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Snowflakes & mice: Walkerdance to perform its 35th annual ‘Nutcracker’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 

Walkerdance Ballet Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary performance of "The Nutcracker." / Emily Lewis, Special to the Times-News

Walkerdance Ballet Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary season of “The Nutcracker.”
“I think in Alamance County, ‘The Nutcracker’ has become a holiday tradition that people who have brought their children are now bringing their grandchildren,” said Ann Bradey Sapp, “The Nutcracker’s” artistic director. “It’s such a magical show, and for two hours people can relax and get in the Christmas spirit.”
The familiar ballet opens with Clara (Lillian Bacigalupo/Carrington White) and her family hosting a party, which her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer (Albert Guzman) attends. He brings a variety of strange and mysterious items, including a lifesize porcelain doll (Abigail Cline) and toy soldier (Kayla Saychien). However, the most special toy of all is the beautiful nutcracker he gives to Clara. After the guests and the family have gone to bed, Clara sneaks down to the living room to look for her precious nutcracker. Before she knows it, she is being attacked by mice and their Mouse King (Carter King). Clara is led through the beautiful snow forest with the Snow Queen (Hannah King) and all of her beautiful snowflakes.
“My most favorite scene to choreograph is Snow,” Sapp said. “It has so many different sections and steps that come and go throughout the 10-minute dance. There are adagio parts and allegro parts that form this blizzard toward the end of the piece. It’s great to get inspiration from other years and then weave a little bit of my own into the choreography.”
Lillian Bacigalupo, 10, and Carrington White, also 10, will be sharing the role of Clara this year. (Bacigalupo will perform in the Dec. 16 show and Dec. 17 matinee, and White will do the night show on Dec. 17 and the Dec. 18 matinee.)
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Things To Do (week of Dec. 5, 2016)

Downtown Ice Skating Rink, Dec. 2-20 on the lawn of Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham. Free. For hours and more information, visit or call 336-513-5510.

FOX 8/Old Dominion Triad Holiday Concert featuring The Greensboro Symphony, 7 p.m. Friday, Williams High School, 1307 S. Church St., Burlington. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free with donations of canned food to benefit The Salvation Army.

Christmas Trivia Night, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Thataways Youth Center, 1331 Overbrook Rd., Burlington. Free. Four rounds of family friendly trivia and four slices of pizza and four drinks for $8. 336-222-5134.

‘Grinch’ is a sensational sensory treat for all ages

Reviewed by Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

   DURHAM — A fun-filled storybook comes to life on the stage with larger-than-life characters, and the true meaning of Christmas all wrapped into a happy holiday present: “How The Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical” is now performing at the Durham Perfoming Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St.
It’s the classic Dr. Seuss tale of the Grinch (Philip Bryan), a cranky Christmas cynic, and his mission to put an end to the persistent cheer of the holiday-loving Whos. Perched on the tip top of Mount Crumpit, he and his loyal canine companion, Max (Andreas Wyder), look over the bustling Whoville and ponder their joy. Naturally, Young Max is innocently caught up in the excitement, while the Grinch expresses his profound dislike for both the Whos and all things Christmas. After much thought and unpleasant reminiscing, the green grouch decides on a innovative yet terrible method for stopping the menace of the holiday — he, the Grinch, will steal Christmas. But what he least expects is for young Cindy Lou Who (Danielle Guilbot) to come along and maybe, just maybe, steal his heart instead.
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