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The Cracked Nut: A Holiday Tradition with a Twist
When the nut cracks the magic begins with snowflake-throwing ballerinas, dancing baklava, jazzy candy canes, hip-hopping gumdrops and other sweets. The CoSA will be showcasing a most unusual take on the Tchaikovsky holiday favorite, The NutCracker.
November 30 at 7 p.m. • December 1 at 7 p.m. • December 2 at 2 p.m.
$14 general admission • $6 students • $10 for seniors/military • 15% off for groups of six or more
Ticket Info: 619.522.4050 x 4
Coronado, CA – When the nut cracks the magic begins with snowflake-throwing ballerinas, Serbian dancing baklava, jazzy candy canes, hip-hopping gumdrops and other sweets. Betzi Roe, Artistic Director, and her Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Dance Company will be showcasing a most unusual take on the Tchaikovsky holiday favorite The NutCracker (think Gangnam style meets ballet), all just a mere hop over the Coronado Bay Bridge for three public performances:
Under the guidance of Roe, CoSA dance students choreographed many of the segments, which feature dance styles alternating between ballet, jazz, hip hop, folk-inspired forms and modern dance. In addition to the CoSA student choreography, CoSA dance faculty and guest artists have added their touches with some tongue-in-cheek tributes to the classic production. Gina Sorenson has created a post-party nightmare at the end of Act I and in Act II, Matt Carney has choreographed a Flowers Waltz in which Dewdrop has an allergy attack. Also featured is a special appearance by the boys of the Morava Folk Ensemble.
The story opens with a family holiday party at the home of teenage Clara. Her uncle Drosselmeyer arrives and brings his magic to the festivities by cracking open a large nut, which reveals a variety of treats. Later, in the Land of Magic, these treats come alive and dance for Clara and these include the flamenco-style Spanish Chocolate, kung-fu Chinese Fortune Cookies, belly-dancing Arabian Coffee, Gumdrops grooving to Annie Lennox’s '80s hit Sweet Dreams are Made of This and other sweets dancing to the music of Yann Tiersen's mix of musical toys and traditional instruments.
"All of the genres of dance blend well together in this imaginative potpourri since this production is about using one's imagination to the fullest. The styles of dance complement each other and make for a surprisingly engaging show," says Roe. Roe’s gifts as a mentor and artistic director shine in this production as she draws extraordinary creativity out of her students and helps them develop the seeds of ideas into entire dances. These CoSA students will be the dancers, choreographers and artistic innovators of the future.
CoSA dance productions always engage and entertain. Previous productions of Roe's re-imagined classics include: Go Ask Alice, Journey to Oz and Flight to Neverland have shown that something truly remarkable is happening in the dance department at CoSA. The Cracked Nut begins with stardust and continues with magic. Don’t miss it.
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About Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA)
CoSA is a public arts conservatory for high school students that embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This pre-professional arts program reaches out to talented students from all over San Diego County and offers a nurturing environment focused on individual growth, opportunity, and diversity.
CoSA is made possible by Coronado School of the Arts Foundation, a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation whose stakeholders are passionate about supporting Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA), improving community awareness of CoSA, and securing funds to perpetuate, improve and expand the school’s programs. CoSA is a public arts conservatory for students in grades 9-12 that embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence, reaching out to talented students from all over San Diego County. For more information on CoSA or the Foundation, call 619.522.4050 or visit www.cosafoundation.org.
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