Letter: A letter in praise of local ballet

For years, I watched every full-length ballet the Chico Community Ballet put on at Laxson Auditorium in December –– more often than not, multiple times a year. Growing up I sometimes resented this. Last night, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, watching a professional group perform the Nutcracker, I missed it immensely.

There’s something to be said for the Chico Community Ballet’s ability to create a piece of art so consistently excellent. The ability of the local dancers, attention to detail in costuming, and set design, coupled with an exceptional degree of storytelling make Chico’s local presentation of the Nutcracker one worth seeing.

“A Very Chico Nutcracker” is coming up this weekend. It’s a testament to local artistry and our history; more than that, it’s a testament to the resilience of our community. Through highs and lows, this ever-evolving piece of art continues to exist and thrive here. For those who have the chance to see it, it will inspire wonder and joy. I hope that you’ll be one of them.

— Megan Shea, Chico


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