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Sugar Plum Fairy takes to the stage this weekend

See ‘Nutcracker’ at Folsom High School Friday through Sunday
By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a famous soldier this weekend for Pamela Hayes Classical ballet performance of “The Nutcracker.” Dancers of different levels and ages from the surrounding region will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. All performances take place at the Jill Solberg Theater at Folsom High School in Folsom. “I think the arts are important to the community and they can help bring happiness to our children,” said Pamela Hayes, company director. “‘The Nutcracker’ is fun and a ballet everyone knows. It is an opportunity to reach many people and bring them out to the ballet.” Folsom resident Cierra Diaz, 18, will perform this year as the Prince and the Cavalier. “I’m excited, this is a great holiday classic and we put on a really great show,” Diaz said. “It’s our 10th anniversary for ‘The Nutcracker’ and it’s great to support your local arts.” Diaz said his leading roles are a great honor. “It’s nice to be able to show off what I’ve been working so hard for,” Diaz said. “I’ve been doing musical theater with El Dorado Musical Theater since I was 10-years-old, but to pursue it further I knew I needed to have a strong background in dance, especially ballet.” He said after trying out different studios in the area, Pamela Hayes Classical ballet studio was the place for him. Hayes said her main studio is in Sacramento, but in 2007 she included a second studio in El Dorado Hills. “I moved up into the foothills and I always felt there was a need to have a satellite studio,” Hayes said. “I thought this was a beautiful community that had a need to have a strong ballet training center up here.” Hayes, a professional dancer, began teaching after retiring. She has been teaching for more than 30 years. “I spent my life in the ballet,” she said. “I feel strong training is important to dancers and that is what I want to provide. We train them to enjoy this for the rest of their lives.” For more information and tickets, visit phcb.org.