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Few Tickets Remain For 'Nutcracker' TONIGHT

SOCORRO, N.M. November 26 ,2010 – Enter into the fantasy world of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, when the esteemed State Street Ballet Co. brings the timeless holiday classic to life on the Macey Center stage Wednesday, Dec. 8.

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The State Street Ballet Company will perform 'The Nutcracker at Macey Center in Socorro on December 8. About 30 local youths will join the performance.

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'The Nutcracker is holiday tradition for many families.
The two-act ballet is part of the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series (PAS) and a host of generous sponsors: First State Bank, EMRTC, SAIC, the New Mexico Tech Student Association and Howard Johnsons.

“We’re delighted to bring the State Street Ballet to Socorro and the Macey Center stage,” said Ronna Kalish, PAS Director. “The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is known for introducing dance as mainstream entertainment, while honoring classical training and tradition.”

More than one young ballerina has gone to sleep dreaming of dancing as Clara in a world of Sugar Plum Fairies and enchanted forests, after seeing a performance of what may be Tchaikovsky’s best known score. The libretto is adapted from the story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," by E. T. A. Hoffmann.

As an added treat, 30 local children will appear in a couple of scenes as Bon Bons, Mice and Soldiers, and are learning their roles from Jenelle Partridge and Breanna Venson.

Meanwhile, as a treat for adults, Tech Club – Club Macey will host a social in Macey Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with traditional New Mexican posole and flan. The clubs are host social hours for people 21 and over. The pre-performance event is free to club members; cover charge is $5 for non-members.

The San Francisco Ballet staged the first U.S. performance of the ballet on Dec. 24, 1944. The fantasy tale brought needed escape from a country at war.

Ten years later, in 1954, the New York Ballet gave its first annual performance of the George Balanchine-staging of The Nutcracker, thus beginning a holiday tradition that eventually spread to the rest of the country.

The story begins on Christmas Eve at the house of Herr and Frau Silberhaus and their children, where among the presents are toys that delight everyone, but must be put away. Clara, however, takes a wounded nutcracker to her doll’s bed and lulls it to sleep.

After midnight, Clara sneaks downstairs to check on the nutcracker, and that’s when the magic begins.

“Modern magic has cast its own spell on the holiday classic, with special effects and digital technology, state-of-the-art sets, production design and lavish costumes, as part of the State Street Ballet,” Kalish said.  “The Nutcracker is a children’s story at heart, but people of all ages will be mesmerized and moved by this modern production of a two-act ballet first performed in 1892.”

Anyone needing an excuse, or a reason, to get in the mood of the holiday spirit need look no further than their imaginations, with a little assistance from a handsome prince, escapades in a snow-covered forest – indeed, the stuff that dreams are made of, for little girls and boys and children (and adults) of all ages.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $16 for youths 17 and under; with a $2 discount if purchased by 5 p.m. the day before the performance.

Tickets are available at the Tech Cashier’s Office on the second floor of Fidel Center, Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme drive-up or at the door.

Admission is free to full-time New Mexico Tech students – those taking at least 6 hours and showing a valid ID. Students should pick up their tickets in advance at the Tech Bookstore.

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