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Weston Locals Featured in Walnut Hill’s Production of The Nutcracker

Natick, MA – Siblings Adele and Aurik Mah of Weston, MA will take the stage in Walnut Hill School for the Arts’ winter production of The Nutcracker later this month.

Set on a cozy Christmas Eve, this beloved, classic tale relives the Stahlbaum’s annual Christmas party centering around a prized toy nutcracker and the whimsical fairytale that it prompts. The popular holiday favorite will once again be performed by Walnut Hill high school dance students and Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy students—this time with a new twist. This year’s production will feature an array of updated set pieces and costumes and several new dance sequences. Performances will take place on December 10-14, 19 & 20 at 7:00pm and December 14, 15 & 21 at 2:00pm at Walnut Hill’s Keiter Center for the Performing Arts in Natick, MA.

Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy (CDA) student Adele Mah will play the role of Clara, while her brother Aurik Mah will play the role of Fritz in this year’s rendition of the popular holiday production. Adele, 12, has been a CDA student since the age of five and will be performing for the seventh consecutive year in Walnut Hill’s production of The Nutcracker. She has also appeared in Walnut Hill School for the Arts opera productions of Sleeping Beauty (2013) and Cinderella (2012). Outside of Walnut Hill, the young and talented student has trained in other local dance studios and has performed in New York City Ballet's productions of The Magic Flute and Circus Polka in 2011. Aurik, 8, has been a CDA student since 2011 and will be performing for the second year in Walnut Hill’s production of The Nutcracker. Currently a 2nd grader at Woodland School, the enthusiastic ballet dancer also enjoys playing the piano and violin, and practicing karate in his free time.

This year, Walnut Hill is dedicating its entire production run of The Nutcracker to beloved former dance faculty member and prolific American choreographer Samuel Kurkjian (1937-2013). Kurkjian was not only a brilliant choreographer, but also a dedicated and caring educator who shaped and inspired countless students.

To purchase tickets for The Nutcracker featuring these Weston locals and other Walnut Hill students, please visit: http://ticketstage.com/walnuthill.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an international leader in the education of young artists. The school combines renowned training in five core disciplines - creative writing, dance, music, theater, and visual art - with an innovative and rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Learn more at walnuthillarts.org.

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