The Nutcracker: Creating a Family Tradition in the Lake Country Area

At MainStage Academy of Dance, Artistic Director Eddy Bray’s mission is to “impact lives through the art of dance.” Although a seemingly simplistic purpose, his message has reached far beyond his dance studio. The Nutcracker production has had a positive impact not only on the lives of his dancers, but the lives of so many Lake Country Area families. 
It has been the tradition with all MainStage Nutcracker productions that non-perishable food items are collected and donated to the local food pantry. One dollar from every ticket sold is split between Lake County Free Clinic, which offers medical assistance to the uninsured, and Urgent Needs Fund, providing help to the homeless in the area. Both agencies are located in Oconomowoc. This is one way MainStage gives back to the community.

The Nutcracker: Creating a Family Tradition in the Lake Country Area 

December 18th, 19th and 20th, 2015
Oconomowoc Arts Center



The Nutcracker: Creating a Family Tradition in the Lake Country Area • The Lake Country Mom

The Nutcracker Ballet is a beloved holiday favorite. A young girl is swept into a fantasy adventure when her Christmas gift comes to life. Among the ballet’s most memorable moments is the epic battle scene between the toy soldiers, an evil mouse king, his fellow mice, and the Nutcracker.

Then the Sugar Plum Fairy’s court dazzles audiences with beautiful dancers showcasing ethnic dances from around the world, including a clever Chinese Lion. The grand pas de deux with Clara and her Prince is breathtaking. Hand embellished costumes from the Republic of Moldova, along with falling snow, adds to Director Bray’s interpretation of the original Nutcracker.

This production is in its sixth year. It will delight audiences of all ages. With Tchaikovsky’s entrancing musical score, a lovely, graceful Clara (portrayed by Emma Johnson) will dance with her Cavalier Prince (portrayed by Alex Meeth) while the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer (portrayed by Director Bray) and the spirited dancing of MainStage Academy of Dance Youth Ballet Performance Group will captivate your hearts in a performance you won’t forget.

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Come see the magic that exists in true fairytales. We invite you to make it a family tradition!


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