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Corpus Christi Ballet to present ‘Nutcracker’ at Selena Auditorium
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The Corpus Christi Ballet will present two weekends of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at the Selena Auditorium in the American Bank Center. The production will feature a lavishly costumed cast of more than 140 dancers and actors, elaborate scenery and magical special effects.

Joining the large cast will be professional guest artists Yosbel Delgado from Cuba, Michael Levine, from Pensylvania and Seth McPhail from Houston. Shannon Cruz will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy, Elizabeth Hooper, the Snow Queen and Xavier Barrera will be the eccentric Dr. Drosselmeyer.

Changes in cast, new choreography and some brand-new costumes will enhance this year’s colorful production.

The larger-than-life character of Mother Ginger will have a whole new look, with a huge traveling frame and elaborate new costume. Four well-known local personalities will alternate in this well-loved role, making cameo performances.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, Bo Atterberry, head coach at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Javalinas, will appear as Mother Ginger. Playing the role on Sunday, the 12th, will be Shelly Parks, public relations director for H-E-B. James Ragan, founder of Triumph Over Kid’s Cancer, will be Mother Ginger on Saturday, Dec. 18, and on Sunday, the 19th, Katia Uriate, KIII’s evening news anchor, will play the role.

The coveted role of Clara, the young girl who lives her dream, will be danced by four talented local dancers. Breanna Barrera (11th), Lori Hunsaker (12th), Jessica Eckardt (18th) and Alexa Alley (19th).

From her family living room, Clara is transported on a magical sleigh through the lovely Snow Forest to the Kingdom of Sweets, a fantasy land filled with colorful characters from around the world.

Performances are set for Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets for this family weekend will be half price with tickets ranging from $6.50-$16.50. The following weekend will be a gala weekend with The Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra. Tickets for this weekend range from $11.50-$31.50. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster outlets and the American Bank Center ticket office.

A wonderful cast will make this ballet come to life for the start of the holiday season.

“The Nutcracker” is a spectacular event for the whole family to enjoy.
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