Nutcracker Sets the Stage for Christmas at Washingtonville HS
Washingtonville and surrounding area students put on two performances of the Nutcracker and Holiday Showcase at Washingtonville High School last weekend. The shows were perfectly executed despite the unexpected snow storm cancelling a full day of rehearsals.
Every year NYPAC writes its own take on the famous ballet. This year, the theme was the Polar Express Nutcracker. The 25-foot train that rolled out on stage was magical, parents said. Other years saw the Nutcracker combined with well known stories such as Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, which the choreographers and senior dancers said keeps the audiences and the company excited each year. Last weekend’s performances had over 200 dancers involved, some as young as three years old in Rudolph and the Christmas Cookies. Traditional Nutcracker soloists, danced by senior dancers, such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Waltz of the Snow, Dew Drops, Arabian and Chinese dancers, were crowd favorites. “The award winning XTreme Kickline could easily be mistaken for the Radio City Rockettes,” parent Toni Picone said.
The competition team will next be seen in New Jersey at two different springtime talent showcases. In May, the entire studio will put on its eleventh annual spring show “Under The Big Top” at Washingtonville High School. For now, the dance company helped usher in the festive Christmas season with classic dance mixed with contemporary creativity.
CAPTION 1: The lead roles in the Nutcracker and the Holiday Showcase. (Photo provided)
CAPTION 2: The entire dance company. (Photo provided)