Magic on the stage: Dance theater peforms 'Nutcracker' this week
by Sally Litchfield
November 28, 2013 09:44 PM | 1631 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brayden Simmons, a member of The Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre in Marietta rehearses the Waltz of the Flowers for the upcoming performance of The Nutcracker. <br> Staff/Todd Hull
Brayden Simmons, a member of The Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre in Marietta rehearses the Waltz of the Flowers for the upcoming performance of The Nutcracker.
Staff/Todd Hull
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Joey Merendino, who plays the part of the Nutcracker Prince, rehearses for the upcoming performance.
Joey Merendino, who plays the part of the Nutcracker Prince, rehearses for the upcoming performance.
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Abby Quarles, playing the part of the Sugar Plum Ferry in “The Nutcracker,” rehearses with Gillian Huffman, playing the mouse.
Abby Quarles, playing the part of the Sugar Plum Ferry in “The Nutcracker,” rehearses with Gillian Huffman, playing the mouse.
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Get swept away in the magic of the holidays this Thanksgiving weekend. Go see Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” at the Jennie T Anderson Theatre.

Tchaikovsky’s score of ‘The Nutcracker’ is so well known, but seeing dancers perform live to his music brings this story to life in a way that is incredibly magical,” said Ashleigh Whitworth, assistant artistic director, resident choreographer of GMDT. GMDT is in its 57th season of dance.

The Nutcracker is family friendly.

“The young ones are so often inspired by what they see on stage, and the story is full of delightful, captivating moments that any family member can connect with,” said Whitworth, a Marietta resident who graduated from Sprayberry High School in 2003. She has been affiliated with GMDT (formerly Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre) since she was 7 years old.

“The Nutcracker is one of the most accessible, relatable stories in ballet and GMDT presents a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to experience the arts through live dance performance,” she said.

The cast is comprised of 150 young dancers who attend local schools such as West Side Elementary, The Walker School, Baker Elementary, Marietta Middle and High School, A.L. Burruss Elementary, Casa Montessori, Cheatham Hill Elementary, Lovinggood Middle, St. Joseph’s, Pebblebrook and others.

“Our company dancers undergo rigorous weekly training at Georgia Dance Conservatory, in addition to weekend rehearsals to prepare them for GMDT performances,” said Whitworth.

For tickets, visit georgiametrodance.org or call the box office at (770) 528-8490.

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