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:o 81~ FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3- MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette PERFORMERS, LEFT, iN THE DI/~OND DANCE COMPANY production of "The Nutcracker" are in back (I-r) Kimmy McKidney, Ashley Bonnoni, Lindsey War- ren, Becky Ball, Suzette Madanat, Angela Zielen, Tori Brown-O'Brien, Abigail Gaunt, Anna Edmondson and Imani Cummings. In front are Elizabeth Nielsen, Taylor Hogan, Kristen Greenley, Jordan Mitchell, Austin Woodward, Savannnah NaDj, Jill Wilkins Katie Mae Fields, Alyana DeBaca, Jillian Kerr, Emma Pikus, Mackenzie Dee and Elizabeth Howell. SUBMITTED PHOTO I Miss De Diamond Dance Company rn mbers have been rehearsing for their production of "The Nut- cracker" since September. Artis- tic Director Terianne Utley and Ballet Mistress Lindsey Warren are back this year to direct the choreography of the world- renowned Tatiana Akinfieva Smith, artistic director emeritus. Utley said her dancers are dedi- cated to making this a quality performance. Katie Mae Fields of Seaford and Jill Wilkins of Lincoln will be sharing the role of Clara Suzette Madanat of Mil- ford will be sharing the roles of both Sugar Plum Fairy and Lead Arabian with Angela Zielen of Viola. Torigayla Martell Brown-O'Brien will be dancing the role of Snow Queen that her great-grandmother, Akinfieva Smith, first choreographed. Becky Ball of Milford will be por- traying Dew Drop Fairy. Joining the company this year is Miss Delaware Kayla Martell as Dream Fairy. Shows are at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at Milford High School Theatre. Ticket prices are $15 for adults 18 and up, and $10 for seniors 55 plus and students, and can be purchased weekdays at Lou's Bootery or at the door. For more information, call 302- 943-7339. Clear Space to continue holiday tradition Dec. 3 'SCROOGE!' show set for local stage For the sixth consecutive year, volvement "SCROOGEI" part of the Clear Space Theatre Compa- his holiday tradition. Haden has ny will present its own original played numerous roles in his musical version of"SCROOGEI" years with the show, including based on Charles Dickens' clas- roles that have since been edited Christmas Carol." Clear out of the script and several S ace directors Ken Skrzesz and turns as Peter Cratchit. Doug Yetter wrote the book and Michael Matthias, Clear lyrics and music, respectively, Space's Bob Cratchit, says his have revised and staged the Christmas traditions have always production every year since the revolved around enfertainment. organization's inception."For as long as I can remember, , .As much as "SCROOGE!" has I've watched the Rankin/Bass become a tradition for many lo- Christmas specials, like 'Frosty cal audiences, it has also found a the Snowman' and 'Rudolph the s ?eciai place in the lives of many Red-Nosed Reindeer,' on Christ- cast and crew members. Cole, mas Eve," says Matthias. "No Haden, 14, who returns to the matter how hectic the holidays production for a fifth time in as get, I always make time to watch ittany years, has made his in- these classics because they take SUBMITTED PHOTO CtHERYL GRAVES AS MRS. FEZZIWIG and Doug Yetter as Ebenezer Scrooge join in a live y scene in Clear Space Theatre Company's "SCROOGU" me back to a simpler time. I hope families here can say the same thing about our production of 'SCROOGE!'" This holiday season, Clear Space welcomes back a total of 10 "SCROOGE!" veterans, in- cluding Yetter as Ebenezer Scrooge. Four brand-new cast members join the company this year - Dallas DiGuglielmo, Valo- rie Jarrell, Autumn Schneider and Ryan Bradley as Tiny Tim. Skrzesz also rejoins the cast, tak- ing on the role of Jacob Marley for the first time. This also marks the first time that Skrzesz and Yetter have appeared together in a Clear Space production. Cast member Cheryl Graves, returning for her fifth year with "SCROOGE!," hopes that audi- ences will leave the show with a fresh take on the significance of this time of year. "My involve- ment with 'SCROOGE!; really helps me to see the joy of this season," says Graves. "The joy that those who have little can get by giving to others is remark- able." Clear Space Theatre Compa- ny's production of"SCROOGE!" runs Friday-Sunday, Dec. 3-5, and Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 9-12 at the Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts at Celebration Mall, 20 Baltimore Ave. Sunday per- formances begin at 3 p.m.; all others begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced $5-$25 and are avail- able online at C!earSpaceThe- or by calling 227-2270. FOR YOUR II GIVE US A CALL & SET UP 208 Reh0both Ave Rehoboth DE Open Daily from 11:30 AM,