PHOTOS: Naples Academy of Ballet turns in elegant 'Nutcracker'

Chinese Soloist Megan Morrow and dancers enchant the audience. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

Chinese Soloist Megan Morrow and dancers enchant the audience. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

— The Naples Academy of Ballet premiered its 2011 production of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Gulf Coast High School. A second performance will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

"The Nutcracker" is based upon the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” written by E. T. A. Hoffman. Though changed over the years since original conception, it is the story of a German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a mouse king with seven heads.

The Naples Academy of Ballet production featured Lily Maulsby as the young version of Clara and Taylor Dutcher as the elder. Guest dancer Nathan Bland starred as the Nutcracker Prince.

A cast of more than 70 dancers performed to many of the most beloved orchestral creations of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The audience was enchanted with the majesty and finesse of the dancers, which was directed and choreographed by Naples Academy of Ballet artistic director Christophe Maraval.

Many parents and volunteers worked to help put on the production. Production coordinator is Marilo Campos with costumes by Nancy Robles. The stage manager is Bruce Gray.

For information and tickets, please contact the Naples Ballet at 239-732-1000 or

A previous version of this article indicated that Naples Academy of Ballet founder Toshiko Tompkins was the director of "The Nutcracker." Christophe Maraval directed and choreographed the show.

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