PHOTOS BY BILL HANSE N
radition meets technology as Iacob
Lascu's choreography of The Nut-
cracker entertains Detroit audiences
for the 21st year.
With the Detroit Symphony Orchestra per-
forming the Tchaikovsky melodies through to-
morrow night, principal dancers borrowed from
the country's most prestigious companies join
members of Dance Detroit for the seasonal bal-
This year, audiences will watch special effects
created as performers move through artificial fog
and other stage devices, which have grown in
number since the choreographer started plan-
ning this program.
"We have to bring more magic into the show
because the show itself is magic," said Lascu, who
operates the Lascu School of Ballet in Bloomfield
Hills and is director of Dance Detroit, the resi-
dent dance company at Marygrove College.
Evelyn Cisneros and Anthony Randazzo of the
San Francisco Ballet pair up this weekend, along
with many young people from the area includ-
ing two sets of sisters, Julie (soldier and tea
dancer) and Rachel (soldier) Shulman of West
Bloomfield and Laura (doll) and Rachel (child)
Rachel Shulman, 11, and her sister Julie, 12, warm up backstage
Dietrich of Birmingham.
at the Fox Theatre.
Rotating as conductors will be Leslie Dunner
and Lan Shui, who raises his baton for his first
e Performances of the Detroit Symphony Or-
time with this program.
chestra's The Nutcracker are at 2 and 8 p.m. 'today,
For those taken with The Nutcracker, there now is
Dec. 22, and tomorrow, Dec. 23, at the Fox The-
an opportunity to see the ballet all year. A video of the
atre. Ticket price range from $17-$27.50, with
classic production featuring Darci Kistler and Ben Huys
half price matinees for children under 12 and se-
of the New York City Ballet is now available at video
niors 60 and over. Call (313) 833-3700 or Ticket-
master at 645-6666.
- Suzanne Chessler
Tough nuts to crack: Laura Dietrich, 4 1/2, and her
10-year-old sister, Rachel.
Nutcracker Soutl i
artist. Through April 14. The
Detroit Institute of Arts. (313)
Nature Observed, Nature
Interpreted. 19th century
American Landscape Drawings
and Watercolors. Through Dec.
31. The Detroit Institute of Arts.
Gifts of Clay Holiday
Show. Through Dec. 31. Pe-
wabic Pottery. (313) 822-0954.
Fiber Show. Textile and
fiber art. Through Jan. 6. The
Anderson Gallery, 7 N. Sagi-
naw, Pontiac. (810) 335-4611.
Ken Evans with David
Glass and Ron Party. Through
Dec. 23. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Chaplin's Comedy Club East,
34244 Groesbeck, Clinton
Township. (810) 792-1902.
Allyn Ball with Dave Klein
and Maria Menozzi. Through
Dec. 23. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Chap-
lin's Comedy Club West, 18690
Telegraph, Detroit. (313) 533-
Brent Cushman with Mark
Sweetman. Through Dec. 23.
8:15 and 10:45 p.m. Mark Rid-
ley's C,ornedy Castle, Pwyal -Dak.
Jeff Brannon with special
guest Tim Costello-CoCo. 8:15
and 10:30 p.m. Just For Laughs,
65 E. Huron, Pontiac. (810) 334-
Nutcracker on Ice. 8 p.m.
The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Nutcracker Ballet.
Through Dec. 23. 8 p.m. Fox
Theatre. (810) 433-1515.
Spike and Mike's 3c1.
nual Sick & Twisted Anima-
tion Festival. 8 and 11 p.m. 18
and over. The Magic Bag, Wood-
ward North of 9 Mile. (810) 544-
Bela Fleck and the Fleck-
tones: blu-bop, avant grass and
hillbilly fusion. 8 p.m. Orches-
tra Hall, Detroit. (313) 833-
Alexander Zonjic. 9:30 and
11:30 p.m. Bakers Keyboard
Lounge, Livernois at Eight Mile.
Shear Madness. 7:30 p.m.
Gem Theatre. (313) 963 9800.
Joseph and the Amazing
Through Jan. 28. 8 p.m. Ma-
sonic Temple Theatre. (313)
Still Waters. Through Dec.
31. Detroit Repertory Theatre.
The Wizard of Oz. Through
December 29. 2:30 p.m. Marquis
Theatre. (810) 349-8110.
"A" My Name Is Still Mice.
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