Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

December 8, 2011

Dance Prism 'Nutcracker' steps into Collins Center

Dance Prism, a New England touring ballet company, will return for performances in Andover the weekend of Dec. 17 and 18.

The company is in 29th season of performing The Nutcracker, with performances in Fall River, Natick, Littleton, Worcester and Andover from Nov. 27 until its last performing, in Andover, on Dec. 18.

The performance follows Clara's magical journey from a traditional 19th century Christmas party through a fantastic battle of toy soldiers and giant mice and a voyage through the ethereal kingdom of Snow, arriving finally at the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy where sweets from all lands come to life and dance in her honor. The strains of Tchaikovsky's familiar music accompany a growing Christmas tree, a reindeer-drawn sleigh amidst a swirling snowstorm, and the clash of swords as a menacing Rat King battles the valiant Nutcracker Prince. More than 350 costumes enhance a cast of 140 that includes the professional dancers, apprentices of the company and aspiring ballet students drawn from statewide open auditions, including some from Andover.

Tickets are $16 for children and seniors, $22 for adults; group discounts are offered. Seating is reserved; handicapped seating is available and easily accessible. For all performances, tickets are available online at danceprism.com or at 978-371-1038.

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