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Tewksbury Dancers Featured In Classic 'Nutcracker' Ballet

Oct 27, 2014 04:02PM ● By Bill Gilman

Six Tewksbury dancers are performing in the Northeast Dance Center production of 'The Nutcracker.' Back Row, from left, are Emily Vincent, MaryCate Cassidy, Meghan Anderson. Front Row, from left, are Brenna Cassidy, Olivia Lafreniere, and Vanessa Flynn

It’s that time of year again: Nutcracker performances are happening. The trees are growing, the mice and soldiers are battling, the snow is falling and the dancers are entertaining.

However one production promises to hold true to some traditions, but also will present some exciting changes.   Northeast Dance center (NDC) is continuing the tradition of performing Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” that New England Civic Ballet (NECB) began 15+ years ago at Merrimack College.  Northeast Dance Center’s performances will be Friday, December 12 at 7:30 PM, Saturday December 13 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM, and Sunday December 14 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered by phone (978-758-7160) or on their website   Adults $25 and children/seniors are $22.  Group rates are available, please call for details. 

There are five remarkably talented Tewksbury dancers performing as part of the Nutcracker cast this year  --  Emily Vincent, MaryCate Cassidy, Meghan Anderson, Brenna Cassidy, Olivia Lafreniere, and Vanessa Flynn.

Northeast Dance Center (NDC) has emerged from the closing of New England Civic Ballet (NECB).   Mrs. Roshni Pecora, owner and director of NDC, previously served as co-director, coach and dancer for NECB She has continued the tradition of opening auditions to any dancer throughout the region. 

The Nutcracker represents tradition for so many.  For the audience, it heralds in the December Holidays and delights the audience as the skilled dancers in their beautiful costumes perform this time-honored production. For the performers it challenges them and provides the opportunity to connect with their community. New roles, choreography and changes will happen to keep the audience surprised, but the quality of the production continues under Pecora’s leadership.  

So save the date and order your tickets now. You will be continuing, or starting, your tradition of seeing a beautiful, high-quality performance of this classical ballet.  Enjoy the young dancers in the party scene as they receive their gifts and are delighted watching Drosselmeyer’s creation of life size dolls.  Experience wonder as the tree grows to enormous proportions and feel the emotions as Clara’s gift comes to life to protect her from the evening mice.  Travel with her and the Nutcracker Prince through the snowy forest to the Land of Sweets where angels herald their arrival, the SugarPlum Fairy comes out to welcome them, and dancers representing sweets from various lands entertain them.  But is it real?   Is Clara now the Nutcracker’s princess?  Or is it all a dream?   Buy a ticket to a Northeast Dance Center’s performance, sit back and enjoy the show, and decide for yourself.  

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