Foundry to host ‘Clara and The Nutcracker’

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 “Clara and The Nutcracker,” Yelena Holt’s retelling of the classic holiday story “The Nutcracker Suite” will be shown from Dec. 6-8 at Miners Foundry in Nevada City. 


Holt’s tale of “The Nutcracker” follows Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical journey to a fantastical world of enchanting delights. These scenes are set against the backdrop of Tchaikovsky’s music, plus new colorful costumes and a spectacular set that transports the audience through time. 


“We have more dancers than ever participating this year – over 55,” said Holt, director of the Holt Ballet Conservatory. “The beautiful core work continues to develop as the dancers become more seasoned and this year really represents the best.”


This year’s cast features new dancers along with audience favorites in new roles. Miriam Allen shines in her new role as the Snow Queen, while Krista Yazzolino makes her debut as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Yazzolino studied with the Miami City Ballet and Orlando Ballet schools. 


Returning dancers include Christopher Selbie, as this year’s cavalier. Nora Heiber reprises her role of Herr Drossellmeyer. Eighth-grader Tenaya Anderson returns in the starring role as Clara. 


“Our collaboration with the historic Miners Foundry makes for a great evening, a great experience,” Holt said. “The Miners Foundry is the perfect setting for this holiday tradition.”


The shows on Dec. 6 and 7, a Thursday and Friday, start at 7 p.m. while the show on Saturday, Dec. 8, starts at 1 p.m. For ticket and more information, call 530-265-5040, visit minersfoundry.org or go to Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City.


“Clara and The Nutcracker” will be shown on Dec. 6-8 at Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Photo by Kial James