Sugar Plum Fairy and The Nutcracker return to the Ellen Eccles Theatre to kick off Christmas season

FILE PHOTO - Cache Valley Civic Ballet performs The Nutcracker (Cache Valley Civic Ballet)

Hours of rehearsals are now underway for the Cache Valley Civic Ballet’s 31st production of The Nutcracker, the enchanting production that traditionally launches the Christmas season in Cache Valley.

Company founder and artistic director Sandy Emile says there are six performances this year with the addition of a second matinee.

The Nutcracker opens <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Friday, November 29</span></span> and continues <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Saturday</span></span> and <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Monday at 7:30</span></span> p.m. Matinee performances will also be held <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Friday</span></span> and <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Saturday at 1:30 p.m. All of the performances will be</span></span> at the Ellen Eccles Theatre  in Logan.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Tuesday, Emile said the beautiful costumes and scenery, along with the dancers, have a special appeal for childreen and youth.

“On Saturday before the show we have the Sugar Plum Tea Party, which is a great way from 11:30 until 1 for the children to come to the Bullen Arts Center right next to the theater, have cookies and punch, get their pictures taken,” Emile said. “They get to meet the Snow Queen and the Snow King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, touch the tutus, play with point shoes, meet the Nutcracker Prince. And then when the curtain goes up on stage the children say, ‘I know him! He’s the Mouse King!'”

Emile said audiences will appreciate the music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Northern Utah Symphony Orchestra. For more information about The Nutcracker, call 752-0026.

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