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March 4, 2024

Agape Dance Academy presents petite ‘Nutcracker’ in Scotts Valley

Grab your tutus and get en pointe for Agape Dance Academy’s dual renditions of the seasonal favorite, “The Nutcracker.” 

Under the leadership of Agape’s Melanie Useldinger, there will be two versions of the classic ballet for the community: one petite rendition will be performed at Scotts Valley Community Theater on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10am and noon, and the traditional, full-length show will be featured at Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theater on Dec. 20 and 21. 

This petite “Nutcracker” brings a storybook first act where Clara and the Staulbaum family have a Christmas party at their house, and Clara is given the special Nutcracker doll from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer.

“The Nutcracker” features dazzling costumes, stunning choreography and beautiful sets. (Courtesy of Melanie Useldinger)

As Clara sleeps that night, we are transported with her through her dreams of dancing with a real-life Nutcracker, fighting with a Mouse Queen and ushered on a spectacular sleigh into the beautiful land of the Snowflakes and then onto the Candy Kingdom. There, we meet the sweets in dances, including Spanish Chocolate, Ribbon Candy, Chinese Tea, Arabian Coffee and more in dazzling costumes, stunning choreography and beautiful sets.

“The vision for this local, petite production of ‘The Nutcracker’ is a brilliant rendition of the beloved holiday classic, especially created for young families. It features a shortened length and affordable ticket prices compared to the full-length version,” Useldinger said. 

In addition, the Scotts Valley rendition includes an interactive lobby experience where children can meet the dancers, learn a few steps, get pictures with Clara on her magnificent sleigh and sip on hot cocoa with friends and family.

Interested in bringing the arts and a little petite holiday spirit to those you love? Visit tickettailor.com/events/agapedance/1048874 for more information on the condensed version of “The Nutcracker,” or cabrillovapa.universitytickets.com/w/Default.aspx?search=agape for the full rendition of the ballet.

Christina Wise
Christina Wise
Christina Wise covers politics, education, art & culture, and housing issues. She has a degree in Communication from San Diego State University, and has lived in the San Lorenzo Valley since 1996. She's a community advocate and a mother of two.

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