September 17th, 2019


Green Mountain Nutcracker Offers Christmas Magic with a Vermont Twist

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This holiday season, experience real joy and authentic creativity produced by local artists in Moving Light Dance Company’s annual production of The Green Mountain Nutcracker. Regardless of age, you’ll love the Vermont interpretation of this classic ballet.


Moving Light Dance is proud to bring The Green Mountain Nutcracker to the Barre Opera House for the seventh year running, performing two live shows on December 21st and 22nd. What began as director Christine Harris’ vision of a close-to-home and dear-to-heart rendition of a classic ballet is quickly transforming into a Vermont tradition. Each year the show has charmed its audiences, young and old alike, and gathered momentum as its success grows. The production features a cast of 72 talented dancers from Vermont communities, handmade costumes, glorious set pieces, and boasts all-original choreography by Christine Harris, Willow Wonder, Avi Waring, Bridget Wheeler, Natalie Wheeler and the dancers.


On Christmas night, a young girl is transported into a world of magic and imagination when a gift of a wooden nutcracker doll, from the magician Drosselmeier (Kee Gillian), comes to life. The nutcracker prince (Sean Beatty) leads our heroine Marie (Katherine Mayo) through a land of colorful characters and gorgeous dance numbers which are sure to make you gasp, laugh, and applaud. Moving Light weaves together classical ballet with contemporary dance and a Vermont backdrop. From a holiday party in a country home through Vermont forests and into the Land of the Sweets, where the Maple Sugar Fairy (Rachel Isaacs-Falbel) conducts a huge cast of dancers—even including a boisterous group of loggers!


What better way to let the festive spirit of the holidays into your heart than through the magic of dance? The artists of Moving Light are committed to bringing community-minded dance of the highest caliber to Vermont, and it is this commitment that enables them to work year after year on the creation and performance of the Green Mountain Nutcracker. Harris and co-directors embody an attitude of hard work and inclusion that can be seen on stage in the joy of the dancers as they perform. Let this dance community remind you of the greatest gift that can be given during the holidays: love. You will be swept away from the very beginning.


There will be two performances only: Saturday, December 21 at 6pm.; and Sunday, December 22 at 2pm. Tickets are $28/$16. Call the Barre Opera House at 476-8188 or visit barreoperahouse.org

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