Auditions slated for ‘Nutcracker’
Friday, August 30, 2013
AMHERST – Souhegan Valley Dance Theatre is bringing the beloved holiday tradition of “The Nutcracker” to the Souhegan Valley community.
The company is inviting the dancers and performers, children and adults alike, in the community to audition. Become part of the making of “The Nutcracker.”
Vouli Anthimidou, artistic director of the Souhegan Valley Dance Theatre said, “It has been a few decades since our community has had the opportunity to participate in such a holiday treat. People of the Souhegan Valley had to travel to Manchester or Boston for ‘The Nutcracker.’ By making a production here, not only can we be an audience to it, but be part of the production, as well. It’s an opportunity for all the little ballerinas and princes of our towns.”
Create a holiday celebration for you and your family. The Souhegan Valley Dance Theatre will hold auditions for the children’s cast of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Sept. 7. Children must be 5 years old by the audition date to participate.
Visit www.voulidance.com or call 554-8626 for more information and/or to register for the audition.
The History of The Nutcracker
The inspiration for “The Nutcracker” ballet comes from a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, first published in Germany in 1816, was a dark gothic fairy tale that Tchaikovsky thought at first unsuitable for ballet.
However, in 1890, he was offered the opportunity to compose a ballet based on a newer, French version of the tale adapted by Alexandre Dumas, titled “Casse-Noisette.” Completed in spring 1892, “The Nutcracker” was first performed Dec. 18, 1892 at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Since the New York City Ballet revival in 1954 under the direction of George Balanchine, “The Nutcracker” has become a holiday tradition and continues to grow more popular.