Numerous Nutcrackers nimbly take to the stage

Tue, 12/09/2008 - 3:50pm
By: The Citizen

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without presentations of “The Nutcracker” and there are many of them to choose from.

The Peachtree City Civic Ballet will present their annual performance of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. All performances are held at Our Lady of Mercy High School. This holiday extravaganza tells the magical tale of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker with beautiful costumes, lavish scenery and a cast of over 90 area dancers.

The Peachtree City Civic Ballet received a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program; a state of Georgia funded initiative administered by Arts Clayton, which allows ticket prices to be family friendly. According to Director, Kathleen Senger, “The Nutcracker is a Christmas gift to our community and in addition, the performances will benefit Fayette County Relay For Life to help battle cancer.” Tickets are available at Peachtree City School of Dance or by phone at 770-632-1544.

Georgia Youth Ballet’s 13th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will be the final Nutcracker for nine GYB dancers who are seniors in regional high schools. Robin Burton, Kara Cawley, Kelly Church, Keri Church, Pharan Evans, Nicole Henry, Hannah Skibiel, Kate Walker and Emily Ward (of Senoia) will dance the final four performances of “The Nutcracker” of their pre-professional careers this weekend at Sandy Creek High School’s Patriot Hall in Tyrone.

Overall, GYB is one of the only local ballet companies that tells the unabridged story of Clara, her feisty, little brother Fritz, and the valiant service of Clara’s favorite toy Nutcracker as he comes to life and guides her through a winter fantasy of action, adventure and classical ballet, all set to the wonderful musical score of Tchaikovsky. GYB is a regional ballet company with more than 100 performers from seven south-metro counties. GYB’s Nutcracker is notable for its custom sets, costumes and choreography, all of which have been refined annually since the company was founded in 1996 in Fayetteville.

This year’s Nutcracker also marks GYB’s return to a Fayette County venue - Patriot Hall at Sandy Creek High School, 360 Jenkins Road in Tyrone. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. (family night – all tickets $8), Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Except for the family night performance, all tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors 55 and over. Tickets are available at the door or by calling The Studio at 770-716-9858. For more information, please visit GYB’s website at

What makes Georgia Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker different from every other Nutcracker in our community? It’s the only interactive, family event where you and your children can fill up on holiday treats, dance with the infamous characters of The Nutcracker Ballet, and tell Santa what you want for Christmas! Oh, and of course take home a picture with the jolly, old soul too.

Georgia Dance Theatre has been presenting this timeless classic in the community for 18 years. Don’t miss out on their newest holiday presentation: an enchanting afternoon that the entire family will enjoy. All children, ages 3 and up, will participate in the event. This is a great way to introduce your child to the stage in a very relaxed atmosphere. Girls can put on their favorite party dress, bring their favorite doll, and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy, while boys (& girls) can help the Nutcracker doll in the battle against the Rat King. It will be great holiday event that your whole family will enjoy.

“The Nutcracker Tea” will be held at Bennett’s Mill Middle School on Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. Bennett’s Mill Middle School is located at 210 Lester Road in Fayetteville. Tickets to this all-inclusive event are just $10 and can be purchased online at with VISA or MasterCard! Make sure to purchase tickets for the entire family as soon as possible

For more information, please call 770-631-3128 or visit our website at Come celebrate the holidays with Georgia Dance Theatre, where passion, tradition, creativity, and performance is their gift to the community this holiday season.

The Southeastern Ballet Company will host performances of its entire production of “Le Petit Nutcracker Sweet” on Saturday. Show times are 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

“Le Petit Nutcracker Sweet” is based on the classic Nutcracker tale. “Le Petit Nutcracker Sweet” takes audiences on a captivating voyage through the enchanted Land of Snow, into the Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Angels dressed in white and gold greet guests, along with dancing treats from around the world including Hot Chocolate from Spain, Candy Canes from Russia, Tea from China, delicately-sugared Marzipan, and the little Polichinelles.

SBC principal dancers and soloists, along with Classical Dance Theatre student dancers, will enchant and delight audiences in this sweet treat of a performance to be held at the Classical Dance Theatre studio at 1065 Sullivan Road in Newnan.

Seating is limited, so $8 tickets should be purchased in advance at the CDT studio. For more information, call 770-252-5515 or visit and

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker will be performed at the Fox Theatre through Dec. 28. Most performances are Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For additional information on showtimes and how to get tickets, visit

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