Nutcracker of a Christmas...
A MAGICAL Christmas tale is to be staged in Hebden Bridge with professional actors linking up with Calder Valley dance students.
A team from the North of Watford Actors’ Agency, based at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, is behind a production of The Nutcracker, a 200-year-old children’s tale written by E T A Hoffmann and set on Christmas Eve.
They are joining forces with the Helen Wilman School of Dance in Hebden Bridge, which recently celebrated 25 years in business.
The end result will be a Christmas show filled with music and dance at the town hall’s Waterfront Hall in December.
Lisa Allen, of the actors’ agency, said: “When I moved here 10 years ago I was surprised there was no professional theatre in the town and decided that was something that the town would benefit from.”
The construction of the new town hall building provided a perfect backdrop for the agency and the dance school to discuss tentative plans for a spectacular winter show.
Lisa, together with Sian Murray, Carol Ann Dunne and Dan Carey, created Role With It Productions, working in conjunction with Amy Leader and Sarah Lister-Blow of the Hebden Bridge Community Association, based at the town hall, and local businesses.
They opted for a magical Christmas tale as opposed to pantomime and have already sold out two matinees to be attended by schoolchildren.
The production opens on Saturday, December 8 and runs until Saturday, December 22 (evening performances start at 6pm and Saturday matinees at 2pm).
Lisa said: “Lots of Miss Helen’s pupils will play soldiers and mice. We hope people will come and see the show in this amazing performance space.”
Tickets will be £8 for adults and £6 for children.
The box office telephone number to buy tickets is 01422 417300.
l Pictured (from left) are Helen Wilman, of Helen Wilman School of Dance; Sian Murray, Dan Carey and Lisa Allen.
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