McNary dancers perform Nutcracker at Elsinore
December 20, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Nolan Bryant
McNary students’ toes pointed and performed “A Children’s Nutcracker” at the Elsinore Theater on the December 5 – 6.
The American Ballet Academy puts on a yearly performance at the old downtown theater for the families of the dancers and the public. Students of all ages perform in the event from large dance routines to solos on stage, all intertwined and timed with the nutcrackers soundtrack and stage settings.
Robert-Jay Bickle, a junior at McNary, performed as the Cavalier, one of the major roles in the dance as well the dances Arabia and the Russians. “I think the show went really well,” Bickle said.
“My favorite role is the Arabian dance, it has a lot of fun lifts and spins.”
Bickle looks forward to to the performance every year and constantly improves he said.
Ballet is a more or less discouraged to males yet Bickle loves it. “It was recommended to me 5 years ago by a family friend and I have kept at it ever since” he said. Vanessa Orlov, a freshman, and Madison Long, a sophomore at McNary, both performed in the colorful Waltz of the Flowers along with 12 other girls.
The dance begins with a family gathering in front of the fireplace and christmas tree with a magician casting his magic and gifting the nutcracker to Clara. Her brother then starts a fight over the nutcracker ending with a draw to the sibling rivalry.
The play then continued with the mice queen and army invading the stage and the regal ice princess dancing with the Cavalier concluding the first act.
Act two begins with a dance between the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier following a solo of the Spanish dance. Next, a large Chinese themed dance that moves onto an Arabian performance.
Many girls point their toes in the Waltz of the Flowers, and Mother Ginger walked on stilts while she concealed the many performers beneath her fabric cover. The Sugar Plum Fairy then presented the crown to Clara who oversaw all the previous performances and danced with the Cavalier one last time as the Gum Drop dance made up the background before the play ended.