Cache Valley Civic Ballet opens Christmas season with "The Nutcracker"

For the 29th time, the Cache Valley Civic Ballet will be making magic at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. “The Nutcracker” ballet will be presented as the traditional opening of the Christmas season. Company founder and artistic director Sandy Emile said the ballet will be performed Nov. 26, 27 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. each night. There is also a 1:30 matinee Saturday. For children, Emile said the Sugar Plum Tea Party is a must and will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Bullen Center. She said the children will actually get to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Drosselmeyer and other cast members. “They have cookies and punch and have pictures taken, and it’s literally a Super Plum Tea Party,” Emile said. “The Sugar Plum Fairy is there with supporting cast members. The mice come. The soldiers come and Clara goes. You get to meet the Nutcracker Prince, and he bows and you can curtsy. It’s just a fun way of making the show more personal.” Emile said she is excited that all of the talent for this year’s ballet is local and will be accompanied by a live orchestra directed by USU music professor Mark Emile.

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