Christmas Eve at the Nutcracker Club
, is a fanciful yet reverent sketch of Christmas Eve, set in a 1940's USO Hall, in the imaginary town of Rockwell. Featuring the talents of our youth and advanced dancers, as well as guest artists and singers, the show contains a variety of Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern dance; and a range of music from Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to Mannheim Steamroller.
Our story begins as Sergeant Kristopher bids farewell to his beloved wife to report for duty. Mist and Snow swirl gracefully across the landscape;and the Skaters glide around Rockwell pond. Party goers arrive for the Christmas Eve party at the Nutcracker Club. They are entertained by the Rockwell Dance Theater,featuring classical variations from the traditional Nutcracker Ballet;and treated to a medley of 40's songs by officers attending. Nurse Clara shares the classic, “The Night Before Christmas’ with the children. When left alone, Sergeant Kristopher reminisces of his girl back home.At the end of the evening, the guests exchange gifts, and leave the hall to the quiet of the glowing “Candelabra”.
But once the candles are out...the real fun begins! Mischievous elves scurry to fill the stockings. And the ornaments, toys and decorations come to life. Act II includes, the spicy Gingerbread Cookies, the the Tinsel dance, as well as a powerful modern work to “Carol of the Bells. Finally, “Standing with Angels”, a choreographic tribute to the men and women of the armed services, who have sacrificed so much.