COVER: Pictured left to right, Hayley Cheatham, Quin Webber, (back) Catarina Vazquez, Jada Cartwright and Grace Baker play the roles of angels in the River City Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” COURTESY PHOTO/JOSH BREWSTER PHOTOGRAPHY.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
River City Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” — a San Marcos holiday tradition for more than a decade — during two matinee performances Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 at the San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center.
Featuring warring rat, toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and a magical sleigh ride to the Land of the Sweets, “The Nutcracker” is directed by Caitlin Kelly whose assemblage of dancers will take the stage for two days only. Company members — who practice an average 15 hours or more each week all year — have been rehearsing “The Nutcracker” two days a week since August, Kelly said.
Miller Middle School eighth-grader Alex Esparza will play the roles of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy and Hill Country Christian School ninth-grader Mikayla Stewart will play the Snow Queen. Other cast includes New Braunfels High School sophomore Paige Perusquia as the Dew Drop Fairy and Dripping Springs High School freeman Logan Dundon as the Nutcracker and the Snow King.
For the second year, the company will perform the musical in its entirety, an ambitious undertaking that includes 15 scenes split between two acts. The San Marcos-based SMART Orchestra performs the ballet’s 17 scores and the San Marcos High School drama department assists with sets, lighting and props.
“The Nutcracker” is a critical annual fundraiser supporting the nonprofit River City Ballet’s youth cultural work in Central Texas throughout the coming year. In addition to ticket sales, money is raised through the sale of sugar plums, chocolate nutcrackers, holiday gifts and other treats at the show. In addition, the ballet’s guild will sell $1 raffle tickets at both shows for a chase to win the leading dancers’ tiaras and the Rat King’s sword.