This past weekend, many of our 7th and 8th grade students got to watch “The Hip Hop Nutcraker” at United Palace Theatre here in Washington Heights.
A student who attended, Linet Mercedes, was pleasantly surprised. She said "You'd think that going to school on a Saturday would be dreadful. To be completely honest it completely is, but this trip was fun. We watched as "The Nutcracker" was portrayed in a modern version. Actors danced to classic music, and instruments such as the piano and violin. The play itself was fascinating, and it was as if the 20th century merged with this era. The play completely changed my perspective on "The Nutcracker".
The show is a contemporary take on the popular ballet The Nutcraker. Eighth grader Yhara Ozuna said, "To be honest, showing up to school at 12:45 seemed to be the worst thing that could ever happen. That is, until I found out that it was one of the best Saturdays of my life. The Hip-Hop Nutcracker has to be one of the best performance I've ever seen. It mixed the typical Nutcracker with one of the most common genre of music in this generation. The least that could be said is that "The Hip-Hop Nutcraker" should be seen by everyone. I'm so glad to have had this opportunity"
Students were chaperoned by their teachers, Ms. Lazala, Ms. Mayberry, and Ms. Werner. Everyone had a wonderful time at this cultural event in the community!