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TAKE A BOW: During the curtain call, the Nutcracker, played by Simon Botbol ’23, lifts Clara, played by Emma Belkin ’21, into a fish pose.
SNOWFLAKES: The Snow Queen, portrayed by Marissa Small ’21, dances alongside her angels and snowflakes to guide Clara, played by Hannah DeRoche ’19, ’20 MA, to the Land of the Sweets. In an interview with the Justice, Deroche said, “My favorite piece in the production is our adaptation of “Snow,” as it is very unique in the way we use both modern and classical music and pair this juxtaposition of sound with changing shoes from flat to pointe and changing skirts from classical romantic tutus to modern dip dyed skirts.”
THE BATTLE: After the mice attempt to steal Clara’s nutcracker, the toy comes to life. Played by Ballet Club President Polina Potochevska ’20, the Nutcracker fights off the mice and Rat Queen with the help of Clara, who ultimately saves the Nutcracker from the Rat Queen with a fatal blow of Clara’s pointe shoe to the Queen’s head.
IT’S PARTY TIME: Siena DeBendittis ’21, casted as Clara’s older brother Fritz, danced to music composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky during the party scene of the Nutcracker performance. In this scene, Clara receives her Christmas gift, a nutcracker, at a party in her house.
LAND OF THE SWEETS: In the land of the sweets, Clara was greeted by many characters. Two performed an acrobatic number called “Coffee,” performed by Hannah Borgida ’21 and Alyssa Rittenberg ’21.
THE NUTCRACKER: Emma Rivellese ’22 danced as Clara as she gets ready to go to sleep before being interrupted by the mice, along with their leader the Rat Queen, who tries to steal Clara’s Nutcracker.
BUMP, SET, SPIKE: Brandeis’ Belle Scott ’21 bumps the ball in a game against the Emory University Eagles on Sept. 21.
FEMALE EMPOWERMENT: A faculty panel shared their personal experiences as women in the workplace and in academia. They discussed sexual harassment, maternity leave, stereotypes and other challenges they face.