More than 80 dancers from Backstage Performing Arts will perform in Tchaikovsky’s familiar holiday classic this weekend.
Backstage Performing Arts will present their production of “The Nutcracker of Lincoln County 2018” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County High School Adnia Rice Theatre.
Under the direction of Melvie Myrick, artistic assistant Jordan Allen, and rehearsal assistant John Bozeman, practice began for this production in September.
“My goal was to start a holiday tradition that will offer children the opportunity to perform in a ballet production and an opportunity for our community to experience the art of dance here at home, in our own county,” stated Melvie.
All students enrolled in ballet at Backstage Performing Arts are eligible to participate. Not only will this year’s production include over 80 dancers, it will also include Lincoln Countian Sara Brown and dancers from Alabama Youth Ballet.
Taking advantage of other local talent, Kaleigh Howell, a former student from Lincoln County High School, designed the Land of the Sweets backdrop using ideas and artwork submitted by the LCHS Art Club. The design was painted by the LCHS Art II and III classes. Lincoln County High School Drama student, Preston Cagle, directed by Mr. Adam Faulkner, will control the lights and sound. “We are proud to be able to include students and the community in our production,” stated Mrs. Myrick.
Melvie explained, “A production like this is a great undertaking. We started small and have added new scenes throughout the years.” New additions to this year’s production include the growing Christmas tree, the Mouse King, and the mice and soldier battle scene.
This year’s performance will start with Act I of the story of the Nutcracker acted out by Backstage students, Tessa Foster as Clara and Raegan Clemons as Fritz. They are joined by BPA instructor John Bozeman and dance mom Shelby Foster as their dad and mom. As Clara falls asleep the mice appear, and the battle scene begins between the Mouse King (Julie Eakin) and the Nutcracker (Niki Tunstill).
As the Nutcracker takes Clara to the Land of the Sweets, they are greeted by Snow and the Little and Big Angels. In the Land of the Sweets you will be entertained by Spanish Hot Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Arabian Princesses and Chinese Tea. You will be delighted by dancing Candy Canes and Mother Ginger, played by Sara Brown, and the dancing Bon Bons. The Flowers come to life and dance the Waltz of the Flowers. And as the highlight of the Land of the Sweets, the Sugar Plum Fairy, performed by Megan Schmitz and Julia Huskey, and her Cavalier, Connor Campbell and Miles Cole, all from Alabama Youth Ballet, dance a special pas de deux.
Parents and family members of students in the production as well as individuals in the community have volunteered to help. “We want to thank everyone for their involvement and hope this will become a family tradition to be anticipated for years to come,” said Melvie.
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