The Nutcracker was first presented by LSPA over 30 years ago, with the Lafayette Ballet Company continuing this tradition during the first weekend of each December. Over 160 dancers will perform this classic ballet at the Troup High School Fine Arts Auditorium in LaGrange.
The traditional story of The Nutcracker takes place during a festive party on Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum family home. Young Clara is given a beloved toy nutcracker and when she returns in the night to retrieve it, the Nutcracker comes to life and battles the imposing Seven-Headed Mouse King. Because of Clara’s love and bravery during the fight, the Nutcracker turns into a handsome prince who leads her on a wondrous journey through an amazing fantasy land.
Tchaikovsky's popular score is choreographed by LBC’s Artistic Director Amy Orr. In addition to LBC dancers, guest artists bring a professional level of skill to this stage. Raul Peinado began his career in Spain, coming to the US on full-scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet in New York, and is an international, award-winning artist. James LaRussa started dancing with the Atlanta Ballet and currently dances for the professional contemporary dance company, Staibdance. Guest performers from the community make up the members of the party scene. Vibrant costuming and beautiful scenery combine to further enhance the talent on stage.
Performers with the Lafayette Ballet Company are trained at the Lafayette Center for Dance, located at LSPA, in downtown LaGrange. By having dancers of all ages share the stage during The Nutcracker, the students are able to “see an evolution of their training and where they can go,” explains Orr. From the youngest soldiers, portrayed by kindergarteners, to the experienced soloists who perform with professional partners, everyone plays a part that is designed to showcase their talent, current skill level, and dedication to dance.
The Nutcracker will be performed Friday, December 1st at 7:00 pm; Saturday December 2nd at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm. Performances will take place at the Troup High School Fine Arts Auditorium. Ticket prices vary with seating location and are $16 and $22 for adults and $10 and $12 for students.