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VERO CLASSICAL BALLET
Even when a production of The Nutcracker is considered
traditional, there’s room for interpretation.
“We do a truly traditional production based on the
original 5ussian production, but there is a diͿerence,
said Barry Trammell, artistic director of Vero Classical
Ballet. “Most traditional productions place it in the
mid- to late-19th century, when it should be set at the
end of the 18th century or the very beginning of the
This is the 10th anniversary of VCB’s Nutcracker.
“We love the libretto and score and love the fact that
so many children can be incorporated into the production,”
Trammell said. “Everyone auditions for the
many roles and everyone who auditions gets a part.”
With the exception of two professional dancers from
2rlando, all the roles will be Àlled with local performers
from 4 to 77 years of age.
Trammell is thrilled to have the Vero Beach High
School Orchestra, with the addition of 10 professional
musicians, playing Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Matthew
Stott will conduct the orchestra, playing from the
Performing Arts Center’s orchestra pit.
Vero Classical Ballet is a performing and teaching
company, with classes held at Leisure Square in Vero
Beach. Trammell’s wife, Amy, teaches Ballet Magni
ÀTue, a class for specialneeds students. ´We believe
every child deserves the chance to dance,” he said.
When it comes to traditions, it’s the personal
touches that make them our own. And just like other
Christmas traditions, The Nutcracker takes on the per- >>
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