Christmas ballet for chiang mai

If you have a thing for ballet and charity, you may like the rendition of The Nutcracker And The Mouse King by Chiang Mai's Sangdao Performing Arts School (Spas). Originally written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, The Nutcracker is about a young girl, Clara, who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against the evil Mouse King.

In her dream Clara travels through several scenes and dances the Spanish dance, the Arabian dance, the Russian dance, the Snowflakes dance and the Waltz of Flowers. In the final scene, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the prince dance the grand pas de deux. Spas will present a special version of The Nutcracker, which will combine ballet, acting and live music to entertain the audience throughout a two-hour show. The show will also have guest performers such as Stephan Turner _ actor and artistic director of The Gate Theatre, and professional dancer Ruangyut Srakaew from Bangkok City Ballet. The Nutcracker charity dance performance will take place on Dec 9 at 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm at the Chiang Mai College of Dramatic Arts' theatre.

Tickets cost 500, 650 and 750 baht (students 100 baht) from Sangdao Performing Arts School, 3rd floor EQ Square Building on Chiang Mai-Hangdong Road.

The proceeds will go to Support the Children Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that supports abandoned children with Aids and promotes the campaign to stop HIV/Aids transmission.

Visit or call the school at 053-274-841 and 081-472-4442.