Coming to Kingsport will be Stephanie Salts and Gregory Brown, both of whom are currently dancing with the Metropolitan Opera this season. Stephanie began her dance training in Beckley, WV with the Beckley Dance Theatre. At age fifteen she was awarded a scholarship with the famed Rock School for Dance Education and has also trained with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Stephanie has danced professionally with Utah Regional Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Lustig Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, Lott Dance, Zest Collective and the Traverse City Dance Project. Stephanie will be dancing the role of Sugar Plum for Intercity Ballet Theatre.
Gregory, born in Illinois, began dancing at twelve years of age and at sixteen was awarded a full scholarship to the Houston Ballet Academy. He has danced with Houston Ballet II, Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet X, and Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Gregory recently published a work titled A Dancer Descended Mt. Kenya, a story of faith of his serving in Rwanda and climbing Mt. Kenya. He will be performing the role of Cavalier.
Also joining Intercity Ballet this season will be Brian Murphy. Brian has danced with Ohio Ballet, Ground Works Dance Theater, Cleveland Ballet, San Jose Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Met to name just a few. He currently dances with Verb Ballet. Brian will be dancing the roles of Coffee (Arabian) and Snow Prince.
Jesse Tidquist will be joining Brian and Intercity Ballet in the role of Coffee and as Snow Queen. Jesse first began dancing professionally with Charleston Ballet, West Virginia, she then joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and was asked to be part of the newly formed Ballet Fleming. She just spent her seventh summer performing and teaching at Burklyn Ballet Theatre and now teaches with the Hunting Dance Theatre and the Morgantown Dance Studio.
Intercity Ballet Theatre of Kingsport, with the help of area sponsors such as Eastman Chemical Company, Eastman Recreation Club, WKPT TV/AM, WTFM, Kingsport Town Center Mall, and Hampton Inn will present its 37th Annual Performance of the magical THE NUTCRACKER for all to see and enjoy.
This year Christmas will come just a little bit early for 4,500 area school children at the morning shows at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center Theater on December 8th and 9th at 9:30 a.m. These special performances will be presented free of charge, as they have been for the past ten years, to all area students and teachers, with additional seating for the public at a nominal fee.
The public is invited to enjoy the evening performances on Friday, December 9, 2016 and Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Join us and experience a snow storm, see a forest magically appear, and a tree grow from 10 feet to 30 feet, all inside the Eastman Theater.
Membership in Intercity Ballet Theatre of Kingsport is open to all area dancers. Each year dancers from all over the area come to the annual audition for The Nutcracker. This year our production will have a cast of over 160 dancers and actors from six different regional schools, along with many adult community leaders and business people.
Local dancers giving their time and talent include, Phil Clemons, dancing the role of The Nutcracker with Colin Rose as Brigidier. Isabella Blevins and Hannah Brickey, will be sharing the role of Clara, with Ella Egan as understudy. Aaron Jackson will dance the role of Nicholas, Anthony Hathaway will be dancing the role of Fritz, with Micah Lawson as understudy. Dancing the role of Mecanical Doll will be Sara Stewart and the role of Military Doll will be danced by Abby Bright.
Dew Drop Fairies will be Samantha Hess, Hallie Miracle and Chloe Lowe. The role of Tree Fairies will be danced by Gracie Blevins and Chloe Rose. Dancing the role of Reed Pipes will be Kihley Bellamy, Hannah Halliburton, Taylor Hubbard, and Hannah Watson. The role of Spanish will be dance by Madeline Howe. The roles of Clara’s parents will be shared by Jeff Luethke and Amy Luethke, and Darrell Duncan and Kristen Looney. The role of Grandfather will be shared by Darrell Duncan and Kevin Odom.
Daniel Ratcliff will be performing the role of the ever popular Rat King and will be adding the role of Mother Ginger. Mr. Mike McGinn will reprise his role of Uncle Drosselmeyer. Dancing the role of Trepak will be Molly Kate Blalock and Abby Lester and role of Chinese will be Phil Clemons, Jessica Gallimor and Madison Rice.
For more information about Intercity Ballet Theatre and The Nutcracker school performances, public performances, or ticket sales, please visit our web site www.intercityballet.org or call 246-2199.