Act two, in the company’s second performance of the day and sixth of the weekend, found the energy level flagging. Melanie Atkins flounced bravely, having little else to do, at her two men in Chocolate; Kelley Potter, with Jaime Diaz, was slinky-withdrawn (think Grace Kelly) in Coffee; Dalay Parrondo and Raul Salamanca set off some Chinese fireworks in Tea. Few explosions from James Whiteside in Russian, however, and Heather Myers was stretched to the limit and beyond as Dew Drop — she uses her upper body well but her legs are weak. And though Erica Cornejo as Sugar Plum brought a dreamy languor to the first section of the pas de deux, she didn’t stretch out her celesta variation, and she was subdued in the finale. And again, no chemistry between her and Bauzys. Was this a Frog Prince of a Nutcracker outing? The audience didn’t think so — or else, like Clara, it saw beauty beneath the surface.
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