Daisy Kettle performs on the aerial silks in a scene from the Homer Nutcracker Ballet at a show on Dec. 6. Co-directed by Jennifer Norton and Breezy Berryman, this year’s production featured a vision based on Homer’s relationship to the sea.
The 26th annual Nutcracker Ballet opens for a two-weekend run this Saturday. Over the years the Homer production has interpreted the music of Tchaikovsky’s ballet and the original Nutcracker fairy tale with themes like an alternate Steampunk reality to a castle of cards.
This year, the ballet comes closer to home with a vision based on Homer’s relationship to the sea.
The entire Paul Banks Elementary School student body — all 190 pre-kindergarten through second-grade students — filled the Mariner Theatre stage Monday morning to put the finishing touches on “A Bear-y Merry Holiday.” With props for the upcoming production of the Nutcracker pushed to the side, the youngsters received last-minute direction from Tina Moore, the school’s music teacher. The following day the youngsters were back on stage to give the full musical performance for family, friends and fans.
Retailers might worry that the traditional post-Thanksgiving holiday season will be crammed into just 26 shopping days, but that’s not a problem at one of Homer’s biggest events, the annual Nutcracker Faire. It’s always a little hectic at the two-day event, held the first weekend in December.
“As full of magic as the story it tells,” reviewer Jan O’Meara called the Homer Nutcracker Ballet in the Dec. 14, 1989, issue of the Homer News. “From start to finish it was completely enchanting.”
That magic continues with the 25th production of the Homer Nutcracker Ballet, the homegrown, small-town version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. The Nutcracker opens with performances at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and continues Dec. 8, 13 and 14. All performances and all seats are $10 (see box, this page).
Now in its second year with the new generation of artistic directors, the Homer Nutcracker Ballet continues in the tradition of always bringing some fresh features to the classical holiday production. As they did last year, directors Breezy Berryman and Jennifer Norton ground Tchaikovsky’s ballet in the original story line of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a tale of a curse put on a prince that turns him into a wooden nutcracker.
The sights and sounds of the Christmas holiday will fill the Homer High School commons and gym this weekend with Homer Council on the Arts’ Nutcracker Faire.
“Great food, great arts and crafts, more than 100 vendors” is how coordinator Cindy Nelson describes this year’s annual event.
Shoppers can take advantage of two fairs this weekend. The Nutcracker Faire is Saturday and Sunday at the Homer High School (see related story,
page 2) and, in close proximity, is the Sugar Plum Holiday Fair in the basement of the Homer United Methodist Church from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.