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Local Dancers To Perform In NDC's Production Of 'The Nutcracker'

Dec 06, 2016 09:36AM ● By Bill Gilman
 For young ballet dancers, there are certain productions they dream of performing in during their careers.
Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle.
But if it is the Christmas season, there is one ballet that tops the list -- Tchaikovski's "The Nutcracker."
The story tells of Clara, a young girl who receives a handsomely carved nutcracker as a gift from her uncle on Christmas Eve. That night, the Nutcracker grows to man-size and comes to life, leading Clara on a magical adventure involving Sugar Plum Faeries, Toy Soldiers, a wicked Mouse King and much more.
The Northeast Dance Center will be presenting their production of the classic tale, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at he Methuen Performing Arts Center at Methuen High School.
The cast for the show includes several local dancers, who have been working hard since September to make this production of "The Nutcracker" a magical part of the Christmas season for families of the Merrimack Valley.
Rose Marinucci, 12, of Dracut, will be dancing The Nutcracker with NDC for the second year. The 7th grader at Richardson School, who dances with NDC throughout the year, will be dancing the roles of a Polichinelle and a Party Guest.
Vanessa Flynn, 14, and Ariana Perron, 13, both 9th graders at the Wynn School in Tewksbury, are Nutcracker veterans, each having danced in the NDC production for the past few years. Vanessa will be dancing as a Soldier, an Angel and a Candy Cane. Ariana will be dancing as Chinese Tea, a Soldier and a Party Guest.
"It takes up a lot of your Sundays (for rehearsals) but it's worth it," said Vanessa.
Ariana and Vanessa have also served as unofficial recruiters for the show. Hannah Grace, 13, and Elizabeth Kenneally, 13, both of Tewksbury, had watched their friends perform in The Nutcracker in years past and were convinced to audition themselves.
 Hanna, an 8th grader at the Wynn School, will dance as a Soldier and an Angel. Elizabeth, a 7th Grader at the Innovation Academy, will dance as a Candy Cane, Angel and Soldier.
Another newcomer this year is Gianna Flynn, 11, a 5th grader at the Ryan School in Tewksbury. She will be dancing as a Party Guest.
"I wanted to do it this year because I had watched (older sister) Vanessa dance in the last couple of years," said Gianna.
The Nutcracker will be performed twice this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11. Showtimes are 1 p.m. each day. There are tickets still available for each show. Click here to order online.


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