HH-2017: St. Paul Ballet to perform 'Clara's Dream' from "The Nutcracker"

courtesy of St. Paul Ballet • Based on the original story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by ETA Hoffman, St. Paul Ballet has reimagined the story, but with Clara as the star.

From St. Paul Ballet, “Clara’s Dream” from “The Nutcracker” returns Dec. 1 for the second time at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine’s University. “Clara’s Dream” tells the tale of Clara’s journey from adolescence to adulthood with Minnesota professional dancers, spectacular sets and a dream that will linger long after the curtain closes — all in 90 minutes.

After a successful transition from Macalester College’s Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center to the bigger stage and audience of the O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul Ballet will bring the fresh scenery designed last year by Anne Henly, along with new costumes, a larger cast, and the same beloved story to audiences this year, kicking off the winter holiday season. Performances are:

• Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. (There is a Talk Back with the Company: Immediately following the Saturday and Sunday matinees, meet Clara, the Soldier General and the Sugar Plum Fairy.)

Tickets range from $20 to $35 and are available through The O’Shaughnessy website, www.oshag.stkate.edu or by calling the box office at 651-690-6700.

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