Nutcracker Performance Requires Commitment

Colette Wright, Staff Writer

The Nutcracker Ballet was performed in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center November 5-9 by the California Academy of Performing Arts. There were many girls from Campo who had lead parts, including junior Emily Nichols as the Snow Queen, junior Monica Massimillo as the Rose Queen and freshman Olivia Tataseo as the Dream Fairy.

By all accounts, the performance was a success. “I think [the dance] went really well. It was the best we’ve ever done because it seemed more professional and more people took it seriously. There were also new costumes,” said Massimillo.

Although the dancers looked graceful and their movements effortless, a lot of hard work was put into preparations for the holiday classic.  “Dance is six or seven days a week. Our training is pretty intense, especially before The Nutcracker,” said Nichols.

There was also fierce competition for some of the roles, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Snow Queen, The Rose Queen, The Dream Fairy, and various toys.  All of these parts were offered to high school students.

“I’ve been practicing a long time for the role,” said Tataseo.

All of these girls have been performing annually in The Nutcracker for most of their lives, and they enjoy it. “I’ve been dancing since I was two. I love CAPA.  All my friends are there and we have a good time,” said Tataseo. “I like everything about The Nutcracker, especially the routines,” she added.

The girls are passionate about dance and commit extensive time to developing their skills. “Its expression in a way people can’t understand,” said Nichols.

“[The dances] were better than ever and everyone seemed more focused,” said Massimillo. “I think [the audience] really enjoyed it,” she added.