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Presented by the Charleston Ballet and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: 7:30 Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Clay Center
TICKETS: start at $22 adults, $10 students and children
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Don't expect to see anything really new when the Charleston Ballet and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra present their10th annual performance of "The Nutcracker" in three shows Friday and Saturday. Instead, Kim Pauley said the audience members should watch for what they overlooked in past performances of Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite.
"You can see all three shows and can't possibly see everything that 's there," said Pauley, the ballet's artist director.
That's how she planned it. She said she wanted a rich, full production with nice sets and costumes "so you can see it year after year and say, 'I never saw that before.'"
Before the ballet and symphony collaborated, the Charleston dance troupe performed a shorten version of the two-act ballet to taped music for audiences made up mostly of school children.
At the time, Pauley said she didn't know what to do with the first act of "The Nutcracker," where at a Christmas Eve party of family and friends young Clara, danced this year by Rhiannon Turley, is given a nutcracker by her godfather, a toymaker.
"The first act is not a favorite of mine. There's not much dancing in it," said Pauley. "In the first act, the story is set up, and that is important. But I had seen so many bad versions, and I didn't want to do another one."