July 28, 2017

Holiday Highlights in Topanga

 

TOPANGA NUTCRACKER THRILLS AT THE COMMUNITY HOUSE

PHOTOS BY KATIE DALSEMER ©

Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Mollyann Davis danced the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Every year for 32 years the Topanga Nutcracker has sparkled with snowfall, sequins and the scintillating energy of Topanga’s kids whom we’ve watched grow and grow up through this annual event. Year after year, Sherry and Bob Jason and the heroic efforts of parents, volunteer technicians and performers produce what has become a seasonal icon: the glowing story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince carried aloft by the music of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Every year the tiny stage of the Community House and its modest hall magically transform into the great house of Judge Stahlberg and his family where townspeople gather for a holiday eve party, where Uncle Drosselmeyer makes magic and gives Clara her beloved Nutcracker, really an enchanted prince whom Clara saves from a terrible fight with the Mouse King. In the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy Clara is introduced to her court, a collection of Sweets and Toys, the Queen of the Snowflakes, the Queen of the Flowers, Arabian and Spanish princesses and Russian dancers who perform a series of “Divertissements.”

Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Eryk Escobar performed a thrilling Russian dance.

“It felt like more people than ever wanted a Nutcracker experience this year,” said Sherry Jason, who produces the ballet with her husband, Bob. “And certainly, with our low-cost tickets I think the production was more accessible to many folks. Also, the friendliness and warmth of our production is enticing and fulfilling for many who want to share the joy of the Ballet with their families. We had many adult children bringing their senior age parents, promising to come back next year, along with the families that come year after year. That makes it so fun! The grandmother of two of the little girls had been a Prima Ballerina with the NYC and Washington Ballets…she loved our production, couldn't stop raving and said that our Nutcracker is what it's all about, family and joy.”

Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Brynn Lowry as Clara and Eryk Escobar as the Prince/Nutcracker.



Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Scarlett Kaplan and Evie Wilkins joined Isabel Davison, Juliet Davison, Allessandra Murray and Clair Murphy (not shown) in the Chinese dance, “Tea,” with Mollyann Davis as the dragon.



Holiday Highlights in Topanga

The adorable Snowflakes grace the stage with (center) Mollyann Davis as Queen of the Snowflakes partnered by Bob Jason as King of the Snowflakes.



Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Fathers perform the heartwarming “Pas de Papa” with their daughters.





SNOW NIGHT TURNS FROSTY!

PHOTO BY FLAVIA POTENZA ©

Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Lindsay Zook of Topanga Seed and Feed, a stunning Mrs. Claus, dressed for the occasion but not the weather (Brrrr!), spreading good cheer with Santa’s Helpers.

A frosty Snow Night at Pine Tree Circle on Dec. 15 was warmed by an abundant potluck, hot cider and community camaraderie as children of all ages frolicked in the snow trucked in by Leslie and Steve Carlson. Snowballs flew and saucers slid as teens and toddlers played in the snow that soon became icy as the temperature fell. From the balcony above, the Topanga Brass Band heralded the season with Christmas carols and Santa made an early stop to make sure he had the right addresses for all the kiddies. With tummies full and cheeks rosy, people wandered into Topanga Home Grown, Canyon Gourmet and other shops for holiday gifts and over to the Topanga Gallery Holiday Show to check out the $50 wall of six-by-six-inch art and an array of paintings, jewelry, art glass, ceramics, photographs and greeting cards.

It was another Snow Night to remember!

RAINY NIGHT WITH SANTA AT RIBBIT!

PHOTOS BY KATIE DALSEMER ©

Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Will Friday served up hot cider at Ribbit’s Holiday Faire, perfect for a cold night!

The second day of Ribbit Tree and Plant’s Holiday Faire may have been rainy, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the local vendors.

Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Soggy Santa George Martins still had fun entertaining fairgoers.



Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Roxanne Jarred, who sold flower arrangements at the Faire, checked out the lavish selection of bonsai.



Holiday Highlights in Topanga

Edie Irwin, who owns the Rising Heart bakery with her husband, Dan, peddled tasty treats with daughter Allie, left and family friend, Sierra Friday.