The wonders of Tchaikovsky come to the National Opera House this weekend as students from the Wexford School of Ballet and Performing Arts (WSBPA) perform The Nutcracker.
Already sold out this production takes place on Saturday, December 14 in the O'Reilly Theatre and is very much in keeping with this time of year opening with the decorating of a Christmas tree and the handing out of presents to expectant children.
Telling the tale of the young Clara's dream in which she meets and dances with her Nutcracker Prince and the beautiful dolls, the story takes audiences to the land of the snowflakes and sweets where the angry Rat King and his minion mice reside.
The leading man on the night, Alex Saunders, has just been awarded a scholarship to one of England's top performing Arts schools, Bird College in London.
Performing as Clara is Abby Ormonde who along with Alex recently received a distinction in Intermediate Royal Academy of Dance.
The dolls will be danced by Sadhbh Neville, Beth Miller, Kayla Smith, Aobhin Mc Grath, and.
The Drosselmeyer, Snow Queen, Queen of Sweets, Mother Hubbard, Rat King, and Nutcracker soldier will be danced by Jonny Smith, Molly Calder, Catherine O'Sullivan, Emma O'Leary, Paul Whitty and Emma Daly.
And lastly, the Harlequin, Pierrot, Fritz and young Clara will be danced by Eabha Carty, Leah Peilow, Michael Smith and Doireann Ni Mhaolain.
The students perform in the Opera House 4 times a year with two large scale Christmas and Summer performances in the O'Reilly and a Musical Theatre and Summer School Showcase in the Jerome Hynes Theatre. Multiple examination sessions in different subjects are also part of the school yearly timetable.
WSBPA has been teaching dance in Wexford for over five decades now, it has eight teachers all specializing in different dance and musical theatre genres. Operating in Wexford, Enniscorthy and New Ross they provide tuition in ballet, modern, contemporary and singing to students age 3 to 18 years.