November 20, 2018
In celebration of the holiday season, the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will present its rendition of “The Nutcracker.”
“The Nutcracker” will run Thursday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.
Tickets cost $16 for the public, $13 for senior citizens and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts box office and the Wyoming Union information desk, by calling (307) 766-6666 or going online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.
This classic ballet fantasy is about a young girl, Clara, who receives a nutcracker for Christmas that spurs her fantastical dream. Based on the 19th century German fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann and featuring Tchaikovsky’s dazzling score, “The Nutcracker” comes alive with dancing snowflakes, magical mice, marching soldiers, waltzing flowers, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince.
UW dance Professor Marsha Knight directs the production that she and UW Associate Professor Jennifer Deckert choreographed. The UW Symphony Orchestra, directed by Michael Griffith, and the UW Lab School Treble Choir, directed by Jennifer Mellizo, provide the musical accompaniment.
Knight first decided to produce the ballet, on a limited scale, in 1988, setting it in the romantic “Old World” style typical of most “Nutcracker” productions.
“I was watching an old VHS of the 1988 production, and the contributions of marvelous people are apparent,” Knight says. “It was great fun to see the beginning vocabulary for ‘Snow Scene’ and the early work on Act 1, ‘Party Scene.’”
Beginning in 1994, the UW Department of Theatre and Dance began to present the ballet every four years, a massive undertaking involving many local children and community members, Knight adds.
UW’s “Nutcracker” grew in scale and scope with each production but, after 2002, it was clear that many costume pieces and scenic elements needed replacing. …