‘The Nutcracker’ lives
Stella McCloskey, 11, of Bay Shore, dances the role of Fritz in Act 1.

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‘The Nutcracker’ lives


ISLIP TOWN—This Saturday and Sunday, the stage at Town Hall West (401 Main Street in Islip) will be filled with the timeless beauty of another version of “The Nutcracker” ballet, performed by Lumiere Ballet, now in its 20th year. This production was inspired by one that was originally performed in Russia in the late 19th century, but will be led by the talents of 21st-century artists Svetlana Caton, internationally recognized performer Venti Petrov, as well as instructor Lisa Voos of Bayport, one of the company’s artistic directors.

Voos said the production includes many professionals that are from renowned ballet companies such as the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and the New York Conservatory of Dance in Manhattan. It also includes many of Lumiere’s students, who must audition to become a student there. She said Caton’s technique emphasizes the importance of the art. “It is rigorous [training] yet nurturing,” Voos said.“We need [Caton’s] level of dancing here in Islip [Town]. She is amazing,” she added.

“This is a new endeavor for us,” said Caton. “It is the first time we are bringing [this production] to Town Hall West. It’s a very lovely theater, a little gem,” a size she said is good. “Ballet is not basketball and so does not draw that [large] size of an audience,” she added. “And theaters are very hard to come by on Long Island.” Caton added that CK Productions, the venue’s resident theater company, has been very helpful.

Caton said that in the past, they have had to travel with technical equipment to theaters in SUNY Old Westbury and Molloy College in Rockville Centre, which had been difficult during the duration of producing a show. This show takes 10 weeks to produce.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed in its full two acts and will feature some local students who are from the ballet company as well as alumni. Some of their former students have gone on to earn scholarships at top colleges or join regional companies.

“We produce a very serious program, but it is still fun and uplifting,” Caton added.

The show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 586-2921. 

Lumiere Ballet is located at 35-C Corbin Ave. in Bay Shore. For information on classes, go to the website www.lumiereballet.org.