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Campy Recast of Classic Holiday Tale: Mark Morris's "Hard Nut" Back at Zellerbach

Posted December 1, 1999

While the music is vintage Tchaikovsky, the action on stage is anything but traditional. We're talking, of course, about Mark Morris's zany twist on the classic Nutcracker tale. The performance makes its annual pilgrimage to Zellerbach Hall with performances Dec. 11 - 19.

Morris recasts the 19th century German bourgeois Christmas Eve setting as a 1960s suburban holiday party gone out of bounds, complete with a border-line dysfunctional family, too much spiked eggnog and a televised yule log flickering to Christmas Muzak. The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the Kairos Youth Choir, conducted by Cal Performances Director Robert Cole, provide live accompaniment. The lively and colorful sets and costumes are based on the cartoon work of Charles Burns.

Performances are scheduled for Dec. 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 12 and 19 at 3 p.m.; and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24, $36 and $48 and are available at the Cal Performances ticket office at Zellerbach Hall or by calling 642-9988.

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