MSA to present “Nutcracker” ballet

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MSA to present “Nutcracker” ballet
Photo/Metropolitan School of the Arts Sara Yoon, grade 11, is a student at the Metropolitan School of the Arts who is set to perform as Clara in "The Nutcracker" ballet.
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By Denise Dunbar | ddunbar@alextimes.com

Metropolitan School of the Arts is returning to the stage Dec. 4 and 5 to perform its annual “Nutcracker” ballet at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at 4915 E. Campus Dr. on the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria campus.

Shows are at noon and 5 p.m. both days. Tickets range from $26 to $28 per person. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information, and tickets are available here.

More than 130 Metropolitan School of the Arts students will perform “The Nutcracker,” including Meghan Ong, a ninth grader who attended a summer intensive program on full scholarship at the Harid Conservatory of Boca Raton, Florida; and Sara Yoon, grade 11, who went to the Ellison Ballet summer intensive program in New York City. Both dancers have been trained at MSA.

“We are thrilled to return to stage to perform one of our favorite ballets this holiday,” Jacqueline Doherty, artistic director of “The Nutcracker” and Metropolitan Youth Ballet of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, said. “The costumes, the music and the dance will bring the stage to life, and there’s nothing like performing in front of a live audience again.”

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