Nutcracker ballet graces the Kaufman stage

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Charley Thomas as the Snow Queen. Courtesy of Camilla Mingay.

 by Jim Pennell

The Nutcracker Ballet has long been a holiday tradition for families in the Upper Peninsula. A half a century ago, U.P. families gathered around black-and-white televisions, tuned in the one channel available, set the rabbit ears to get the least interference, adjusted the vertical and horizontal hold and enjoyed an evening at the ballet together.

Today, thanks to what you might call reverse technology, families can gather to watch The Nutcracker presented life-sized, in living color and 3D.

The Second Skin Shop, in conjunction with Kaufman Auditorium, will stage Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker on December 5 at the auditorium in Marquette. This is the eighth year for the production, and Camilla Mingay has been a co-producer for each one. It started as a joint venture between the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Department and The Second Skin Shop. After a few years, when the City of Marquette cut back on its arts spending, Sara Cambensy at Kaufman Auditorium stepped in as the co-producer.

“Individual dance studios and the university had been doing productions of The Nutcracker in the past, but when the economy went down, there wasn’t enough funding for individuals to put it on so we pooled together as a community and that way we have…..

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