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Los Angeles Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
LA Youth Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER
with The Washington Ballet principal Ashley Murphy as the Sugar Plum Fairy and International Guest Star Brooklyn Mack as the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier
Welcome to the enchanting world of The Nutcracker where a magic Christmas tree grows taller and taller and our young heroine vanquishes the Mouse King to save her beloved Nutcracker. Transported through swirling snowflakes and waltzing flowers, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel to The Land of Sweets where Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Arabian dancers, along with Mother Ginger and her children, present them with gifts. This celebration culminates in a spectacular performance in Clara’s honor by the dainty Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier. ‘Fairy-tale perfect’ (Culture Spot LA), ”Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ adds energy and exuberance to the traditional choreography” (Los Angeles Times).
Guest Stars Ashley Murphy and Brooklyn Mack join the award-winning dancers of LA Youth Balletfor this iconic holiday tradition set to Tchaikovsky’s evocative score. LA Youth Ballet’s Darrion Sellman (14) is a ‘positively captivating’ Nutcracker (LA Beat).
Bring the whole family!
Production and Choreography by Andrea Paris-Gutierrez
Music by Tchaikovsky
Ballerina Ashley Murphy (Sugar Plum Fairy) is a ‘fearless technician’ (Washington Post ), heralded for her ‘charm and fire’ (New York Times ). She has ‘made it her mission to inspire young people of color’ (Pointe ).
International Guest Artist Brooklyn Mack, formerly a principal with The Washington Ballet, now guests with The Royal Ballet (London), the Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow) and other ballet companies of world renown. Mack dazzles with his ‘explosive leaps, incredible precision…and onstage charisma’ (NPR ).
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