The 19th annual production of The Nutcracker by the Beth Fowler Dance Company will be performed at DeKalb’s historic Egyptian Theatre at 7:00 PM on December 7th and 8th and at 2:00 PM on December 8th and 9th. Artistic Director Beth Fowler has added new scenes, choreography and characters to the production to showcase the talents of the growing dance company.
The newly created character of the Christmas Fairy waves a magic wand that causes magical visions to appear that tell the story. Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet tells the story of Clara receiving a toy soldier nutcracker at her family’s Christmas Eve party. The Nutcracker comes to life in Clara’s dream, defeats the Rat King and turns into a Prince. He escorts her on a wondrous journey through a snowy forest to the Land of the Sweets. They meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and others who entertain with delightful dances.
The production includes beautiful costuming, large gift boxes containing life size dolls, a lighted swan-like sleigh that carries Clara on her enchanted journey and special effects such as falling snow and a magical growing Christmas tree.
Featured company dancers are Rachel Olson as Clara, Miranda Cordes as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Rachael Kollins as the Christmas Fairy, Hannah Smith as the Rat King, Keeley Sawyer as the Rose Queen and Melanie Elsenbroek and Larry Pool are the Snow Queen and King.
Guest artists are Bryan Conner of Chicago who performs as the Nutcracker Prince/Cavalier and Ryan Kane of NIU who performs with Hannah Smith as the Arabian Coffee couple. Guest artist Micah Moch of Los Angeles returns to perform again with The Company in several divertissements. Since his last performance with The Company he was cast and appeared in the movie Avatar.
Dance company soloists are Mary Rose Fair as the Jester Doll, Haly Young as the Ballerina Doll, Cassandra Steffey as the Russian Doll, Alycia Aldaz as the Angel Soloist, Kelly Bolander as the Spanish Soloist, Cara Birschbach as the Chinese soloist and Brooke Fowler as the Candy Cane Queen. Choreography is by Artistic Director Beth Fowler assisted by Miranda Cordes, Hannah Smith and Tamera Newquist. Original choreography in the pas de deux is by Lev Ivanov. Stage props were designed and constructed by Bob Fowler. Costume coordinator is Madlyn Steffey. Volunteer coordinator is Britni Michael.
Tickets are available online at www.egyptiantheatre.org . Tickets are $15.00 for children 12 and younger and $20.00 for adults. All tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before each performance. The Egyptian Theatre is located at 135 North Second Street in DeKalb. Phone 815-758-1225. For more information about Beth Fowler School of Dance please visit their website.