Christmas classic brings over 65 locals together for holiday productionÂ
By RODNEY D. BOAM
The Nutcracker is this yearâ€™s Christmas production by the Franklin County Theater Arts Council. The Christmas Classic will be performed at the Worm Creek Opera House on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
The ballet and music were written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is a popular seasonal favorite for ballet companies all over the world.
The Worm Creek Opera house is excited to bring their version to the stage.
The main leads for this yearâ€™s production are Claira, played by Kaycee Naylor, and the Nutcracker, played by Caigun Keller. The Sugar Plum Fairy will be Kaitie Sleight, the Queen of Sweets will be Kinley Moffitt, and Drosselmeyer will be played by Kevin Payne. Klayton Hobbs will play Fritz.
There are over 65 area children from the ages of 3 to 18 who have put in hours of practice for the classic Christmas play.
The last time the Nutcracker was performed in the Worm Creek opera House was three years ago.
â€śThe kids have worked really hard putting this play together. We hope the community will support us,â€ť Kimberly Hobbs said. â€śWe always sell out opening night and the matinee. The other nights have nearly sold out as well.â€ť
This year the co-director is Angie Weeks and the costume director is Nichole Bingham. Choreographers for Nutcracker are Hobbs, Weeks, Valerie Hull, Bingham and Dixon Bowles.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students and can be purchased at True Value Mart or by calling Hobbs at 646-2589. They can also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on the evening performances and 2:30 p.m. for the matinee.
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