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Montecito School of Ballet Presents ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and ‘Les Patineurs’

Odalys Gonzalez of Montecito School of Ballet

The 24th annual production of the Montecito School of Ballet's  The Night Before Christmas and Les Patineurs (The Skaters) will be performed at the Marjorie Luke ​Theatre Dec. 12 and 13, 2015.

This year the production will include 10 male dancers, bringing energy and dynamic dancing to the Marjorie Luke Theatre stage. Joining the dancers from the Montecito School of Ballet will be dancers from the community, from UC Santa Barbara and from Santa Barbara City College.

Maledancers include Tyler Koontz, Luke Rosedahl, Rigoberto Sanchez, Jeff Schultz, Myles Thompson and Diego Topete as Santa Claus.

The ballet The Night Before Christmas is based on the famous poem by Clement Moore and is narrated during the performance by Stephen Sherrill.

A beautiful Victorian party scene opens the ballet, and after the guests leave, the family settles down "for a long winters' nap".  

Sugarplums dance and toys come to life during the night. We even see a visit from eight tiny reindeer and their driver, jolly St. Nick.  

Guest dancers will also be featured in the production of Les Patineurs. Rigoberto Sanchez, Jeff Schultz and professional dancer ​Carisa Carroll, a graduate from the school, will join the students from the Montecito School of Ballet in this production. 

Les Patineurs is inspired by the famous ballet choreographed by Frederick Ashton for the Royal Ballet of England and portrays the strength, grace and humor of skaters on the ice.  

The ballet is choreographed by Carla Moseley and Delila Moseley to music by Giacomo Meyerbeer. 

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. 

Ticket prices are $18 general admission, $16 students and seniors and $12 for children. Tickets are available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

— Meredith Cabaniss represents the Montecito School of Ballet.

 

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