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  • Medford Civic Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"

    Medford Civic Ballet features Marius Petipa's original choreography
  • Art Deco-style sets will provide the backdrop for Medford Civic Ballet's full-length production of "The Nutcracker."
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    • If you go
      Who: Medford Civic Ballet
      What: "The Nutcracker"
      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22
      Where: Central Medford High School auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford
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      If you go
      Who: Medford Civic Ballet

      What: "The Nutcracker"

      When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22

      Where: Central Medford High School auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford

      Tickets: $10, $5 for children 12 and younger

      Call: 541-772-1362
  • Art Deco-style sets will provide the backdrop for Medford Civic Ballet's full-length production of "The Nutcracker."
    The ballet will feature more than 100 dancers, ages 5 to adult, in whimsical, elegant costumes, including tail coats for the party scenes, six-layer tutus and silver crowns for the snow scene, and beautiful leotards with fun accessories specific to the regions and treats being represented in the Land of Sweets. There also is the Nutcracker prince, played by Josh Bokosh, who will wear a papier-mache mask that director Mary Cowden Snyder made in 1975.
    "The Nutcracker" ballet, featuring choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and music by Tchaikovsky, premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Snyder utilizes the traditional choreography in her production of the ballet but also adapts a couple of the dances to meet the skill sets of her dancers.
    Performances are set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, in the Central Medford High School auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.
    Eric Osberg plays Professor Drosselmeyer, and Jillian Frakes is his goddaughter, Mary Clara. Emily Wavrim, who gracefully handles triple pirouettes in toe shoes, will be the Queen of Snow and front a band of "angels" and "snowflakes," who also will be en pointe.
    Paige Suste and Tanner Elliott return for a second year as the magical Sugar Plum Fairy and the cavalier, and they will perform the advanced and beautiful grand "pas de deux" in the second act.
    Tickets to the show cost $10 — $5 for children 12 and younger — and are available at The Dance Arts Center, Kid Time!, Class E. Professor and the Medford Visitor Center. Call 541-772-1362.
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