By Kristina McClellin
As the holiday season ramps up into full swing, the city of Davis staff, volunteers and cast members are making their final adjustments in preparation for the 37th annual production of the “Davis Children’s Nutcracker.”
The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without the local production of the classic tale of Clara and her precious nutcracker.
December may not bring snow to Davis, but residents can always count on a flurry of Snowflakes dancing down the aisles during the show. This holiday-time tradition has a cast of nearly 250 children between the ages of 6 and 12, and features roles from the classic story like party guests, mice and soldiers, as well as Davis originals like clowns, insects, gnomes and Hawaiian dancers.
This year, the show will feature a new look and dance for the Hawaiians, as well as updates to the Chinese dancers, flowers and several other groups.
The Sugar Plum Fairy and Forest Fairy — this year danced by Kyla Burmester and Gabriela Acosta, respectively — are sure to delight the audience.
And don’t forget the highly anticipated Mother Marshmallow, played by one of our own enthusiastic staff, who will dance with the Sweets.
The ever-changing cast of young dancers involved helps this annual event stay fresh and fun for talented director Ann Smalley.
The “Davis Children’s Nutcracker” also has 70 volunteers and staff who graciously give their time creating new dance numbers for the cast, preparing and fixing costumes, setting up the stage and running the show. Most of these individuals were once part of the production themselves.
Performances will run Dec. 18-22 at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St.
Tickets are $15 each and will be available for sale to the public beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Community Services Office, 600 A St., Suite C. A maximum of six tickets is allowed.
— Kristina McClellin is a Community Services supervisor for the city of Davis.