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Shining Stars present ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ on Sunday

Tara PielaetMelissa Jo Marsh gets serious airtime as the Sugarplum Fairy on Sunday during the holiday production of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

The holiday production “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars of the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio will be presented twice on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Harrah’s Tahoe Special Events Center. Showtimes are 1 and 4 p.m.

Based on the classic holiday poem, the play made its debut here in 2006. The dancers range in age from 2 to 18.

“Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” are some of the favorite holiday songs performed by the dancers.

Excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker include the Sugarplum Fairy danced by Melissa Jo Marsh, who recently attended the Boston Ballet’s summer intensive.

The Snowflakes and the Waltz of the Flowers, will be presented by the middle school and advanced ballet students with younger ballet students performing as angels in the “Magic Toy Shop.” A Rockettes style kick line and contemporary, lyrical hip-hop and tap dances to songs are included in the show. Some of the dancers making their stage debut at the event are part of the Shining Stars’ outreach program, which sponsors dance education for students who would otherwise not be able to participate in dance classes and performances. The high school couples class brings some of South Tahoe High School’s athletes to the stage and the dance class. The glee chorus also will perform.

The proceeds from this year’s productions will benefit organizations that support needy children on the South Shore.

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“Our studio is committed to excellence in dance education and the arts and is dedicated to community and family,” Sarosik said. “Our older elementary, middle school and high school age dancers bring toys for Christmas Cheer. Last year, there were over two pick-up trucks full.”

Tickets are $12 general admission and $6 for seniors and students. They are available online at and http://www.marcia until Friday afternoon and will be also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each show.

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