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When Little Girls’ Dreams Come True
By Vicki Parsons, Managing Director of Schools

Every year I look forward to seeing students’ faces light up as they discover who they will be in The Nutcracker. Dreams come true, and with a touch of apprehension, mixed with a lot of excitement, rehearsals begin.

This year I had an opportunity to visit with the three young ladies who will be dancing the role of Clara. Sofie Bertolini, returning for her second year as Clara, learns that she is just as excited for this year’s Nutcracker and the fun it will bring. She finds so much depth in dancing the role of Clara, and says that she wants to bring a little bit of herself into each performance.

Two students are new to the role of Clara this year, Jean Jang and Macrina Butler. Jean says she will never forget the day audition results were posted; it was the happiest day of her life. She has dreamed of performing as Clara since her first year in The Nutcracker, and so far, it is the greatest experience she has ever had. It has made Jean’s senior year in high school such an amazing year. 

For Macrina, being Clara is a dream come true. From the first moment she went on stage as an angel years ago, she has looked up to the girl who was Clara; so graceful, pretty, and kind. This year, she is that girl! For Macrina, when the curtain opens on December 6th at the Long Center, her holiday season will become truly magical.

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