BAL­LET WEST

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

dancers put on an im­pres­sive per­for­mance to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of its first Oban per­for­mance of The Nutcracker.

More than 200 peo­ple packed into the Cor­ran Halls last Fri­day and Satur­day for the open­ing of a new tour­ing pro­duc­tion that will visit nine venues across Scot­land. The largely new per­for­mance of The

Nutcracker fea­tured two of the orig­i­nal cast.

Guest prin­ci­pal Sara-Maria Bar­ton starred as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Se­nior Prin­ci­pal Dancer and Vice Prin­ci­pal Jonathan Bar­ton was The Snow King.

Bal­let West has come a long way since its first per­for­mance of The Nutcracker when it was a fledg­ing lo­cal dance school.

It’s now a highly ac­claimed pro­fes­sional train­ing school in Taynuilt with more than 70 stu­dents from across the world.

Bal­let West’s Prin­ci­pal and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor, Gil­lian Bar­ton, said: ‘I was very happy with the per­for­mance and it was well re­ceived by the au­di­ence. They are al­ways very sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing.

‘It was hard to imag­ine where all the years have gone, it feels like only yes­ter­day that we were stag­ing our first

Nutcracker.

‘ We’re look­ing for­ward to tak­ing it on tour.’

Pais­ley Town Hall is the next venue for the tour to­mor­row (Fri­day). There will also be de­but per­for­mances at the Tour Dig­i­tal Arts Cen­tre, He­lens­burgh, and the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

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