Video: CU Ballet "The Nutcracker" 2017
CU Ballet celebrates its 20th anniversary
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:32:59 +0000CU Ballet "The Nutcracker" 2017CU Ballet celebrates its 20th anniversaryhttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/7200819?cpt=8&wpid=2637WCIA>>heather: clara and brother are preparing to celebrate the holiday season and hope you will join them. the champaign - urbana that lay is inviting you to the nutcracker. the executive director is here not with clara and fritz but who do we have here? >> we have the girl doll and the boy doll. if you are familiar with the nutcracker, there's a scene where - - brings fritz a nutcracker. he has hisse stalls as his gift clara. the stalls then become alive and dance. >>heather: we will get a sneak peek at that coming up. i want to talk about 20 years. that is exciting! >> that is a long time. >>heather: i know you have things planned for your anniversary where you've been bringing back guest appearances. >> teo ross is stepping in as our mother ginger. mother coley is also coming back. we are also bringing back, i don't want to give it away but a special treat. an audience favor at the end of act one. with clara and the nutcracker. that nice exit, one of our popular moments for our audiences. >>heather: let's talk about this performance. 20 years, such a family favorite. a tradition during the holiday season. why? >> i think it's a great way- - i am speaking for myself from families in the crowd. families are in town, it's a great way to kick off the holiday season . and they've been doing it for years. i also think we do a better job of getting the word out that we are here in champaign and they don't need to drive to st. louis or chicago. they come from all over. >>heather: we were just looking at some of the pictures. it's a magnificent production. we just saw you yesterday mr. urbana choir friend. who knew you had a different hat to put on today. but it's a mask. what do you enjoy about the cu ballet? >> dancing is just a lot of fun. it's enjoyable. there's a lot of great people to dance with and is just an overall andand exciting experience. >>heather: what would be one of your favorite parts of the production? >> hope people take away a love for dance, a love for the nutcracker. it's a family bonding experience going to see the they were part in the nutcracker? difficult. there are a lot of fun parts to play. girl doll is probably really fun to do. >>heather: i wouldn't have expected anything less. i want to remind everyone when the production is and how they can get tickets. >> this weekend, friday-sunday.