From the Lakewood Advocate October 2017:
Students from all over the Woodrow Wilson feeder pattern are invited to sign up and dance a role in the performance, providing exposure to the arts for families who may not have access to high-level instruction. The tradition was begun by former Woodrow dance teacher Lisa Moya.
The hour-long show is a good fit for families who may not have the time or attention spans for the full ballet, but the ornate costumes and quality dancers give the performance a sense of professionalism.
Recent performances included 60 elementary students, 25 students from J.L. Long and nearly 100 high school dancers and she hopes to have at least that many again this year.
Tickets for the show help fund the dance program, and will specifically go toward dancers attending the National High School Dance Festival this winter. While at the prestigious dance university, Woodrow dancers will perform and be evaluated for dance scholarships and summer intensives while attending different genres of classes. Usually, students have to pay around $1,500 for airfare, lodging and attendance, but because of funds raised by the “Nutcracker,” Matney hopes students will be able to attend the trip for as little as $300.
“Nutcracker Short ’N Suite” runs Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 15 at noon at Woodrow Wilson High School. On Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m., neighbors are invited to the Land of Sweets Breakfast, where they can take pictures with costumed Nutcracker characters and Santa Claus. Tickets for the show range from $6-$8 and the breakfast is $5. Tickets can be bought online at woodrowwildcats.org/dance or at the door.