Trish Clark of Prattville leads ballet practice at Rising Starz Wednesday. Dancers were practicing for Sunday’s performance of the Nutcracker Suite. | Alison James

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Children to perform Nutcracker

Published 12:36pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

An upcoming Christmas performance will be right “en pointe” as several dozen children take the stage to perform the Nutcracker Suite and other holiday dances for a Christmas on the Lake Christmas performance.

“It’s beautiful,” said Director Kathy Richards. “I don’t even really know how to describe it except it’s something children don’t forget.”

The performance will be a combined effort of the Rising Starz students of Alexander City and the youth ballet company, Auburn Ballet Theatre, of Rising Starz in Auburn. It will be held at Benjamin Russell High School Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.

“We plan to make it a yearly event and expand it each year,” Richards said.

For this year, the show will be preceded by performances by the Benjamin Russell High School percussion line and iPad band at 1:30 p.m. and will begin at 2 p.m. with a number of holiday dances, including a kick line group, jazz numbers and a lyrical contemporary piece.

“I think people will like it,” said Monea Brooks, who is participating in the Russian dance for the Nutcracker Suite segment of the performance. “There are going to be different dances and different things. It’s going to be enjoyable.”

The Nutcracker Suite will make up the second portion of the show, and Richards said the show will incorporate the youngest children performers by having them onstage in their favorite pajamas listening to a reading of the Nutcracker before the performance starts.

“We figure it’s a great way to get the little ones on stage and get them used to being on stage,” Richards said.

Admission will be $10 for adults or $5 for children younger than 8. After the show, the “Suite Shop” will open, allowing audience members to meet the performers, have their pictures taken with them and purchases holiday treats and Nutcracker novelties.

Mackenzie Galvan said she is nervous but excited about performing her baton routine.

“I’m going to get to show some of my friends that are coming … how well I can do,” Mackenzie said.

Richards said she hopes the performance will become something exciting for the community to anticipate each year and students will begin to aspire to certain roles.

“It gives people a chance … to travel back to when times were more simple, and kids dreamt about getting sweets,” Richards said.

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