a positive experience.
Tickets can be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling 508-564-6165, or in person at Eight Cousins Bookstore on Main Street, Falmouth. Tickets are $16 for kids 18 and under, $22 for adults and $20 for seniors. Children 3 enter free. Group ticket sales are available; please call the school directly for more details.