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30th Annual Production of the Nutcracker

The 30th annual San Angelo Civic Ballet's production of the Nutcracker begins Friday evening with the opportunity to attend four performances through Sunday. After several months of rehearsal the performers are ready to put on this traditional Holiday performance.
The 30th annual San Angelo Civic Ballet's production of the Nutcracker begins Friday evening with the opportunity to attend four performances through Sunday.

After several months of rehearsal the performers are ready to put on this traditional Holiday performance.

Connie Gonzalez reports...

For the past three months these ballerinas eat, sleep, and breath the Nutcracker. This weekends marks the 30th annual production; choreographed eight years ago by artistic director, Meghann Bridgeman.

"I try to keep it very traditional, because I think people enjoy the ritual of the Nutcracker," Bridgeman said.

The premier of the Nutcracker was help in St. Petersberg, Russia; now, over 120 years later, the ballet is performed all around the world during the holidays...fascinating millions.

"Even if you don't know the ballet you know the score it's on every Christmas commercial, it's in every department store," Bridgeman said.

For nine years, Georgia Lupton, has performed several roles in the production developing through the years.

"It's a lot of time you give up, but it's worth it once it get to the performance," Luton said.

Lupton is a key part of this holiday tradition, but she's captivated by the other ballerinas forte.

"It's done all over the world, so it's cool to be able to see difference types of performances that different cities can do and it's cool to see all the different ages of dancers in it," Lupton said.

The Nutcracker entails abilities of all ages, but as you gain experience the training multiplies.

"The Sugar Plum Fairy goes through five pairs of pointe shoes in the week," Bridgeman said.

The advanced dancers perform in pointe shoes requiring at least 30 hours of practice a week.

"That's a huge privilege and the children on pointe I think demonstrate that," Bridgeman said.

After the four shows have been completed on Sunday, what will the performers do with their time then?

"I sleep a lot," performer, Eiley Kent, said.

Performances begin Friday at 8 p.m.

Visit www.sanangelocivicballet.org to purchase tickets.
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