The iconic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker is coming to Harris Center for the Arts in two different forms this year. The first will be “Nutcracker Reimagined” this Thursday night.

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This special one night performance is presented by the Folsom Lake College Dance and Music Department. The production will also feature the collaborative talents of the MOSAIC Dance Company and the Folsom Lake College Falcon’s Choir. 

According to the playbill, Nutcracker Reimagined is a magical adventure into the “Land of the Sweets,” following Clara through a diversity of dance styles. The dance numbers will be performed to the works of the Folsom Lake College live choir.

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Directed by Debi Worth, Nutcracker Reimagined blends iconic tradition to steampunk innovation. The many dance styles will range from hip hop to classical ballet, jazz an K-Pop acrobatics. The one night show is described as an perfect opportunities for making memories at an “enchanting experience the whole family can enjoy.”

“The Nutcracker Reimagined at Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center will a modern twist on a traditional classic holiday favorite, “ said Worth. “The Folsom Lake College Dance Department and the Falcon’s Choir have joined forces to collaborate on this production,” Worth explained. “With live vocalizations to the best holiday music, the dance styles range far beyond the classical ballet.”

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The Folsom Lake College Dance Departments involvement in Nutcracker Reimagined features a cast of dancers very diverse in age ranged, skill levels and styles of dance. Some are even new to dance, something that Worth noted truly illustrates the divertsity of sprit that drives the Mosaic dance company.

Worth is the Folsom Lake College Dance Department Chair. A native of nearby El Dorado County, she was the first Dance Department Faculty member at Folsom Lake College. During her career she has been a professional dancer at the Sacramento Music Circus as well as an international touring dancer. Professor Worth has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in dance and is working on her PHD, illustrating her love of dance. 

When it comes to Nutcracker Reimagined, Worth, known to her students as “Miss Debi,” worked in coordination with adjunct instructors Mariia Pechenova (choir) ad Nutcracker Reimagined Artistic Director Julie Wedge of the MuVement Studio in Fair Oaks to stage what she notes is an, “incredible production,” taking the stage for one night only. 

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“This is a Nutcracker like you’ve never seen” added Worth. “Come join the magic of the holiday season. Tickets are now limited so get your fast. We are so excited to usher in the holiday season.”

In addition to all of the unique dance numbers and music, guests can expect to see the arrival of Santa as the show winds down into the night. It’s the start of a busy week ahead for him in Folsom as wel. 

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Thursday night’s show starts at 6:00 p.m. and select tickets are still available. Ticket prices start at $28 and can be purchased at www.harriscenter.net

Following Thursday’s unique version of the age old classic, the Nutcracker will take to the Harris Center Stage in traditional form Dec. 14-17 with an entirely different production.

The latter production will be that of Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet combined with Maestro Peter Jaffe and members of the Folsom Lake Symphony. More information and tickets for this event can also be found on the Harris Center Website. 

Bill Sullivan
Author: Bill Sullivan