‘Nutcracker’ on Stage This Weekend

What: Alameda Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Where: Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave.
When: 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16
Tickets: $18 for youth and $28 to $35 for adults and can be purchased by calling 800-838-3006 or by going online at www.alamedanutcracker.com.

Alameda Civic Ballet will perform its eighth-annual production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at the Kofman Auditorium.

According to artistic director and choreographer Abra Rudisill, about 170 dancers–ages 5 and up–will bring the magic of this holiday classic to life.

A festive Sugar Plum Party follows each performance where audience members can meet the cast and enjoy a special flavor of Tucker’s Ice Cream created just for the show.

One of this year’s stars is Lincoln Middle School eighth-grader Yingru Huang, who plays Clara. She has studied ballet at Alameda Ballet Academy for eight years.

Alameda High School junior Justin Modeliste, who recently moved to the Island from New Orleans, plays the Nutcracker Prince.

Returning as the Snow Queen and Snow King are Nikki and Ethan White, who are professional dancers.

Janet Levaux