Memorial Hall will be filled with holiday magic this weekend. Carolina Performing Arts will host the Carolina Ballet’s production of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday and Sunday, complete with a magician.
Each year, the Carolina Ballet brings its production of "The Nutcracker" to UNC for three festive and family-friendly shows. There will be two showings Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and one showing Sunday at 2 p.m.
Christina Rodriguez, a spokesperson for Carolina Performing Arts who grew up seeing "The Nutcracker," said the ballet adds a touch of nostalgia to the holiday season.
“It’s one of those stories that so many people have a personal connection to,” Rodriguez said. “It’s also nice for people who don’t have that connection, who are able now to start that tradition.”
Idalis Payne, patron services coordinator for CPA, said she began her "Nutcracker" tradition as a student by helping out Carolina Performing Arts and handing out candy canes before the show. She now works with Carolina Performing Arts to plan and execute events.