The Nutcracker by Alba Ballet 2013
Today marks the third anniversary of The Nutcracker by Alba Ballet. The companies first ever production. A journey that started for Alba back in 2011. Alba believed they could give talented dancers the opportunity to perform in a full blown classical ballet production. Despite industry experts saying it could not be done. Alba Ballet under the leadership of Julie Gunn defied these predictions and after hundreds of hours work in studio The Nutcracker was ready. Julie was assisted initially by Tristan Borrer then by Shaun McLaughlin. The company was made up of 35 dancers from all over the West of Scotland, who supported the leading Male and Female Dancers, Tim Hill from and Birmingham and Erin OToole from London. Hannah McLaughlin from Inverkip played Clara. and she was supported by other local dancers in the other lead roles
The Nutcracker by Alba Ballet 13th and 14th November 2013.
Finally the curtain was raised for The Nutcracker by Alba Ballet on the 13th November 2013. On seeing the full set and costumes the audience at The Beacon Arts Centre, in Greenock knew they were in for a fantastic show. The cast did not disappoint and delivered memorable performances on both nights . Tim and Erin put the icing on the cake and gave our dancers an insight how professionals train and perform. Over 800 people attended The Nutcracker, which was fantastic for Inverclyde’s first performing Classical Ballet Company.
Watch some of the Nutcracker note video goes blank about 3min in for 5 seconds, due to stage black out.
Since The Nutcracker by Alba Ballet.
Since The Nutcracker by Alba Ballet, the journey for Alba continued. They built on the success of The Nutcracker and went onto to their second production of Cinderella in 2016. Cinderella raised the bar even further with a performance at new venue in Largs. Alba Ballet are currently working towards their next production of Coppelia which will take place in November 2018. Finally its great to see 14 of the original cast of The Nutcracker are still with Alba Ballet and will be taking part in Coppelia. These 14 cast members along with the 18 new company members will aim to raise the bar even further in this next production.