The 2017 production of The Nutcracker did not disappoint! The kids loved the school shows on Thursday and Friday, as our very own Shelby Chaney returned as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Be sure to thank Chick Fil A and Mr. Bill Bailey for providing lunch for our dancers on both days.
Although Friday proved to be an emotional day for Mrs. Angie, Mrs. Carol, Mrs. Allie, parents and cast, they came together and poured their heartache into dance on opening night. Our 2012 Clara, Carly Parker, had lost her 10 year battle with cancer. Even those of us who didn’t know her personally were deeply affected by this news, as those who were close to her were devastated. Dancing through their tears, the girls made this Carly’s Nutcracker.
On Saturday morning, 178 moms and little girls flooded Telfair Peet to enjoy Clara’s Tea Party, surpassing the attendance of past years. They spent the first half of the morning watching Clara as she danced through the land of sweets . Then they played games, met some of the cast, and enjoyed some treats.
The cast danced beautifully as always, giving the patrons a show they will never forget. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting our worthy organization.
Below is an excerpt from this year’s program, written by Amy Parker, EACB president:
“Thank you for supporting the East Alabama Community Ballet and for attending our 2017 production of The Nutcracker. I hope that it was a truly magical experience for you and your family! This wonderful production would not be all that it is without the contributions of so many people. Our artistic directors, choreographers, dancers, the EACB board, and our generous sponsors are all so appreciated but I would like to send a special thank you to the parents of our dancers. Thank you for every ride to and from the studio and for waiting in the lobby for us to “run it one more time.” Thanks for making sure that your dancer had a water bottle, a snack for every break, pink tights, and bobby pins – lots and lots of bobby pins! Thank you for measuring angels, making props, selling nutcrackers, taking pictures, ripping seams, gluing umbrellas, washing leos, hanging posters, and buying tickets. From signs in your yards to the magnets on your cars, you have been our biggest fans! We absolutely could not do it without each one of you!”
Good Luck ads for sale this week!! Want to wish your dancer good luck and get an extra picture of them in the program? Get a good luck ad. Like the yard signs and magnet sales, this is a fundraiser to help offset the cost of the many community enrichment projects EACB has the pleasure of being involved with. The Deadline is October 29 so don’t waste any time getting this in! The form is attached in case you didn’t get it.
Dance schedule is light this week. Here’s what’s going on:
1:00 – 2:00 Mandatory Pointe Class
2:00-3:30 Snow (no reindeer)
3:30 – 4:30 All Arabian
3:30 – 4:30 Dawn Fairy and All Angels
4:30 – 5:30 All Chinese
4:30 – 5:00 Dawn Fairy and Lead Angels
Nutcracker tickets are on sale now for cast members. Follow the link below and use access code Cast
A coupon code is available until November 1 for the purchase of 10 or more tickets. ** It will not be available after November 1. Coupon Code is CAST10
We’re ready for another fun weekend of practices and costume fittings. Notice some practices have been added this week for Russian and Marzipan.
We’re looking forward to another busy Nutcracker weekend! Headshots will be taken at at your designated time. Don’t forget to wear stage makeup and have your hair down.
See your practice time and costume fittingtime below:
Don’t forget to get your yard sign to display in your yard to support your dancer! $15 per sign. Find me at practice to get yours. ~ Tonya
See below for this week’s rehearsals and costume fittings.
We’ve officially kicked off the Nutcracker Season! Thanks to everyone for coming to the meeting yesterday and getting your contracts and fees turned in. Each week I will update here letting you know any new information as well as reminders.
Yard signs and magnets will still be for sale as part of a fundraising effort. We will also be accepting DVD order forms, signed theatre liability forms, and sponsorship forms/sponsor donations at each practice.
THIS WEEK’s PRACTICES
Saturday, September 16
9:00 – 10:30: Clara, Fritz, maid, apprentice
10:30 – 12:00: ALL party children, maid and apprentice
12-12:30: Lunch break
12:30-2:00: Russian Corps
Sunday, September 17
1:00 – 2:00: Mandatory Pointe class (all dancers 14-up AND all dancers on pointe)
1:00 – 2:00: Gingersnaps
2:00-3:30: All Marzipan
2:00-2:30: Gingersnaps and Mother Ginger
2:30 – 3:30: Mouse King and Nutcracker
3:30 – 5:00: Spanish
3:30- 4:30: Clara and Drosselmeyer
4:30 – 5:30: Clara and Mouse Queen
Today’s the day we’ve been waiting for since December! Dancers, come on over to Rising Starz today and audition for The 2017 Nutcracker Ballet.
Registration begins 30 minutes
prior to audition times
6-9 year olds: 1:30-2:45
10-13 year olds: 2:45 – 4:15
14 & up: 4:15 – 5:45
Turn Out Reach Out was a success. The dances were all beautiful and the choreography pieces were amazing. We sure have some talented dancers in the area!
Now on to the next event! Auditions will be right around the corner on August 20. Check out the poster for Audition Information. Looking forward to seeing everyone again!!