"Nutcracker Key West" is set for a seven-show run in the island city beginning Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, and stars a professional corps de ballet along with more than 50 Keys children and other local performers.
As a child, I had the incredible opportunity to perform in "The Nutcracker" in a community production. It's a classic love story that never grows old and I look forward to going to the ballet each year to see it and relive my experience as a young ballet dancer.
Key West resident Joyce Stahl, a classically trained professional dancer, recast the traditional holiday ballet to showcase Key West's tropical heritage. Stahl designed sets and costumes that are valued at more than half a million dollars. The storyline includes imagery drawn from the history of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha, shipwrecked off Key West in 1622.
Stahl’s production transforms the timeless story of young Clara’s visit to the land of the Sugarplum Fairy into an island fantasy featuring dancing snowy egrets, phosphorescent sea anemones, shimmering reef fish and even a conch shell – the symbol of the Florida Keys.
Can't you imagine the dream battle where toy sailors protect Clara from the Rooster King, and a coral reef scene where Clara and her nutcracker-come-to-life are entertained by a dance troupe of children costumed as tumbling shrimp and colorful fish? It sounds absolutely delightful!
If you go: Go see the “Nutcracker Key West” at the Tennessee Williams Theatre located at 5901 College Road on the campus of Florida Keys Community College. Ticket prices begin at $20 per person and can be purchased online or by calling 305-295-7676.
Where to Stay: Ocean Key Resort & Spa has the unique distinction of being able to claim Zero Duval Street as its location, which also overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and the Sunset Pier with its famous daily Sunset Celebration. At Ocean Key, you are in the heart of it all. Almost everything is accessible by foot or by bike. Make sure to try some Latin cuisine at Hot Tin Roof waterfront restaurant and lounge.