Company members performed an abridged version of the production in costume, narrated by Principal Dancer Sarah Van Patten. Each dancer performed a sampling of several variations from the beloved holiday classic.
The mini-performance delighted the audience, bringing some holiday joy into the lives of the children in attendance. The young patients and their families received signed posters from the mini-Nutcracker cast and spent time talking with Company members. Corps de Ballet member Thamires Chuvas remarked, “[I’m] so excited and happy to put a smile on these kids’ faces. I’m glad that we’re able to bring the Nutcracker to their bedside.”
Sarah began organizing these hospital visits in 2008, after a former Company member handed over the responsibility before leaving the Company. Since then, she has continued the tradition every December. She added, “The holidays are a perfect time to give back to the community, and I am thrilled to bring a little joy into these kids’ lives by organizing this annual visit—I wouldn’t miss it!”