The Mendocino Ballet is busy rehearsing one of the holiday seasonâ€™s favorite family traditions, â€śThe Nutcracker.â€ť
A joyous Christmas celebration at the home of the Staulbaum family where beautiful life- size dolls come to life to entertain the guests, an action packed battle scene takes place between mice, and toy soldiers, and a Nutcracker Doll who is turned into a handsome prince, are but a few of the surprises in the first act of this fanciful ballet. The Nutcracker Prince then leads young Clara into the magical land of Snow and on to the Kingdom of Sweets where exotic performers from faraway lands dance in the court of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
The Nutcracker comes to life under the direction of Mendocino Balletâ€™s Artistic Director, Trudy McCreanor with beautiful sets, colorful costumes and entertaining choreography. This is a truly delightful holiday treat, certain to enchant audiences of all ages!
Performances will be held on Saturday, December 18th at 7 pm and Sunday, December 19th at 2 at Ukiah High School. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 & up, and $10 for children/students under 18. Tickets are available in the ballet office and online at www.mendocinoballet.org. There is a $1 surcharge for credit card sales.
We are following county guidelines that audience members need to show proof of vaccination. Masks are required too.
The role of Clara will be danced by Mendocino Ballet corps member Trillium Bennett-McCoy with Jacob Kubin as the Nutcracker/Prince. Community member actor/dancer Oscar Montelongo will perform as the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Claraâ€™s eccentric Godfather. Eva Campise will dance as Fritz, the mischievous brother of Clara, with Olivia Kubin and Alex Bernie of Ukiah as their parents, Frau and Dr. Staulbaum.
The Waltz of the Snowflakes is led by company member Allison Reedy as the beautiful Snow Queen, with Oscar Montelongo as the Snow King.
Potter Valleyâ€™s Morgan Cummings will dance the magical role of the Sugar Plum Fairy who presides over the Land of the Sweets with her Cavalier, Ari Sunbeam, a dancer and actor from Ukiah. Other major roles are danced by Payton Slotte as the Rose Queen in the â€śWaltz of the Flowersâ€ť, Emily Lindstrom in her lively Spanish dance, and Allison Reedy with Oscar Montelongo as Arabian Coffee. Mendocino Ballet Company dancers Morgan Cummings, Payton Slotte, Allison Reedy, and Emily Lindstrom, along with Corps Dancers Shaylee Amos, Trillium Bennett-McCoy, Audriena Ramos, Io Sanchez, and Eowyn Millward are joined by 30 plus other local children and adult dancers and actors from Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Willits, Lake County and surrounding communities to form a cast of talented and entertaining performers.
For further information about performances or classes, please call the Mendocino Ballet at 463-2290 or visit us online at mendocinoballet.org.
Tickets are available on the Mendocino Ballet website, at the studio, and at Mendocino Book Company in Downtown Ukiah.