South Carolina Dance Theatre lights up the Holiday Season
Make your season merry and bright with the magic and tradition of the Nutcracker Ballet as the South Carolina Dance Theatre lights up the Holiday Season as it performs with the Florence Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating its 40th Nutcracker Season, the SCDT will present four performances of the Nutcracker on November 30th, December 1st and 2nd at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. A traditional part of the holiday season, this beloved classic is a must see for the whole family. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous music, the ballet features elaborate scenery, professional quality costuming, intricate choreography and riveting dancing, all of which make for an exceptional experience for young and old.
Performance times are Friday, November 30th at 7:30, a matinee on Saturday, December 1st at 3:00 pm, an evening performance on Saturday, December 1st at 7:30 pm, and a Sunday matinee on December 2nd at 3:00 pm. Reservations are available by calling the PAC box office at 661-4444 during box office hours of 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For those patrons who wish to obtain tickets online, you may visit the online box office at www.fmupac.org. Ticket prices are $30/$25/$20 with all student tickets being $15.00.
The story of The Nutcracker takes place in a German home where two children, Clara and Fritz, are entertained at a party given by their parents. Clara’s favorite uncle gives her a magical present of a Nutcracker. She falls asleep and dreams. When she awakens, the room is filled with mice and toy soldiers who have magically come to life under the Christmas tree. A ferocious battle ensues and the Nutcracker leads the charge of the soldiers against the mice who attack Clara. Clara saves the Nutcracker’s life and the dream continues as he turns into a handsome prince. Together they journey into the Kingdom of the Sweets where toys come to life, flowers dance before their eyes and the Sugar Plum and her Cavalier perform their magical pas de deux.
The ballet is under the direction of Susan Rowe, Artistic Director and the symphony will be directed by Dr. Terry Roberts. Leading roles for the ballet are danced by Company members Ava Hatchell who performs as Clara, McKenna Dynan and Rosemary Flamini alternating as Sugar Plum, Kailey White and Gracie Wilson alternating as Snow Queen, Alyssa Hanna as Dew Drop, Natalie Dean as Arabian, Isabelle Dauksch as Spanish, Luke Baker, guest artist, as Russian and Nutcracker, Bailey Barefoot as Chinese, Alyssa McGee as Mouse King, and Grace Munn as Mirleton. The cast also includes Ella Warner as Columbine and Alaina Naylor as Cadet Doll. The Company is pleased to welcome back to its stage Antonio Brown, a former Company member and a frequent guest artist for the SCDT, as Cavalier and Snow King.
Other guest artists include Sheriff Kenny Boone, taking the stage for the first time with the SCDT, performing as Grandfather with Kelly Jordan as Grandmother, Nick Townsend as Herr Drosselmeyer and Jimmy Wilson as Herr Stahlbaum and Carsyn Ridgeway as Frau Stahlbaum.
Other Company dancers include Kaylee Bair, Natalie Brewton, Yvie Dillard, Maria Evans, Lily Merzlak, and Katelyn Whitlow who will perform as Clara’s friends and in other roles throughout the ballet. The Company younger dancers include Giada Basta, Vanessa Brewton, Annie Ruth Eliason, Ella Grace Jordan, Arden Rand, Olivia Kate Rand, Sofia Sargent, Isadora Seeber, Emma Wentzel, Vivian Edwards, McCall Gregg, Louisa McLeod, Jia Jia Lin, Aly Powell, Megan Pugh, Isabel Quann, Ella Quann, Hannah Quann, McKinley Riley, Mary Ashley Snipes, Stella Stamato, Abi Urquhart, Anna Claire Vincent, and Aubrey Youmans.