Alameda’s ‘Nutcracker’ a Great Holiday Hit

Over the weekend of Dec. 17-18, the Alameda Civic Ballet staged “The Nutcracker” at Kofman Theater. The show is directed each year by Abra Rudisill, who founded the troupe in 2003.

Guest artists included Nicki and Ethan White, above, who were finalists in the CBS show “Live to Dance” and performed as the Snow King and Queen and as the show’s Arabian dancers.

Alameda resident Mary Grace Basco attended the event with daughter Graciela, 7. “This is the second year I’ve gone,” Mary Grace said, “and the kids like to go every year. It’s a lovely production.”

“How do they do that?” Graciela asked her mother about the intricate foot work. “Then she got the chance to visit with the Spanish-dancing character from the show afterward in the lobby,” said Mary Grace.

Jasmine Miller, who played the role, spoke with children about the performance. “And Graciela got to touch her toe shoes and see how [Jasmine] could get on point. That was exciting,” Mary Grace shared.

Did Graciela like the show? “No, I didn’t like it. I loved it!” said the young Alamedan, who attends Edison Elementary School.

Janet Levaux