After last year's successful trial run, Seaside is bringing back the "The Nutcracker" performance for a memorable, one-night-only event.
"Initially, we weren’t sure it would become an annual event, last year was a trial," said Lori Leath Smith, director of public relations and marketing for Seaside. "We found that the community, homeowners, parents and visitors loved it and wanted it so much, that Daryl Davis opted to invite Alpharetta Dance Theatre back to perform with the Seaside Neighborhood School Dance Academy."
Davis, wife of Seaside founder Robert Davis, is a "trail blazer for bringing the arts into the community," Smith said. After watching the Alpharetta Dance Theatre perform at Seaside Neighborhood School last year, Davis had the idea to bring a professional dance company to the beach to dance with the Seaside school dancers. And so, invited the Georgia company, led by director Rose Barile, to come back and perform for the whole community.
"Davis' goal is for Barile, an honor graduate of Juilliard and former prima ballerina of the Atlanta Ballet, to continue working with the SNS dancers to encourage them in their development of becoming talented performers," Smith said. "And to share this culture with the surrounding community."
The Nutcracker performance will feature Act II, which includes famous characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger and, of course, The Nutcracker Prince. Set to the classic score by Tchaikovsky, the performance will feature almost 50 dancers from Seaside and the Alpharetta Theatre. The show truly brings together the community with an opening number featuring a Christmas Carol performance led by SNS's music department, led by Balder Saunders and local elementary students will have a chance to shine, dancing in the overture. Since the performance is only an hour long, it is a great way to introduce the timeless holiday story to young viewers.
"We hope to continue to offer not only Act II, but also the entire musical in the future. It is our hope that 'The Nutcracker' in Seaside will become an annual, family tradition," Smith said.
And while the beach isn't a typical backdrop for "The Nutcracker," Alpharetta dancers are excited about their return to Seaside.
"We are eager to perform the Nutcracker again this year!” said Alpharetta Dancer, Averie Lico, "Seaside is a magical place to present 'The Nutcracker' and I am honored to dance as the Sugarplum Fairy this year."