JC Ballet will present 'The Nutcracker'

  The Johnson City Ballet Company will present the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" Dec. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Theatre, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home.
  The performance marks the 25th year in which the company's executive directors, Susan Pace and Traci Honeycutt, have been involved in the local production. This year's performance will feature guest dancers from the Buffalo (N.Y.) City Ballet.
  "The Nutcracker" is the turn-of-the-century tale of a young girl, Clara, who is taken to an enchanted kingdom ruled by a Sugar Plum Fairy. The story by German author E.T.A. Hoffman is set to the glorious musical compositions of Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky. The dances are choreographed by Pace and Honeycutt.
  They began their involvement in "The Nutcracker" for a forerunner to the local ballet company called the Inter-City Ballet Company. It was owned by Pace's mother, Wilma Holloway Pace, and her aunt, Reese Holloway Toohey.
  In one of her earliest involvements with the production, Susan Pace performed the part of Mrs. Silberhaus, Clara's mother, and that of the Spanish dancer. Honeycutt, then a ballet student, portrayed a child attending the Silberhaus Christmas party. At the time, the production was presented in both Kingsport and Johnson City.
  More than 50 local dancers will participate in this year's performance. The role of Clara will be shared by Hannah Miller, a seventh-grader at Ashley Academy, and Katie Darden, a sixth-grader at Indian Trail Middle School.
  Marvin Askew, executive director of the Buffalo City Ballet and a frequent instructor at the Johnson City Ballet Company, will portray the Cavalier and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. The roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen will be performed by dancers from the Buffalo City Ballet.
  General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12. They can be purchased at the door or at Centre Stage on Mountcastle Drive.
  For more information, call 926-4468.