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The Nutcracker returns to Palace Cineplex March 1

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 2:00 AM
Melanie Graham (right), Marketing manager, Palace Amuseement Company, and Russian Ambassador, Vladimir Polenov at the recent showing of The Nutcracker, Palace Cineplex, Cross Roads, St Andrew.

Russian composer Tchaikovsky's acclaimed ballet The Nutcracker was sold out last Sunday in both auditoriums at Palace Cineplex. Due to overwhelming demand, Palace Amusement has scheduled a second performance for March 1 at that venue only.

The Nutcracker, deemed the pride of Russia, was attended by a large contingent from the Russian Embassy and their guests from the diplomatic corps, as well as local dance companies and patrons of the arts. In a brief address to the capacity audience, Russian Ambassador to Jamaica, Vladimir Polenov said The Nutcracker was the most performed ballet in the world.

Mesmerised and enthralled best describes the reaction of patrons, who were swept away during the two-act performance featuring magical sets and the exquisite movements of some of the best trained dancers in the world, accompanied by a live orchestra of 30 musicians.

The Nutcracker has brought attention to the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, which is now the source material for various animated and live-action films.

Tchaikovsky's music, especially The Nutcracker Suite, a selection of eight pieces from the complete score, has become extremely popular. The suite (minus the Miniature Overture and the March) was featured in the popular Disney film Fantasia. Swan Lake, another celebrated ballet composed by Tchaikovsky is scheduled for Sunday, March 15.

Tickets are on sale at the box office and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.