‘The Nutcracker': A holiday tradition you won’t want to miss

The magic of "The Nutcracker" comes to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, Dec. 21-23. This is Pamela Hayes Classic Ballet's 12th production of the holiday show. Photo by Aaron Herman
The magic of "The Nutcracker" comes to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, Dec. 21-23. This is Pamela Hayes Classic Ballet's 12th production of the holiday show. Photo by Aaron Herman

Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker 2012’ will once again transform Three Stages into a winter wonderland full of magical toys, waltzing snowflakes and larger than life scenery during this annual production.

In its 12th season in the Gold Country, Pamela Hayes’ ‘The Nutcracker’ has delighted audiences both young and old since its first performance in 2000 and has become a favorite holiday season tradition.

Artistic Director Pamela Hayes presents “The Nutcracker” for four performances at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, Dec. 21-23.

The Nutcracker production is set in a traditional 19th century European home, populated with toys and gifts, a giant‐Christmas tree and Mother Ginger. From here, familiar characters Clara (played by guest artist Sarah Beth Kosterman, a former Pamela Hayes student, now at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a concentration in ballet) and the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer (played by guest artist, choreographer, designer and educator ­Michael Onstad) embark on an adventure where toy soldiers battle legions of mice, the Snow King and Queen whisk them away to an enchanted forest, and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy (played by guest artist Allyn Ginn, also a former student ­ and now an attorney) delights them with an array of exotic confections.

The Pamela Hayes “Nutcracker” maintains the classical purity of this ballet classic while sparkling with elegant costumes, a giant Mother Ginger, and majestic, enchanting, magical settings.

The full Pamela Hayes Company is joined on stage by 75 young dancers from El Dorado Hills and beyond, dancing in the opening Party Scene and later as Mounted Mice, Toy Soldiers, Dolls, Snow Tree Angels and with Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles. An original production choreographed by Pamela Hayes set to Peter Tchaikovsky’s illustrious score, “The Nutcracker will see principal dancers Ginn as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Kristoffer Reyes (current ballet student and mathematics major at Folsom Lake College) as The Prince.

Performance will be held at Folsom Lake College’s Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22, as well as 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 23. Tickets range from $15 to $23 with premium tickets selling fro $26. Purchase them by calling (916) 608­-6888 or visiting threestages.net.

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