The Nutcracker

Emma Cahalane of Lodi will be performing as part of “The Nutcracker Ballet” on Dec. 2.

Emma Cahalane of Lodi will be performing as part of “The Nutcracker Ballet” on Dec. 2.

Cahalane will be in the roles of Party Girl and Chinese.

The performance is Dec. 2nd at the Waunakee High School Performing Arts Center.

The Nutcracker is presented by Midwest Performing Arts and “Discover the Dream.” The cast of this production is represented by 102 dancers ages 5 to adult from the Waunakee, Madison, Middleton, DeForest, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Cottage Grove, Prairie du Sac, Dane, Lodi, Verona, and Lake Mills communities.

According to a Midwest Performing Arts release, the performances are family-friendly and centered on the youth performers. Along with the local cast, Professional Guest Artist Ryan Galloway of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago will be performing as the Mouse King and Arabian male lead.

Join Clara, danced by Emma Brezenski of Waunakee, on her magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. The story begins on Christmas Eve in the home of the Silberhaus family. All of Clara’s friends attend the party and her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings magical gifts including a toy Nutcracker for Clara. The Nutcracker comes to life and takes Clara on a journey past the exciting and funny battle between the Mice and Toy Soldiers, through the Land of Snow and to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Sugar Fairies, Mother Ginger and the Bon Bons, the Arabian, Chinese, Russian, Marzipan and Waltz of the Flowers all dance for her.

The performances are both on Saturday Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Waunakee High School Performing Arts Center, 301 Community Dr.

Tickets are $15 for children under 12 and $20 for adults. They are on sale now at Midwest Performing Arts website, www.mpadance.com.

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