Kathy Aumiller, executive director of PRB, said that the company stayed away from joining the fray of presenting “The Nutcracker” for years until it became clear that experience with this most popular of ballets was essential for young dancers as they continued their preprofessional training. They needed to know the story and have direct experience with what Aumiller called “the ins and outs” of dancing the production.
More than five years ago, PRB made a decision to use a live orchestra as opposed to recorded music to accompany the dancers. Violist Alice Bish assembled a cadre of instrumentalists, an ensemble that has remained mostly the same since. The live music component has made all the difference to the dancers, according to Aumiller.
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Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:07 PM
Pennsylvania Regional Ballet presents its Nutcracker.
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