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"Nutcracker " producers offer free performance tomorrow for local nonprofits

Valley Dance Theatre production scheduled for this weekend at Bankhead

Members of major Tri-valley non-profit organizations will be treated to a free performance of Valley Dance Theatre's annual full-length production of the Tchaikovsky's classic The Nutcracker Wednesday tomorrow at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

The free tickets are going to Shepherd's Gate, Dublin Senior Center, Easter Seals Bay Area, Valley Humane Society, Hope Hospice, the Taylor Family Foundation and Alameda County Food Bank.

Valley Dance Theatre's professionally staged production of "The Nutcracker" is the second largest n the Bay Area, drawing audiences of more than 7,000 annually.

Highlighted this year by Taeko drummers and a large Chinese Dragon, the public performances will be accompanied live by the Livermore-Amador Symphony pit orchestra. Cantabella Children's Chorus and Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's Broadway Chorus will add vocal artistry to selected performances.

The Community Performance complements Valley Dance Theatre's other outreach activities such as free local performances and scholarship opportunities that promote dance appreciation in the Tri-Valley.

"It is a worthwhile cause," says Karin Bunnell of Pleasanton, who is board president of the Valley Dance Theatre. She said the nonprofit performance is made possible through the support of local corporations and families. School performances also are being offered at reduced rates to local schools.

"It's part of our tradition," she said.

Matinee performances of the "Nutcracker" are scheduled at 2 p.m. next Friday and Saturday with evening performances at 7 p.m. next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All seats are reserved. Tickets are $33, $27 and $24 for adults and $18 for students 17 years and younger. They can be purchased online at www.bankheadtheater.org or by phone at 925-373-6800. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the theater box office, 2400 First St., Livermore, Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and for two hours prior to show time.

More information is available www.valleydancetheatre.com.

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