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Highlands Ballet presents The Nutcracker — performances and children's tea party

December 02, 2013

The magic of The Nutcracker . . . what is it? Why does the ballet cause such enduring fascination – is it the music? There is an eternal enchantment in Tchaikovsky’s music, which was written in 1891 especially for The Nutcracker ballet. For the audience member, it is just impossible not to respond to the delicate, swelling joy of “The Waltz of the Flowers”, or the “Land of Snow” that glistens like sunlight on frost. The Nutcracker speaks to our childlike sensibility taking us back to a time of innocence, a time with no worries, a time when one believes completely in Christmas. The first act, a wonderfully ordered party at the Stahlbaum home, with the gleaming tree at the back of the stage, creates a perfectly heartwarming image of Christmas. The second act creates a perfectly fascinating dream world. The Nutcracker will surely cause children to feel wonderment and adults to feel like children again. In this respect it is exactly like Christmas itself. Whether a family tradition or simply a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. The Highlands Ballet will be presenting a premier production of The Nutcracker at the Paramount Center for the Arts on the following dates: Friday, December 6: Opening Night Gala, 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 7: Matinee Special, 12:30 PM; and Sunday, December 8: Family Matinee, 2:30 pm. Call the Paramount at 423-274-8920 for tickets. School Shows are December 5 & 6, 10:00 am. Call 276-623-0822 for reservations. Following the Saturday performance, there is a fun event especially for the children...a delightfully special Tea Party at Shelbee’s Vintage Café, 504 State Street. The children will step into the “Land of the Sweets” with the Clara & the Sugar Plum Fairy. The festivities are gloriously planned to delight each & every child who attends. Land of the Sweets Tea & Photos with Clara & the Sugar Plum Fairy, email deecoler@earthlink.net for reservations.