Monday, December 8, 2008

Seniors Shine at Georgia Youth Ballet's Nutcracker

Georgia Youth Ballet’s 13th annual performance of The Nutcracker this month will be the final Nutcracker for nine GYB dancers who are seniors in regional high schools. Robin Burton, Kara Cawley, Kelly Church, Keri Church, Pharan Evans, Nicole Henry, Hannah Skibiel, Kate Walker and Emily Ward (of Senoia) will dance the final four Nutcracker performances of their pre-professional careers this weekend at Sandy Creek High School’s Patriot Hall in Tyrone.

Overall, GYB is one of the only local ballet companies that tells the unabridged story of Clara, her feisty little brother Fritz, and the valiant service of Clara’s favorite toy Nutcracker as he comes to life and guides her through a winter fantasy of action, adventure and classical ballet, all set to the wonderful musical score of Tchaikovsky. GYB is a regional ballet company with more than 100 performers from seven south-metro counties. GYB’s Nutcracker is notable for its custom sets, costumes and choreography, all of which have been refined annually since the company was founded in 1996 in Fayetteville.

This year’s Nutcracker also marks GYB’s return to a Fayette County venue - Patriot Hall at Sandy Creek High School, 360 Jenkins Road in Tyrone (30290). Performances are Friday, December 12 at 7:30pm (Family night – all tickets $8), Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 and 8pm, and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30pm. Except for the Family night performance, all tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors 55 and over. Tickets are available at the door or by calling The Studio at (770) 716-9858. For more information, please visit GYB’s website at
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