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This year’s performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30th and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st (Thanksgiving weekend) at B. M. Tomberlin Auditorium, Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville.
Leap into the holiday season with High Country Youth Ballet’s production of the classical ballet, The Nutcracker, music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This popular tale harkens back to the romanticism of the Victorian era and has become a cherished family Christmas tradition since its debut in 1892. In the Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey communities, The Nutcracker ballet has been performed since 1990 and has evolved under the gifted leadership of various artistic directors and volunteers behind the scenes into a captivating theatrical masterpiece. Current Artistic Director, Laura Curtis-Hodges, has assembled more than 70 dancers of all ages to participate in the production and it continues to be filled with delightful surprises. The story begins at a festive Christmas Eve party where Herr Drosselmeyer weaves his enchanting magic for all the guests, and continues as Clara (his god daughter) is taken under its spell and travels through the Land of Snow and then into the scrumptious Land of Sweets. From the battle between Mice and Soldiers, to the celebration of all things delectable and lovely, audiences will be wondering too if the tale is merely a young girl’s dream. The spellbinding special effects and glamorous set and costumes further enhance the experience. Tickets are available for purchase via cash or check at the Toe River Arts Council offices in Spruce Pine and Burnsville, or by calling Stephanie Warren at (828) 467-1887. They will also be available at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children under 5 years are free. High Country Youth Ballet, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed to enable youth in our area’s high country communities to grow and develop in their appreciation for dance, music, and performance. Find us on Facebook!