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'Nutcracker' performance at Gulf Coast High School

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Mother Ginger, played by Cindy Permuy, leads her tiny clowns, called Polichinelles, onto the stage. The Pre-Ballets tip-toeing behind Mother Ginger include Angelina Billig, Lauren Connel, Sornesha Estima, Amelia Jones, Havana Layton, Emma Moody, Mary-Catherine O'Brien, Seraphina Schmieding, Sophie Sinberg, Ashley Vensel and Finley Wheeler.

Photo by Bob Mooney

Mother Ginger, played by Cindy Permuy, leads her tiny clowns, called Polichinelles, onto the stage. The Pre-Ballets tip-toeing behind Mother Ginger include Angelina Billig, Lauren Connel, Sornesha Estima, Amelia Jones, Havana Layton, Emma Moody, Mary-Catherine O'Brien, Seraphina Schmieding, Sophie Sinberg, Ashley Vensel and Finley Wheeler. Photo by Bob Mooney

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  • Mother Ginger, played by Cindy Permuy, leads her tiny clowns, called Polichinelles, onto the stage. The Pre-Ballets tip-toeing behind Mother Ginger include Angelina Billig, Lauren Connel, Sornesha Estima, Amelia Jones, Havana Layton, Emma Moody, Mary-Catherine O'Brien, Seraphina Schmieding, Sophie Sinberg, Ashley Vensel and Finley Wheeler.

Photo by Bob Mooney
  • After arriving in the Land of Sweets, the Sugar Plum Fairy invites everyone to dance for Clara and the Prince in celebration of the Prince's victory over the Mouse King. An entire garden of flowers with candy petals arrives to perform the "Waltz of the Flowers" for Clara and the Prince. The dance was led by soloist, Taylor Dutcher, who stands elegantly in the center among the bed of flowers.

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  • The Sugar Plum Fairy returns with her cavalier for a slow, graceful dance in which he lifts her high in soaring arcs over his head. Guest dancers Simon Sliva and Hiroko Sakakibara were cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. Hiroko poses elegantly in the arms of Simon.

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  • After the Nutcracker turns into a prince, he takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes. Clara and the Snow Queen are posing in arabesque next to the Snow Prince while the snowflakes pose gracefully in a circle around them.

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  • The Nutcracker Prince (Cort Larson) bows down to Clara (Megan Morrow) to thank her for her help and bravery in the battle against the Mouse King and the mice that occurred in Clara's living room.

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  • A Russian dance was among one of the dances performed for Clara and the Prince in the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In order from right to left, Taylor Dutcher, Kevin Morrow, and Sabrina Philipp perform the Russian dance with grace and dignity.

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  • During the Stahlbaum's Christmas Eve party, Herr Drosselmeyer, played by Israel Rodriguez, entertains the children with gifts and magic tricks. He surprises Clara (Megan Morrow) with a toy Nutcracker. The children and the adults surround Drosselmeyer in awe as they watch him show off the toy Nutcracker.

Photo by Bob Mooney

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