Giant mice, dancing snowflakes, a growing Christmas tree, and an enchanted nutcracker are sure to delight the inner child in everyone when River Region Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Lafon Performing Arts Center this weekend.
Heidi Adams, creative director of the Nutcracker since 2015, said this year’s production will feature new characters and surprises.
“This show holds such a special place in my heart,” she said. “It’s not Christmas for me without The Nutcracker.”
The show – which features Tchaikocsky’s timeless music and the River Region Ballet’s combination of amazing dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes – will take the stage three times this weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 17, there will be a 11 a.m. Sugar Plum Party showing and a 7:30 p.m. show. On Sunday, Dec. 18, there will be a 2 p.m. matinee.
“The Sugar Plum Party is a family-oriented show,” Adams said. “We shorten it and try to keep it fast-paced for the kids. For a lot of families this becomes their tradition, and everyone gets to go on stage after to meet the characters.”
Corinne Renee’ Mitchell, daughter of David and Nicole Mitchell of Destrehan, will be performing the role of Clara in this year’s Nutcracker production.
Mitchell, a 15 year-old honors sophomore at Destrehan High School, is on the principal’s list and enjoys participating in several clubs and organizations at DHS. She is a member of the Destrehan High School Choir, the Treble Choir, and the Show Choir. A Talented Art student, Mitchell has been dancing for 12 years and has been with River Region Ballet for seven years. She has performed in several RRB, River Region Drama Guild, and school productions, and when she is not performing Mitchell enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and fishing in Grand Isle.
Mitchell started her Nutcracker performances when she was 6 years old as a soldier, and has grown since then into larger roles.
“The role of Clara has always been what I have wanted, and being here today, I can say I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said. “I am especially grateful to my dance teachers who have pushed me and supported me every step of the way.”
The Lafon Center is located at 275 Judge E. Dufresne Pkwy in Luling. For more information and tickets visit lafonartscenter.org.
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