Nutcracker delight for kids

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IN REHEARSAL: Nutcracker dancers, from left, Lily Warner, Ellie Edwy, Lauren Hammond and Fiona Saunders.

The Nelson Symphony Orchestra is to visit the Land of Sweets this Saturday, with a set of three children’s shows.

Children will be invited to “meet the instruments” before a combined show with Peta Spooner Academy of Dance dancers, performing a mix of traditional ballet and expressive modern dance.

The orchestra – playing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – and dancers will paint a story adapted from The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, narrated by Hugh Neill.

The show follows Clara – portrayed by Lily Warner – in her quest for the Nutcracker her uncle gave her, which was stolen by the Rat King.

The Sugar Plum Fairy sends Clara on a journey to the Land of Sweets and a prince comes to Clara’s aid and the Nutcracker’s rescue.

Nelson Symphony Orchestra oboe player Frances Rae said the show was a great way to expose young dancers and children in the audience to live orchestral music.

  • The Nutcracker, Nelson School of Music, this Saturday at 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets $10 from

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