Rave re­views for Pat­ap­sco’s “The Nutcracker”

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

I was so in­spired by the per­for­mance of the Nutcracker on Sat. Dec. 1, that I felt com­pelled to say some­thing about it. As you know, I am no stranger to the­atre of any kind so for me to say some­thing like this means some­thing very mean­ing­ful.

This was the first time that I had ever gone to see some­thing done by the [Pat­ap­sco High School and Cen­ter for the Arts] Dance Mag­net. (I had seen The­atre and Mu­sic Mag­net shows but never Dance Mag­net). I was to­tally im­pressed with the chore­og­ra­phy and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the dancers! Not only was their danc­ing pre­ci­sion like and to­tally in­spir­ing, but the smiles on their faces gave in­sight into their feel­ings of joy in per­form­ing.

In­clud­ing the Bear Creek Dance Group was not only per­fect but very in­spir­ing! The joy of these chil­dren play­ing mice and chil­dren at the party who were mis­be­hav­ing brought a smile to my face, and I am sure to many of the other au­di­ence mem­bers too!

I was touched deeply when I saw a child who was us­ing a walker come on­stage. Hav­ing a spe­cial needs child of my own, and work­ing for many years with peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, I was very in­ter­ested in how this child was in­cluded in the pro­duc­tion. Not only was she to­tally in­cluded in the pro­duc­tion, she was given spe­cial parts to do!

The best part was at the Cur­tain Call when the two lead­ing per­form­ers came out to take a bow with this lit­tle dancer with them! It brought tears to my eyes! Not only in­cluded but given some­thing very spe­cial! This lit­tle girl was in her glory! She was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a mo­ment that she will prob­a­bly trea­sure the rest of her life!

Ku­dos to Pat­ap­sco High School and Cen­ter for the Arts and Bear Creek Dancers for a per­for­mance of the Nutcracker that not only was full of the hol­i­day spirit but full of com­pas­sion and love! Cathy Stef fen Bal­ti­more Ave

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