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Thanksgiving performances of ‘The Nutcracker’

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Bubba Romagnolo of South Lake Tahoe, shown with the Marzipan dancers, will appear in his fourth "Nutcracker Ballet" Thanksgiving weekend in Carson City.

Pinkerton Ballet Theatre will present its 16th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Carson City Community Center on Thanksgiving weekend. Performances will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. Nov. 28.

“The Nutcracker” has been a Carson City holiday tradition since 1989 under the artistic direction of Vickie McMaster and Ayako Britt. Although in its 16th year of production, Pinkerton’s “Nutcracker” offers new and spectacular performances year after year through the strengths and talents of new and diverse performers. In addition, McMaster and Britt work continuously to incorporate fresh and artistic choreography, creating a new experience every year for loyal and first-time viewers alike.

Cast members represent not only Carson City, but also South Lake Tahoe, Reno, Sparks, Dayton, Minden, Yerington and Gardnerville, making this event more than just a local tradition. Featured guest artists travel from as far away as Los Angeles, Calif., and Richmond, Va., just to be a part of this holiday extravaganza.

Local performer, 15-year-old Sebastiani “Bubba” Romagnolo, will appear in his fourth “Nutcracker” with Pinkerton. Sebastiani will perform as the Nutcracker/Prince in what is sure to be a wonderful performance. Sebastiani has been studying dance for 13 years at Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio in South Lake Tahoe. He currently attends South Tahoe High School and plans to continue his dance and theatrical studies through college. Sebastiani will be joined by additional local performers Suzie Elias, 8, of Zephyr Cove, Jayme Lowe, 16, of Stateline and Taliesun Marion, 8, and Chandler Morgenstern, 9, both of South Lake Tahoe.

Nationally renowned artist Tristi Ann McMaster, a native of Carson City, will reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tristi was formerly a principal dancer for the Richmond Ballet and Washington Ballet, as well as a soloist with the Atlanta Ballet. Tristi’s husband, Norvell Robinson Jr., a native of Richmond, Va., will appear in several roles: King Mouse, Snow King and Arabian Coffee Pas de Deux. Norvell was a soloist and principal dancer in the Richmond Ballet for 16 years. Together, Tristi and Norvell continue to perform across the nation as guest artists while balancing busy schedules as owners of Pilates, Dance and More in Richmond, Va.

Armen Hagopian and Company, professional Russian folk dancers from Southern California, will make their seventh appearance in Pinkerton’s Nutcracker. The dance company has toured throughout the United States in prestigious ventures and never fails to please audiences with its show-stopping choreography.

In addition to the featured guest artists, Pinkerton proudly showcases 75 talented students, ages 3 and up, representing various area studios including Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio. Viewers will also be treated to guest performances by the Starz Gymnastics Junior Olympic team of Reno and Senator Maurice Washington as Mother Gigogne.

This Thanksgiving weekend, ring in the holidays with a local tradition. Ticket prices are $20 (general admission) and $15 (seniors/students). Group rates are available. Tickets are available at Sugar Pine Cove gift shop, 1087 S. Carson St., Carson City, or by calling (775) 884-4603 until Friday, Nov. 26 at noon. Tickets will also be available at the door starting 90 minutes prior to each performance. For more information contact Beth Kitchen at (775) 882-6748.

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