The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents three performances of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, featuring the Laurel Ballet on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Artistic Director Daniel Meyer conducts all three performances.
Eleanor Tornblom is Artistic Director and choreographer of the production. The principal dancers include Dr. Juraj Adamek, formerly of the Tamburizans and Alan Obuzor, of Texture Contemporary Dance, will be returning to dance the role of the cavaliers.
“This year’s production of Nutcracker is full of fun-filled changes including a live-action sword fight between two fencing masters, a spectacular growing Christmas tree in addition to elaborate scenery and costumes,” said Eleanor Tornblom.
The role of Clara will be performed by Sarah Barkley-Mastalski (Saturday Afternoon); Ashlyn Mough (Saturday Evening) and Katie Parker (Sunday). Katie Barkley Mastalski will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince will be performed by Jonathan Meilaender.
The WSO and Laurel Ballet are celebrating their 25th production of the Nutcracker this year. “The long-time partnership of the WSO and the Laurel Ballet thrives because together we present a professional production featuring local dancers and musicians with deep ties to the community. We are so proud to present our 25th production during our 50th Anniversary Season,” said Endy Reindl, Executive Director of the WSO.
The Nutcracker originally premiered in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892 and now more than a century later remains a holiday favorite. In the story of The Nutcracker, a young girl named Clara is given a Nutcracker soldier as a Christmas present at her family’s holiday party. As she falls asleep, a magical journey into an amazing land follows. Bringing the story to life are local ballerinas, guest soloists, choreography, lighting, sets and costumes.
Tickets $15-up, plus free, convenient parking in the Bell Garage.