|Clara's Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story. Co-written by Marianne Ward and Leica Hardy, |
illustrated by Talent Trust visual arts scholarship recipient Emma Van Zeumeren.
Clara’s Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story is a gorgeously illustrated picture book that tells the unique Nutcracker story adapted for the stage by Leica Hardy and Graham Whitehead.
The lush illustrations by Talent Trust scholarship recipient Emma van Zeumeren capture the magic, movement, and Art Nouveau-inspired design of the beloved stage production.
The book is co-authored by Marianne Ward and Leica Hardy, and tells the tale of Clara’s overnight journey from timid, fearful girl to confident young woman, thanks to the gifts of kindness, loyalty, friendship, and a very special nutcracker.
Emma van Zeumeren received her scholarship to support her visual arts studies at NSCAD University. She was a long-time dance student of Leica Hardy’s and is an alumna of The Nutcracker. After performing in the production for seven years, Emma has a special place in her heart for this beautiful adaptation.
The Nutcracker has been presented annually since 1991 by Symphony Nova Scotia in partnership with Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia under the artistic leadership of choreographer Leica Hardy. 2018 marks her 28th year as the director/choreographer.
Leica has over 40 years of teaching experience, and has taught a number of Talent Trust dance scholarship recipients.
Clara’s Gifts is a 52-page hardcover keepsake book, priced at $25.00 CA ($26.25 CA tax included).
For purchase information, visit the Clara’s Gifts page on the Leica Hardy School of Dance website.
To learn more about the book, visit the Clara’s Gifts Facebook page.
|Illustration from Clara's Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story.|