Witness the enchanting Nutcracker ballet within the whimsical confines of a snow globe as the Nutcracker Snowglobe Experience makes its return to Lessons by Lexe. Experience a 15-minute walk-through as part of a two-hour block running from 6 to 8 p.m., starting Friday, Dec. 15, and running through Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Prescott Gateway Mall in the Lessons by Lexe Dance Studio, 3259 Gateway Blvd., Suite #106, Prescott.

This unique performance offers a condensed version of the classic Nutcracker ballet, showcased from inside the dance studio’s windows. Guided from outside the dance studio, attendees will peer through the windows to enjoy the dancers’ captivating performance.

The snow-globe setting, initially conceived as a pandemic-safe alternative, is making a comeback for its fourth year because of overwhelming demand.

Lexe Niekamp, owner of Lessons by Lexe, spoke with Across the Street ahead of the opening. The following interview was edited for length and clarity.

How do you decide what

to include in this condensed

version of the Nutcracker?

It really depends on our cast. Every single year when we do auditions, we like to use — the children who are involved and the dancers who are involved — their strengths.

For example, last year we had the Russian dancers, this year we have candy cane acrobatic dancers. So, it’s a little bit of a different twist on each scene, depending on who auditions and what our cast looks like as our cast grows within their dance careers. It’s really important to us to still be able to highlight each dancer and give them something that they are excited to perform.

How is preparing for this unique format different from preparing for a stage performance?

A lot of acting experience is necessary for this type of show. Since the actors are on the other side of the window and the guests are on the outside, it’s really important to be able to have big reactions and big acting added to your dancing.

So, I think that’s something that is a really cool, different take on the preparation. It includes a little bit more of that theatrical experience and not just the dance experience. So, there’s the dancing, but there’s also more of a theater aspect. And I think it’s really important for dancers to be very well-rounded like that.

Teaching our cast, that’s one thing that I would have to say is different from a live performance. You have to be a lot bigger, larger than life, because it has to come through a window.

Admission to the show is $7 per person, and children 2 and younger can attend for free. Funds generated from ticket sales go toward supporting the dancers.

For additional details about the Nutcracker Snowglobe Experience, call 928-499-8664.

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @JesseBertel, email him at jbertel@prescottaz.com, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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