Performers, TEC, prepare for the Nutcracker Spectacular


Lucy Wimmer

Senior Daisy Holland rehearses as part of the full ochestra for the Nutcracker Spectacular on Nov. 6.

This year will mark the ninth anniversary for Westlake’s annual Nutcracker Spectacular performance. Produced by the Technical Entertainment Crew and featuring dancers from Alisa’s Dance Academy, the show will include movements from the classic score of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky as well as showcase an extensive light and pyrotechnic show by TEC. The Westlake Symphonic Orchestra will provide live music accompaniment.

“It’s really cool playing songs that I’ve heard growing up,” bass clarinetist senior Andy Brown said. “When you get to perform something as famous as The Nutcracker, you kind of feel like you’re in a professional group and you hold yourself to a pretty high standard, especially when you’re playing into a microphone. I know that music is an important part of the production, and the pressure to perform really well is what makes it fun.”

Starring as the Sugar Plum Fairy, junior Ellie Edwards will perform for her seventh year in the show.

“It is my favorite time of the year and gets me excited for the holidays,” Ellie said. “I like being in [the Nutcracker Spectacular] because I love performing and sharing my love for dance with the community.”

Shows will be held in the Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14, and 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Order your tickets online at