S.C. Dance Theater to perform The Nutcracker at FMU PAC
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. The SCDT will present three performances of The Nutcracker this weekend 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 at 7:30 p.m., a matinee on Saturday at 3 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices are $32, $27 and $22, with all student tickets being $15. Reservations are available by calling the PAC box office at (843) 661-4444 during box office hours of noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets online, visit www.fmupac.org.
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 Artistic Director Susan Row. The symphony will be directed by Dr. Terry Roberts.
Leading roles for the ballet are danced by company members Ella Warner as Clara, Rosemary Flamini as Sugar Plum, Kailey White as the Snow Queen, Alyssa Hanna as Dew Drop, Grace Munn as Arabian, Bailey Barefoot as Spanish, Ella Naylor as Russian, guest artist Tripp Taylor as Nutcracker, Ava Hatchell and Alaina Naylor alternating as Chinese, Alyssa McGee as the Mouse King, and Isabelle Dauksch as French Mirleton. The cast also includes Lily Merzlak as Columbine and Maria Evans as the Cadet Doll.
Also, the company will welcome back to its stage Antonio Brown, a former company member and a frequent guest artist for the SCDT, as Cavalier and the Snow King.
Other guest artists include Jeff Murrie performing as both Mother Ginger and Grandfather, with Rebecca McLain as Grandmother, Nick Townsend as Herr Drosselmeyer, Jimmy Wilson as Herr Stahlbaum, and Rachel Flamini as Frau Stahlbaum.
Other company dancers include Giada Basta, Annie Ruth Eliason, Ella Grace Jordan, Arden Rand, Isadora Seeber and Emma Wentzel, who will perform as Clara’s friends and in other roles throughout the ballet. The Company’s younger dancers include Jewel Brodie, Carolyn Conner, Natalie Brewton, Yvie Dillard, Vanessa Brewton, Vivian Edwards, McCall Gregg, Louisa McLeod, Aly Powell, Isabel Quann, Olivia Kate Rand, McKinley Riley, Sofia Sargent, Abi Urquhart, Aubrey Youmans, Olivia Allred, Emma Kate Green, Eliza Johnson, Ella Quann, Hannah Quann, Willa Ann Ridenhour, Stella Stamato, Anna Claire Vincent and Miriam Welch. Preparatory students Anna Caroline Campbell, Brynlee Conrad, Genevieve Edwards, Casey Alexa McHugh, Finley Ruffin and Ashley Caroline Vincent will be angels.
For additional information, visit www.scdancetheatre.org.