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The Nutcracker

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun Cheyenne Rosenfeld, 14, performs as the sugarplum fairy during a dress rehearsal of Sierra Nevada Dance's of the Nutcracker Wednesday night at Cal-Neva. The show is being performed tonight and Sunday in the Frank Sinatra Showroom.
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Once upon a Christmas night a young girl named Clara was given a special gift ” a Nutcracker doll ” that magically transforms into the prince of her dreams and whisks her away to the Land of Sweets where she is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and toys come to life ” all in one enchanting evening

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The tale of the Nutcracker ballet has become a family holiday tradition passed down from one generation to the next. With that, Sierra Nevada Dance and Arts For the Schools presents its seventh annual production of the holiday ballet on Sunday featuring performers from multiple generations.

“It’s all about family and dreams,” says Sherrie Peterson, Sierra Nevada Dance artistic director, “to keep the spirit alive this time of year.”

Liz Black says she was surprised when her teenage daughter, Ellie Black, asked her to be a part of the ballet. But not only that, Ellie’s grandparents, Bob and Ann Thorpe, will also be involved in the production. Liz Black’s 3-year-old niece Annsley Akers will also be in show, dancing the part of a mischievous little mouse.

The rehearsals with the cast have been fun and upbeat, Bob Thorpe says. The first-time dancers say they won’t have stage fright, but come performance night that may change.

“It’s like dancing with the stars,” Bob Thorpe says.

Ellie, 16, says hanging out with fellow dancers and practicing the “party scene” has been really fun. Dancing since the age of three, Ellie says she will play the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy and a Snowflake in the show.

Father and daughter duo Larry and Cheyenne Rosenfeld are also keeping this year’s Nutcracker a family affair.

Cheyenne, 14, rolls her eyes at her father standing next to her. The ballet needed more adults for one of the opening scenes, the “party scene,” so she suggested her dad try out.

“He’s just really animated,” Cheyenne says, who later gives her dad a kiss on the cheek.

Larry says he feels at home on stage, and having acting and dance experience has helped to learn all the steps.

The Nutcracker brings “good energy” to the community and “shows we’re here to give back,” Larry says.

Sierra Nevada Dance and Arts For the Schools presents The Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at Cal-Neva Resort in Crystal Bay. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $18 for preferred seating. Tickets cost $3 more at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Sierra Nevada Dance, Between the Notes, North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach, Frames by Ryrie in Tahoe City, Art Attack in Incline Village, or at Vista Gallery in Tahoe Vista.


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