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image Kayli Allen will perform the role of Clara in Tooele Valley Academy of Dance’s performance of “Nutcracker.” photo cxcourtesy of Tracie Sneed

December 5, 2013
TVAD to perform ‘Nutcracker’ this weekend

The Tooele Valley Academy of Dance will perform the “Nutcracker Suite Ballet” this weekend at Grantsville and Tooele High schools.

All are invited to attend the performances, which take place Saturday at 3 p.m. at Grantsville High School and Monday at 7 p.m. at Tooele High School. Individual tickets are $5 and a family pass ticket is $20.

Tickets can be purchased online at This is TVAD’s fifth “Nutcracker” performance since 2007.

“Last year we performed the innovative and well received ‘A Ballet Christmas Carol,’” said Sarah Westhora, ballet director for TVAD. “Although change is good for the dancer’s repertoire, this year we revert back to the more traditional two-act ‘Nutcracker Suite Ballet’ and score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.”

New to the TVAD performance are Mother Buffoon, played by Darren Westhora, a math teacher at Clarke Johnsen Jr. High School, and Arabian Peacock, performed by Halie Anderson of Stansbury High School.

Of the 25 dancers who auditioned for Clara, the role was awarded to Kayli Allen, daughter of Travis and Erin Allen of Erda. Kayli Allen is a third-grade student at Excelsior Academy. 

Information on the performance provided by Tracie Sneed.

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