The quintessential holiday treat, The Nutcracker," performed by the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, returns to
the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this weekend with four performances.
Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson holds true to the original classical ballet in Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, creating a
traditional Nutcracker" set in Victorian times and suited for all ages.
The Nutcracker" is based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman, and tells the story of a
young German girl, Clara, whose godfather Drosselmeyer, a skilled clock and toy maker, presents her with a toy
nutcracker during a holiday party. In Clara's holiday dream, the toy comes to life and escorts her on a journey to a
magical land, complete with a variety of magical inhabitants to entertain her.
In addition to the State Street Ballet traveling company, 57 local dancers from throughout Southwest Colorado, ages
5-13, will perform, including:
Mice: Betsy Baker, Greta Cahill, Michele Carver, Ruth Dickson, Jayda Haring Duenas, Audrey Gotcher, Alpin Lily
Hanson-Holladay, Amaya Holliday, Jozlin Klusack, Alyssa Maisel, Madalen Meier, Jessica Reed, Jade Robbins, Autumn
Rymerson, Risabel Villa, Olivia Lola Walker and Lucinda Zastrocky.
Soldiers: Madison Anderson, Francesca Bianchi, Alicia DeLacey, Alexandra Dobbs, Brook Gauthier, Olivia Guerra, Celia
Hale, Kate Hallin, Margo Leavitt, Josephine Mynatt, Aurora Murga, Amanda Saxton and Gabryel Sohle.
Angels: Bernadette Bianchi, Madison Dickson, Sierra Heller, Sophie Hickcox, Maddie Hoven, Clarice Huckins, Claudia
Marron, Ariel Murga, Aja Robbins and Holly Tate.
The youngest dancers will participate in two shows each as Mother Ginger's Bon-bons: Karaline Bassett, Shaelin Bassett,Stella Birrenkott, Alyx Potter, Jozlin Emma Tanner, Gwendolyn Thompson, Rexanne Trautmann, Jack Whistler, Mia Whistler,Lynelle Bartz, Nicole Bartz, Bridget Cahill, Sydney DeLacey, Emma Hallin, Kori Jenkins, Cameron Kelley and Georgia
Senior dancers: Tori Duhaime and Emily Murray, students at Durango High School, are rehearsal assistants for the
production, working with local professional instructor Judy Austin.
The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara was founded in 1994 by Gustafson and his wife, Allison, and is known for its
innovative choreography and unique style. With at least three productions each season in Santa Barbara, the company has
also toured throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Taiwan and China. Rodney Gustafson is formerly
with Geneva Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.