Thanksgiving is over and our belly’s are full, snow starts to fall, wreaths go up on the door, sugar cookies start baking and gift wrapping begins…Christmas is near. Like clock work every year the family gathers, everyone shares a story and we all get cozy on the couch to snug and watch the classic tale The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic that parents grew up watching and now are creating the same memories with their children.
But This year Laverne Reed wants to shake those memories up and introduce you to a new Spin on The Nutcracker with her amazing rendition of the classic called The Chocolate Nutcracker. Laverne Reed is a well acclaimed artistic director, writer and choreographer and has produced many childrens theatrical productions such as “Santa, the Mother Goose Rock” “Santa’s Star Flight” “The Wiz” and “Black Orphesus.”
The Chocolate Nutcracker puts its magical twist on the classic tale, the leading lady Claire begins her journey in Harlem, NY in the 1950’s fighting off Snakes instead of the Rat King. From there she travels on a magical journey throughout the world exploring different multicultural and musical locations to learn about her heritage. From West Africa, to Egypt, and Brazil, with surreal stops in Gospel Land, the Snake Pit, Toyland and the Land of Funk. She explores and dances the whole journey while performing traditional ballet, infused with jazz, tap, hip hop and break dancing with African and Afro-Cuban influences.
The Chocolate Nutcracker has a national touring cast, along with over 200 young, local, aspiring dancers that are part of the cast that bring this multicultural adaptation of the Nutcracker to life. The production is an extension of the “Arts in Education Initiative” from the Southwest United Communities Inc. Southwest United Communities, Inc. is a unique 501©3 charitable organization in that its spiritual mission is to help those in need to help themselves. As a Community Development Corporation (CDC), their charge is to help people move from welfare and dependence to self-help and interdependency through intense community revitalization programming.
Bring your whole family out for a Night to remember, The Chocolate Nutcracker, a multicultural interpretation that catches your spirit and takes it on a magical journey.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:00PM — Sunday, December 12, 2010 3:00PM
For more information about The Chocolate Nutcracker visit www.orlandochocolatenutcracker.com
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