Nutcracker takes the stage

MARQUETTE- Sugar plum fairies, rat queens and magical toys can only mean The Nutcracker Ballet begins its performances Friday night.

Kaufman Auditorium and Second Skin Shop will present The Nutcracker Ballet, featuring more than 100 dancers from the Marquette community as well as Northern Michigan University. It is a combination of classical ballet and modern dance set to the traditional Nutcracker music by Tchaikovsky, said director Camilla Mingay.

“We have just a couple twists this year,” she said. “PEAK Gymnastics is going to be coming in for the one of our scenes and for the battle scene between the soldiers and the mice we’re adding a little bit of martial arts.”

This is the fifth year that the ballet has been put on. One of the main reasons it has continued to be performed is because the children just love it and keep asking to have it each year, Mingay said.

“Not only do the kids love it, but the adults we have do as well,” she said. “Something new we added this year, is on stage during the Christmas party scene we usually have a decorated Christmas tree, but this year we are going to have adults playing a Christmas tree. So people actually will be dressed up as a real life, animated Christmas tree.”

The Nutcracker begins with the Stahlbaums hosting their annual Christmas Eve party when Drosselmeier arrives with magical gifts and present. As Clara’s godfather, he present her with a beautiful nutcracker. Fritz, her brother, becomes very jealous and breaks the beloved nutcracker. After the party Clara falls asleep with her nutcracker and her magical journey begins.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at any NMU EZTicket Outlet.

For more information, visit or contact Second Skin Shop at 226-2263.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.