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Dream of a Sugar Plum fairy and a Nutcracker Suite
Mouse King. Several of the older and more experienced dancers, like Sophie Lavoie who is both the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara’s mother, find themselves doing quick- change shifts from scene to scene. The Nutcracker,, is a libretto that Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky adapted from E.T.H. Hoffman’s fantasy short story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. Tassie has based his interpretation on his own ex- perience performing in The Nutcracker with a Toronto ballet company plus drawing on elements from other productions. “But I am following the (traditional) story,” Tassie said. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in the home of the Silberhaus family. An unexpected guest arrives in the person of Herr Drosselmeyer, godfather and uncle to young Clara, to whom he presents a mar- velous gift of an almost lifelike nutcracker.
What Clara does not know is that her mys- terious uncle is also a magician and he has conjured a spell that will take her and the Nutcracker to a world where the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy are at odds. In the end, Clara wakes up to find herself at home with the Nutcracker at her side. Was it real or just a dream? She hopes the magic is very real. “It’s a very positive show,” Tassie said. “It encapsulates perfectly the essence of the holiday spirit.” The curtain rises on the magic at the Salle de spectacle Optimiste Performance Hall over the Dec. 15 weekend, with the Satur- day evening show at 7 p.m., and the Sun- day matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the academy office at 1595 Laurier Street or at the door before the start of the per- formance. Phone reservations may also be made to 446-5550.
OBJECTIF 2012 350 000 $ Planning and practice on the two-act ballet piece began in June with dancers at the academy stepping through their paces first with the larger production numbers like “The Waltz of the Flowers” before mov- ing on to smaller ensemble pieces and solo works. ROCKLAND | The Extrava Danse Academy welcomes everyone to a world of magic and dreams with its first ever performance of a Christmas ballet classic, The Nutcrack- er. Choreographer/producer Marcel Tassie noted that the greatest challenge of bring- ing Tchaikovsky’s magical masterpiece to the stage in Rockland proved to be a matter of timing. “Having everything done in a timely man- ner,” he said, “and also perfecting it before mid-December.”
For Tassie, one other challenge is divid- ing up the dancing assignments among his troupe of 45. There are more than enough little dancers to make up the army of the
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