Clara will be on several area stages in November and December. Young girls from Saratoga City Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet and Adirondack Ballet have also been practicing the part since early autumn. They can’t wait to wear the cute and curious little girl’s party dress and pajama gown, interact with magical Uncle Drosselmeyer and watch the energetic and colorful dancers that entertain during the show’s second act.
Natalie Davey, 11, of Lake George, is front and center with the Snow Queen and dancing snowflakes she will meet during Adirondack Ballet Theater’s production of “The Nutcracker” in Glens Falls. (Photo courtesy Adirondack Ballet Theater)
Allison Harris poses as Clara - with the Dew Drop Fairy and dancing flowers - and prepares for Adirondack Ballet Theater's December performances of "The Nutcracker." Young girls playing the little girl in local productions say stepping into Clara's slippers is an honor. (Photo courtesy Adirondack Ballet Theater)
Eve Whelchel, co-director of Saratoga City Ballet, directs a rehearsal of the company’s “Nutcracker.”
Nica Buckley, 14, of Ballston Spa, left, and Alison Genevich, 14, of Saratoga Springs, will both dance Clara for the Saratoga City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”
Lucie Capek smiles with her daughter, Sofia Pelletier, left, and Tiniki VanNiekerk during a recent rehearsal of “The Nutcracker” at Northeast Ballet in Schenectady. Sofia will play Clara at Northeast’s show on Saturday, Dec. 8; Tiniki will play the part on Sunday, Dec. 9. (Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
Katarina Flik, left, and Sophia Grant will share the role of Clara in Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” The 12-year-old Albany girls say the role gives them a chance for both comedy and drama. (Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
Young ballerinas associated with the "Clara" role in Albany Berkshire Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" are (kneeling from left) Eliza Lindberg of East Chatham, Caroline Dollar of Albany, Ellis Broderick of Bennington, Vt., and Ava Doyle of Guilderland. Standing at rear are Albanians Katarina Flik (left) and Sophia Grant - Albany Berkshire's "Clara" actresses for upcoming shows at the Center for the Performing Arts at the Empire State Plaza, The Egg. (Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)