By Heather Collins
The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre offers its own unique twist to the classic tale of “The Nutcracker.”
The production strays from the original Tchaikovsky score and features traditional ethnic music from around the world. GHDT transforms the character of Klara from a rich, privileged European girl in ringlets and petticoats into a poor orphan living on the streets in tattered clothing who discovers the true meaning of the season through the gift and giving spirit of a homeless man.
GHDT will present “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Rd., Indianapolis.
“I wanted to do a version that was a little more accessible and a little more for our world,” Gregory Hancock said.
The full-length renowned student production features G2, the pre-professional company of GHDT and students from the academy and throughout the community.
Each year, GHDT adds a new element to its modernized version of “The Nutcracker.” This year, audience members will see the addition of bumblebees to the show.
Through its contemporary version of the classic tale, Hancock said he wants to help attendees remember that in the end, only kindness matters.
“It’s a very sweet message about kindness and how kindness can change the world,” Hancock said.
GHDT will host a public 20th Anniversary Party from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Pike Performing Arts Center prior to the matinee performance. Refreshments, photo opportunities with the show’s characters, activities and door prizes will be available. Tickets are $10 for the anniversary event.
Tickets for the performances are $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.