Terpsichore Posted March 20, 2014 Share Posted March 20, 2014 (edited) I took an excursion to Chelmsford yesterday to see The Chelmsford Ballet Company's "The Nutcracker" at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre. Although it was 191 miles each way it was well worth the trip. Tracing its beginnings to 1947 the Chelmsford Ballet Company is one of the oldest companies in the UK. It is an amateur company but with very high technical and artistic standards. Every year the company presents a full length ballet and this year it was "The Nutcracker," Although they engaged the Canadian dancer Emma Lister to dance sugar plum, Richard Bermange (an up and coming choreographer as well as a dancer) her cavalier and Michael Budd king mouse, all the other parts were danced by their own members. There were two particularly gifted young dancers, Amelia Wallis who danced Clara and Morgan Wren her brother plus a number of divertissements. Annette Potter, the artistic director, kept faithfully to the story. There were no gimmicks but one innovation, A lovely street scene outside the Stahjbaums' house. The company had gone to a lot of trouble with this production, The sets were impressive, the costumes beautifully made, even the programme was impressive. Better than those of many established companies and at £3 rather better value. The show is on at the Civic until the 22 March. Yesterday the theatre was packed. Chelmsford seems to appreciate this company and supports it and I think the company deserves that support. Edited March 20, 2014 by terpsichore 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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