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December 2, 2011 THISWEEK

Thisweekend ‘Nutcracker’ returns to Burnsville PAC Experience Elvis Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota presents the Christmas classic Dec. 9-11 Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota has found magic in its new home at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. The nonprofit dance group, formerly known as Lakeville City Ballet, is run by Rick and Denise Vogt of Lakeville’s Ballet Royale dance studio. They moved their flagship holiday production of “The Nutcracker� to the Burnsville venue in 2010 after several years of staging the show at Lakeville South High School. “The whole theater experience – for the dancers, producers and audience – has been tremendous,� Rick Vogt said of the move to the 1,000-seat Performing Arts Center. “The move was to better reflect the quality and level the show has achieved.� The cast of approximately 120 in this year’s show consists of professional dancers and ballet students, the bulk of whom hail from Ballet Royale. They’ll be presenting “The Nutcracker� five times over three days, Dec. 9-11. Tickets range from $12 to $26 and are available at the box office and via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster. com. More information about the production is at Carly Fredericks and Rachel Schwartz, both 14 and of Lakeville, rehearsed their roles in “Nutcracker� on —Andrew Miller Tuesday at the Ballet Royale studio in Lakeville.

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Photos by Rick Orndorf

More than 100 dancers, both ballet students and professionals, have a part to play in Twin Cities Ballet’s “Nutcracker� production.

The Burnsville Performing Arts Center has announced it will host “Hope is Alive,� an Elvis tribute concert and silent auction to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, on Saturday, Jan. 21. The concert will feature The Elvis Experience (above), the father-and-son duo of Steve and Tommy Marcio, whom south-of-the-river audiences may remember from their hip-swiveling, lipcurling performances at Burnsville’s Wednesdays in the Park summer concert series. Tickets for the Jan. 21 event are $21 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center’s box office and through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or

‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

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Chameleon Theatre Circle’s production of the musical comedy, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,� will be Dec. 2-18 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Tickets are $20 at the box office ($17 for seniors, students, audio description patrons, and groups of eight or more). Tickets are also available from Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 982-2787 or online at


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