Malibu Ballet and Performing Arts Society presents ‘The Nutcracker’

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Beau Campbell and David Eck rehearse for their upcoming performance in the "The Nutcracker" playing at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre this weekend. Cathryn Sachs / TMT

The Malibu Ballet and Performing Arts Society presents its 26th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University this weekend, featuring a “Wish Child” from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

David Eck of Houston is appearing in the role of the Cavalier in this year’s “The Nutcracker.” Houston joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 2001 and has made guest appearances all over North America.

Beau Kristen Campbell, a 17-year-old Malibu High School senior, is appearing as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the role usually performed by a professional. Beau began her training in 1996 at the age of 9. At 13, she was offered a scholarship to the New York City Ballet’s prestigious School of American Ballet where she spent three summers. Now in her 8th year, she continues her training in classical ballet and in March 2004 London’s Royal Academy of Dance awarded her distinction for her RAD Advanced 2 examination. She also appeared on live television on PBS as the Dew Drop Fairy at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Local 10th grader, Dasha Jensen, is recreating the role of Clara this year. Dasha studies classical ballet, piano and voice. There are about 70 Malibu girls and boys dancing in “The Nutcracker,” which is a fabulous annual production.

This weekend’s performances will include a “Wish Child,” Daisy, who is fulfilling her dream to dance through Make-A-Wish Foundation and will be performing in “Tea” for all four performances.

Malibu Ballet and Performing Arts Society has expanded its role in the community to provide dance scholarships and performances for many charitable events. On Dec. 4, many of the dancers performed at Shriners Hospital. They will also perform on Dec. 10 they will entertain approximately 1,000 disadvantaged children through the Dance Outreach Program at Pepperdine. There will be two performances of a simplified version of “The Nutcracker.”

The Society is attempting to reach out to the surrounding communities to reach those who may not be able to experience the art of dance. The Society will continue this program in the spring of 2005.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed at Smothers Theater on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.