Thursday, November 15, 2012

visions of sugarplums...

you may remember last year when i (highly) recommended a local ballet performanceclara's dream.  (if you don't remember or just joined us - welcome - and check it out here.)

well, it's that time of year again and i couldn't be more excited to once again tell you all about a show that is close to my heart.  i danced for 10 years while i was growing up with lebanon ballet school / city center ballet.  my dear friend jen's mom, linda, was (and still is) the artistic director/owner, and we had many friends that danced with us.  ballet was so much fun and we always looked forward to the fall - auditions and rehearsals for the nutcracker.  (kinda makes me look forward to having a daughter someday...)  

jump to today and city center ballet has their very own version of the production they call clara's dream, and my friend jen, who i am endlessly proud of, is the resident choreographer and has made her visions come to life with this ballet.  trust me when i tell you, it's beautiful.

here's a little more info (and pictures) about the performance from city center ballet's website:  "the performance is based on the classic ballet story 'the nutcracker', clara’s dream was created especially for our dedicated upper valley audience. for our 3rd annual production of clara’s dream, we've added an exciting new beginning, delightful costumes and stunning sets. make clara’s dream part of your seasonal traditions. it's the perfect holiday entertainment for adults and children alike."

pretty incredible costumes, right?  they're all...(wait for it)....made by hand!!!!! =)

a little special shout-out must go to linda copp (artistic director and jen's mom) and elizabeth lurie.  they, along with some parent volunteers, design and sew each and every costume themselves.  totally amazing! 


i'm looking foward to see how the genius behind their set design, carl sprague, puts the ballet to life this year.  his designs are incredible.  check out his website for more stuff (including movies!) that he has designed for.

the big highlight this year is that jen has choreographed a new battle scene which includes a 17 foot tall tree (which there's a bit more info about below), as well as some of the classic nutcracker characters - the mice and soldiers!  i can't wait to see the mice costumes - designed by a local artist:  gabriel q.  (check out his website - his masks are amazing!!)

i love that this production has evolved so much in such a short time...and there's still opportunity for more!  this is the 3rd year of clara's dream...and it really is so magical for people of all ages.  you should definitely consider making this one of your holiday season traditions!

and to sweeten the deal, especially if you have little girls, you should totally check out clara's tea.  sit down for a lite bite before the 1:00 or 4:00 performance of clara’s dream.  sample some of the many treats contributed by local bakers and other new hampshire and vermont-based food suppliers, including hot tea and delicious punch—all graciously served by members of the lebanon woman's club and the city center ballet pastry chefs.  there will be visits from dancers in their costumes from clara’s dream. then, head over to the lebanon opera house for the performance immediately following your tea time, where a preferred section of seats will be held for all clara’s tea ticket holders. the opera house is only a short walk from the ballet studio.

so, when is clara's dream?  saturday, december 8th, 2012 at 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00 pm

combined seating for clara’s tea and clara’s dream:
tickets: senior/child: $20 • adult: $25
tickets are only available through their website, and only available until Friday December 7,
or until sold out.  (currently the 11:00am tea is 61% sold out and the 2:30pm tea is 25% sold out.)

tickets for clara's dream:
advance pricing: $15 adults ● $10 seniors and children 12 & under
at the door: $20 adults ● $15 seniors and children
tickets for clara's dream are only available from lebanon opera house box office
at 603-448-0400 or  


not only am i extremely proud to have such a talented friend who choreographed an entire show, but i'm pleased to say that i contributed to this year's performance through a kickstarter fundraiser.  (kickstarter is a way for non-profits to raise funds online for projects with contributions starting at just $1.)  

while i helped city center ballet reach their goal of $3,500 to build the famous growing christmas tree (which is 17 feet tall!), all the generous donors actually surpassed that goal (all the way to $4,257!!!) which made the company able to create even more excitement through costumes and displays.  i shared info about this on my facebook page and will definitely be doing it again next go there to follow me and keep up with what awesome organizations i like to support.

sounds like a fun show and a great organization, dontcha think?!  i may be biased, but i highly recommend going to this...bring your mom or a friend, or drag your husband or boyfriend if you have to, trust me, they'll enjoy's that good!

in nutcrackers and pirouettes,

=) andrea

don't forget to go over to city center ballet's facebook page and 'like' it!

and here's a quick link to mine...go on over and 'like' know you want to! =)

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p.s.  all photos were from city center ballet's facebook page or provided to me to city center ballet.  i was not paid or perked to write this, they are my personal feelings and i wanted to share one of my favorite holiday traditions with you dear readers!

1 comment:

  1. I bought our tickets and suprised my girls tonight. They are so excited!!


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