Dancing in the Land of Sweets

Review of the 26th Annual Production of the Nutcracker
Jenelle Kalaf
Photo Editor

The classic Christmas story of a girl and her beloved gift from her uncle came to life on McMorran’s stage for the 26th year for 3 shows.
The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre Company presented “The Nutcracker,” the tale of Clara, played by Claire Montgomery, 15, her Nutcracker, played by Brandon Harneck, and his battles with King Mouse, played by Carman Idoni, and her travels into the Land of Sweets.
When she enters the magical land, she is greeted by the Snow King and the Snow Queen, played by Hannah Buggy and Dan Thompson.
The theatre filled with “Oohs” and “Aahs” from children as the dancers act out fights and dolls coming to life.
Children could be seen dancing to the music with a Nutcracker in hand. Parents and grandparents took photos and danced along, bringing the meaning of the holidays and togetherness alive.
This tradition comes back each year with young dancers from around the Blue Water Area, and sometimes from out of state, all are volunteered.
The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre Company is a non-profit organization. During the intermission, raffle tickets could be purchased to go towards a large Nutcracker signed by the whole cast. All ticket and raffle sales go straight to next year’s production and they accept donations all year round.
For any young dancer interested in joining this tradition, auditions are held in spring, and dates will be announced on the website.
For more information on auditions or donations, visit www.porthuronnutcracker.org.

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