Cadance Academy Dedicates Nutcracker Performances to Jacqueline Nassar
Gaea Jess, director of Cadance Academy, is excited about this very special show. “We have dedicated this year’s performances to Jacqueline Nassar, who helped Gaea mount the very first production back in 2006 and has been instrumental in coaching and choreographing every year since. Now after all her hard work and dedication to the show and the dancers over the years, she has retired and will be enjoying the show from the audience. We are so grateful to have been able to work with her and take her ideas and inspirations to where she envisioned them. We are really excited to honour Jacqueline’s choreography by bringing back the original “Snowflakes” dance. Also, the Waltz of the Flowers is en pointe this year, which Jacqueline had always wanted to do when she choreographed the piece in the past.”
This year’s cast includes the return of local dancer Izaak Oulton as the Nutcracker, the debut of Netanya Backhouse as Clara, and Erinn Nafthal as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Other lead roles that are returning are Layla Beaton, as the Mouse King, Ward MacDonald, as Drosselmeyer, and Kara Friesen, a Cadance Academy alumna, has returned to dance the role of the Snow Queen.
Festival Theatre, Wolfville
7:00pm on Saturday, December 8 and 2:00pm on December 9
Tickets available from Cadance Academy (902-679-3616) as well as Wild Lily in Wolfville: $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and children.