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‘The Nutcracker’ returns to Nashville

Step ‘n’ Time Dance Studio and Crown Theatre will open their biennial presentation of “The Nutcracker” this weekend in Nashville. The cast for the classic Christmas ballet includes adults and youngsters from Barry, Eaton and Ionia counties. Though presented every other year, each show has something different, even from one weekend to the next. “We are always refreshing the show, so it’s never the same,” studio owner Kim Rodriguez said. Shows will be Dec, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 8, 14 and 15 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Crown Theatre, home of The Revue, 301 N. Main St., Nashville. Tickets may be reserved at https://thenashvillerevue.seatyourself.biz or by calling 616-902-4193 for more information. Here, the 2017 cast brings the party scene to life. (File photo)

 

Few stories have stood the test of time like the story of Clara and the Nutcracker. But since its premiere in 1892, the popularity of the Tchaikovsky ballet has never waned, rather, it’s become part of the Christmas tradition for many families. Step ‘n’ Time Dance Studio will be again present “The Nutcracker” Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15 in Nashville.

“It’s so important to me to continue to bring unique opportunities to dance students, as well as our community at large,” studio owner Kim Rodriguez said. “A lot of people have preconceived notions about ballet, and we are here to remind them that ballet can be enjoyed by everyone. And it’s always easier when you know a student or two.”

Considering the program is made up of students from all over Barry, Eaton and Ionia counties, finding a familiar face on stage won’t be hard, she said. This is Step ‘n’ Time’s fifth production of the ballet since 2012, and its popularity continues to grow with each new interpretation. 

“We are always refreshing the show, so it’s never the same,” Rodriguez said. “This year we have several new characters, costumes and interpretations of the music. It’s a classic, so some things should never be changed, of course, but I love the challenge of finding ways to make it new and fresh.”

Performances will take place Dec, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 8, 14 and 15 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Crown Theatre, home of The Revue, 301 N. Main St., Nashville.

Tickets may be reserved at https://thenashvillerevue.seatyourself.biz or by calling 616-902-4193 for more information.

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