Start your holiday season with our third annual performance of The Nutrcacker & The Little Match Girl. Follow this link for ticket information. Performances are held Saturday December 15 at 1:00PM and 6:30 PM at Pima Community College’s Center for the Arts (West Campus, on Anklam Road),
The vision behind the performance:
Each holiday season numerous productions of The Nutcracker are performed around the world. The iconic ballet has become synonymous with the spirit of the holiday season and BC Dance Artistic Director, Cory Fragoso-Gram, wanted to participate in the tradition but with a twist. His vision was to create a mashup of The Nutcracker with the story of The Little Match Girl.
The resulting production starts with the story of The Little Match Girl that portrays a poor young girl who is desperately trying to sell matches in the street. She is cold and suffering from hypothermia. As she lights matches to stay warm, she begins to hallucinate and fantasizes about happier times. Even in her darkest hours, she finds hope and dreams of a better place. Eventually, she runs out of matches and freezes to death all alone but she is no longer suffering.
In the second act, The Little Match Girl becomes Clara from The Nutcracker and her visions of happiness continue in the Land of the Sweets a land ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Clara meets a Prince and they travel through Spain, China, Arabia, Russia and Denmark. They also meet Mother Ginger, whose children emerge from underneath her enormous hoop skirt. Next they witness a beautiful waltz of flowers and a dance between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. At the end of their journey, Clara and the Prince are serenaded by all of the sweets before they say goodbye.
In the end, the audience will see that the souls of the little match girl and Clara are very similar even though they live under drastically different circumstances. The combination of The Little Match Girl and The Nutcracker make for a holiday story of love, hope and generosity. There are many people in the world who are struggling and would benefit from the generosity of a stranger’s kindness. Hopefully, the audience will leave the performance with an awareness of other people’s situation during the holiday season.