Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents “The Nutcracker” featuring Texture Contemporary Ballet
The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, Greensburg
724-836-8000 or www.thepalacetheatre.org
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(Greensburg, PA) The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents two performances of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, featuring Texture Ballet School and guest dancers from Texture Contemporary Ballet on Saturday, December 10 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Maria Sensi Sellner will conduct the performances.
“The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a trip to see the Nutcracker. There are so few live orchestral versions performed, it’s truly a rare treat to experience Tchaikovsky’s score performed the way he intended it – with the full orchestra and further brought to life with the beautiful choreography, sets and talented dancers from Texture Ballet,” said Natalie Ann Kasievich, Executive Director of the WSO.
The Nutcracker will feature choreography by Texture Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Director and founder, Alan Obuzor. The role of Clara will be performed by Talia Milani and Lila Rose Silowash. Isabel Pascarella will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince will be performed by Ethan Wahl and Jonah Rensi. Professional dancers include Alan Obuzor as the cavalier, Christopher Bandy, Abigrace Diprima, Elaina Sutula and Sophie Powell.
“The Nutcracker is often the first ballet performance that many people attend, also it is frequently the first performing opportunity for young ballet students. I love that we are able to continue to share this tradition with future generations. It is wonderful every year to see the breathtaking music, the engaging story, and the beautiful choreography, standing the test of time and bringing audiences and artists back every year wanting more,” said Alan Obuzor, Texture Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director.
The Nutcracker originally premiered in the 19th century and remains a holiday favorite. This timeless classic follows the young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they are swept away on an enchanting adventure, led by the mysterious Drosselmeyer and Lady Silberhaus. During this epic journey, they join forces with soldiers to battle the evil Rat Queen and her entourage of mice and travel to a breathtaking winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes. When they finally enter the magical Land of the Sweets, Clara is introduced to the land’s many vibrant characters, dazzled by waltzing flowers, and captivated by the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.