The Nutcracker Coming to Secrest Auditorium

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ZANESVILLE, Oh – Get excited! Movement on Main is bringing a night of family-friendly music and dance to Secrest Auditorium this weekend, November 26th and November 27th.

Over 250 dancers of all ages will once again be performing a holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

Students from the dance studio, located in downtown Zanesville, will bring the holiday magic to life, complete with the Sugarplum Fairy, Mouse King, and of course, Clara and the Nutcracker.

A holiday tradition for the community, many of the dancers have been a part of the production for many of the twelve years they’ve been putting on the show, including Movement of Main Owner/Director Whitney Lewis.

“It’s so meaningful to watch them grow up year after year. Like, aspiring for new parts and there’s a lot of tradition behind the nutcracker because it’s something we do every year and it’s so rewarding to watch the kids perform and grow from year to year,” Lewis said.

Work on the show began back in August with casting roles, arranging costumes, and building set pieces, among their months-long preparations.

Dancers also began rehearsals, dedicating every weekend to the production and learing all the choreography and other necessities to ensure successful performances this weekend, for the community and for themselves.

“Seeing the students get on stage and have a great experience and I love the energy, you know, when the curtain closes and the show is over there’s always a lot of like, cheers and hugging and everyone really has this great sense of pride about their accomplishments and it’s a great team building, team bonding, it’s really nice to see it come together for the show,” she added.

You’ll have two chances each day to take in the spectacular performance, with shows at both 2 PM and 6 PM this Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets range from $15 to $20 when purchased in advance and can be purchased at Tickets will also be available at the door for $20 to $30.

Maggie Warren
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