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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
For the 36th year, a widely popular ballet performed with a live professional orchestra makes its way to Bakersfield. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet promises an unforgettable performance.
Tuesday on "First Look with Scot Cox," ballerina Erica Ueberroth talked about the upcoming shows at the Rabobank Theater.
Ueberroth has danced in the Nutcracker for 18 years. She made her debut at age 5, with the role of "the little girl," a part that no longer exists.
The first time simulcast host Scott Cox watched the ballet, he was impressed.
"The amazement and impact of the music and the dancers working together is like a festival for your brain," Cox said.
Bakersfield Symphony conductor John Farrer said some people in the audience are surprised when they see a live orchestra bow at the end of the show.
The connection between the dancers and the beat of the orchestra must be precise, Farrer said.
"When you have dancers dancing along with music you have to give them the right tempo," he said.
There are about 190 dancers on stage and they all must pay attention to Farrer's conducting, Ueberroth said.
Holding one of her many ballet shoes, Ueberroth said she goes through four pairs of ballet shoes a week.
"We rehearse for many hours plus all the sweat and weight just cause the shoes to wear," she said.
Tickets for the Nutcracker are available online. To purchase tickets and check out dates and times, visit www.bsonow.org.