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Friday, December 5, 2008

Magic, Wonder on Display in Local Production of Nutcracker

Dreams and adventure abound with the Grand Junction Symphony's first local production of The Nutcracker. With its colorful sets, imaginative storyline, dazzling costumes and local dancers, it's a must-see event for the entire family.

Participating organizations: Western Slope Chamber Music Series, the Institute of the Dancing Arts.

Number of musicians: 40.

Number of dancers: 75.

Style: Traditional with a kid-friendly emphasis.

Choreography: Diane Revie, Institute of the Dancing Arts’ artistic director.

Special performers: University of Colorado and Denver University music doctorate and masters candidate students. Guest dancers Alex Speedie from North Carolina and Alisha Clubb from Nebraska.

Lead dancers: Rachel Worth, Jaime Bourget, Leroy Donegan, Rosemarie Mientka and Alex Speedie.

Length: Less than two hours.

Preparation: 10 years. That’s how long Revie said she’s been building up her dance studio and dancers to the quality she said she thinks “The Nutcracker” deserves. Conductor Tyme Mientka attended dance rehearsals with a metronome and memorized the dancers’ speeds long before the orchestra began rehearsals.

Costumes: Nearly 150 detailed costumes — tiny yellow lollipop leotards to the fantastic hand–stitched beading and sequins on tutus — made by Revie and dance studio volunteers.

Favorite scene: The Grand Pas de Deux, said Howard Revie, Institute of the Dance Arts’ executive director. “It almost makes you cry.”

Performances: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, (sold out) at the Montrose Pavilion.

Tickets: For the Grand Junction performances: $20 in advance for adults, $22 at the door; $15 in advance for children 12 and under and $17 at the door. Tickets can be bought in advance at Roper Music in Grand Junction, Over the Edge Sports in Fruita, Finishing Touch in Delta, Hardin’s Natural Foods in Hotchkiss and Paonia Farm and Home or online at The Montrose performance is sold out.

More information: or call 256-0775.

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