The Nutcracker Suite: Wake Forest Youth Ballet featuring guests from the Carolina Ballet
Saturday, Dec. 11 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 3 p.m.
Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
“Our Nutcracker is titled the Nutcracker Suite. It is a shorter version of the whole story, including the first act party scene, the battle scene of the Mouse King and Nutcracker Prince and of course the journey to the kingdom of sweets in Clara's dream,” Ogden says. She says the highlight of the performances for her students is working with the professional ballet dancers from Carolina Ballet. Joining WFYB is Carolina Ballet principal dancer Alyssa Pilger, dancing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy with Carolina Ballet’s Nick Fokine as her Cavelier. Retired Carolina Ballet dancer Manuel Barriga returns to play Drosselmeyer. This is extra special for Ogden’s students. She explains, “Manuel used to teach these dancers before retiring and enjoys working with them each year!”
After intermission is when Ogden says the pace picks up and her students change costumes, “Those same dancers delight the audience with a variety of holiday hip-hop, contemporary and tap dances in the second half of our show!”
The stage remained dark for Ogden and her dancers last December, but students could still perform on camera for friends and family, “We turned our largest dance room into a theater with curtains and theater lighting and had the students perform dances from the Nutcracker. They wore masks and we had the show professionally recorded for their families. It wasn't in person but when they saw the studio and lights they were so excited and expressed that it made them feel like they were on stage again!” She says Destiny Dance Institute and WFYB had a streaming performance in the spring and an outdoor performance in June for safety. Ogden says those were fun, but this December is special, “Even with those opportunities, their excitement over going back in the theater can't be compared.”
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