of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." She will get her wish this weekend
when the performance returns to the Alex Theatre.
Many other ballet companies, like the Royal Ballet of London, use
this technique, she said.
"In that production, the whole set grows, which shows the
transition to the frightening dream sequence Clara is going to go
through as she goes into battle with the soldiers against the mice
army," she said. "She hits the Mouse King over the head to save her
beloved Nutcracker Prince."
But then, the atmosphere changes to bright and happy again, as
Clara and her prince fly to the Land of Snow and Land of the Sweets.
It's the fourth year the company is presenting the ballet at the
Alex. Consisting of dancers from Ballet Petit dance academy in La
Canada Flintridge, the company had been performing the holiday
special since 1997 at The Lanterman Auditorium. Ballet Petit has been
in La Canada Flintridge since 1956, but Sanzo has owned it since
Dancing in the show are more than 60 students of the academy
ranging from age 6 to 17, as well as the professional Russian
dancers, the Kalinin Dancers, whose five members execute the
exuberant kicks in the "Russian Dance."
The role of Clara is shared by two dancers, Amanda Borland of La
Canada Flintridge and Flannery Huntoon of Los Angeles.
"Amanda as Clara brings an ethereal or dainty quality to her,
while Flannery is a little more down to earth," Sanzo said. "They are
both very good and have potential for going on with their dancing."
Playing the Nutcracker Prince is Scott Boreham, also of La Canada
While he is not a dancer, Sanzo said, he has done some acting and
brings that specialty to his role.
Also new this year, Sanzo said, is the chance to meet the
characters of the ballet at a tea party between the shows on Sunday.
"I hope the community will come and see it and enjoy it and want
to make it a family tradition year after year," she said.
Performances are at 7:30 tonight and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets
range from $22 to $28, $20 to $26 for children 12 and younger. The
tea party will be at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday and tickets are $15. For