A Sweet Dream Comes to Life in Orinda Ballet’s Nutcracker

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(Patricia Tomlinson)
Far left, front row (L-R): Emily Charo and Ella Pierce. Far left, back row (L-R): Samantha Chiou, Bay Friedman and Jocelyn Lau. Center, kneeling: Bailey Brothers as “Clara.” Center, standing (L-R): Kavina Habarakada, Elsa Cooke and Vivienne Leach. Far right, front row (L-R): Sadie Elkind, Maya Elkind and Aveline Schoon. Far right, back row (L-R): Ruby Killian, Olivia Silverstein and Caitlyn Petek.

    Orinda Ballet Academy (OBA) presents A Sweet Dream Nutcracker, bringing Clara and her magical adventure through the Enchanted Winter Forest and the Land of Sweets back to the stage of the Library Auditorium. In its 11th year, the production is helmed by Artistic Director Patricia Tomlinson and features student dancers Vivienne Leach and Bailey Brothers alternating in the role of Clara, joined by guest professional artists Jackie McConnell, Maurice Monge, John Orr and Alysia Chang, as well as fellow OBA students.
    The opening night performance on Friday, Dec. 13 begins at 6:30 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Performances are 1 hour and 15 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets are $22 for children and $25 for adults and can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information about OBA’s A Sweet Dream Nutcracker, go to www.OrindaBalletAcademy.com.

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