‘The Nutcracker’ Is an Eastern Shore Holiday Tradition

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Lindsey Smith as Russian Trepak, Photo by Walter A. Rolll Jr.

ESO School of Dance presented “The Nutcracker” Dec. 13-15 at Nandua High School in Onley. In its 29th annual performance under the direction of Dana Floyd, the “Nutcracker Ballet” is an Eastern Shore holiday tradition. The story of a young girl, Clara, who battles the Mouse King and saves her beloved nutcracker is a classic tale of magic, whimsy, and holiday spirit.

The young ribbon dancers perform.
Annie Schreiber as Sugar Plum Fairy and James Thomas Applegate as Cavalier.
A party scene from “The Nutcracker.”
Lindsey Smith as Russian Trepak.
Dancers performing the flower dance fill the stage.
Cadence Campbell as Clara.
Valerie Starling as Dream Clara with Jordan Jones as Prince.

More than 100 dancers participated in the annual event produced by a volunteer stage crew.

Copyrighted photos by Walter A. Roll Jr. Used with permission.