?THE NUTCRACKER ENCHANTS AUDIENCES
Tennessee Youth Ballet, under the direction of artistic director Heidi Longwith, recently performed the enchanting Christmas ballet, "The Nutcracker," to capacity crowds at Lee University's Dixon Center during the Christmas season.
"The Nutcracker" tells the story of a girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll by her mysterious godfather on Christmas Eve. Adventure awaits as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince battle the Mouse Queen and embark on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.
Audiences of all ages experienced exciting special effects, including a Christmas tree that "grows" to 40 feet, 200 pounds of "snow" falling during the snow scene, the "boom" of a cannon on stage, and dazzling stage lighting throughout the performances. Thunderous applause, gasps of amazement and heavy laughter could be heard echoing throughout the shows as generations celebrated this wonderful and timeless Cleveland tradition.
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