SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. —The Shepherdstown School of Dance will host its 6th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Frank Arts Center at Shepherd University.
Curtains will rise at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 9. The performance coincides with Christmas in Shepherdstown festivities.
This year’s Nutcracker performance features students of Shepherdstown School of Dance, but also a large number of community members will be “party parents” in the opening act.
Two professional dancers will also be gracing the stage, including Kitty Clarke, contemporary modern dancer and founder of Goose Route Arts Collaborative, as the Mouse King. Playing the part of the Cavalier will be Jordan Nelson of Chicago, who has trained with the Ballet Chicago, interned with Royal Ballet in London, and is a dancer for the Suzanne Ferrell Dance Co.
Tickets are available at Shepherdstown School of Dance and Encore Apparel in Motion in Shepherdstown and are $13 in advance and $18 after Dec. 7. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Shepherdstown Elementary School and Shepherdstown Middle School PTA groups.
• WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A local performance of “The Nutcracker” will grace the stage of the Waynesboro Area Senior High School performing arts center for two days in December.
Presented and performed by A&B Dance Dimensions and A&B Dance Co., “The Nutcracker” will be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The performance of the holiday classic, which features the music of Peter Tchaikovsky, is a first for the studio and the first in recent memory to be held in Waynesboro with local dancers.
Tickets cost $5 and are available at the door, and at the A&B studios, 44A E. Main St., Waynesboro. Seating is general admission. For more information, call 717-762-4456.