VENTURA, Calif. — When the latest stay-at-home order threatened to cancel Ventura County Ballet’s annual production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, everyone involved was forced to think on his or her feet.
Emma Steiner, a 15-year-old dancer, has been performing in the show for as long as she can remember.
“I’ve been doing this Nutcracker since I was 5 years old,” she said. “I’m always really excited to participate.”
During this roller coaster year, she was concerned, but Steiner said she never doubted that the show would go on.
“I knew that our studio and company would definitely find a way to pull it off and bring us some holiday joy,” she said.
In reality, it came very close to not happening. The company had planned to perform a two-show day on Saturday, December 12, on the Concerts in Your Car stage at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The show was ready to go after months of rehearsing.
“Then, we got the lockdown order,” Steiner said.
With sweeping new restrictions set to go into effect late Sunday, The Nutcracker was canceled. Kathleen Noblin, the founder and executive director of the Ventura County Ballet, was heartbroken.