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Columbia City Ballets Nutcracker coming to Coastal

November 2, 2004

The Nutcracker one of the most beloved ballets of all time, will be presented by the Columbia City Ballet Thursday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 19 in Wheelwright Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. both days. Tickets are $20 for adults and free to students under the age of 18.

This classic Tchaikovsky ballet is about a young girl named Clara whose wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and takes her on a magical journey, a peek into a childs dream filled with dancing fairies, toy soldiers and mouse armies.

For this perennial holiday favorite, Columbia City Ballet artistic director William Starrett has assembled a cast of world-class dancers, including medalists and former members of the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet. The cast of the production also features young dancers from the Grand Strand community who auditioned for the performance.

The Nutcracker is performed more times and for more people than any other ballet in the companys history. The Columbia City Ballet has performed it since 1966. The companys production features elaborate costumes and sets that include 100 pounds of snow made of Mylar and glitter.

The event is sponsored by HTC, Santee Cooper and Wachovia.

For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.