Coming to Kingsport will be Megan Buckley and Gregory Brown, both of whom have danced with the Metropolitan Opera.
Megan, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, received training with Alexandra Ballet pre-professional company. There she performed full length ballets by Marek Cholewa & Rosanna Ruffo and other choreographers. Megan trained at Joffrey Ballet in the Trainee program and with Nashville Ballet School under scholarship. She has danced with Milwaukee Ballet 2, Portland Ballet in Maine, Verb Ballet in Cleveland. Megan won a 1st place at the National Society of Arts & Letters-STL.
Gregory, born in Illionois 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 Snow Prince.
Again 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) with Ashley Henrickson, and Cavalier with Megan Buckley.
Joining Gregory as Snow Queen, will be Intercity Ballet’s own Hallie Miracle Looney. Hallie first began dancing with Centre for the Performing Arts at the age of 4 and now is part of their teaching staff. Hallie has studied with the Nashville Ballet in their summer programs for the past two years, where she was awarded entrance into their advanced program.
Intercity Ballet Theatre of Kingsport, with the help of area sponsors such as Eastman Chemical Company, Eastman Recreation Club, WKPT AM, WTFM, Blue Ridge Properties and Hampton Inn will present it’s 38th Annual Performance of the magical ballet, 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 7th, 8th at 9:30 a.m. These special performances will be presented free of charge, as they have been for the past eleven 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 8, 2017 and Saturday, December 9, 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.
Dorothy Hanner Ratcliff, a native New Yorker, is Artistic Director of Intercity Ballet of Kingsport. Ms Ratcliff studied dance with the American School of Ballet, Ballet Arts, Robert Joffrey, Tour Jete International in Cannes, France and graduated from the New York School of Performing Arts with a major in Ballet and a minor in Modern and Drama. Dorothy has danced professionally throughout the United States and Canada, and was a member of the world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. She has taught dance and choreographed events throughout the Southeast and now is director of the Centre for the Performing Arts.
Local dancers giving their time and talent include, Phil Clemons, dancing the role of The Nutcracker with Colin Rose as Brigidier. Ella Halliburton and Rachael Cartmel, will be sharing the role of Clara, with Kaylie Joyner as understudy. Anthony Hathaway will be dancing the role of Fritz, with Micah Lawson as understudy. Dancing the role of Mecanical Doll will be Jessica Gallimore and the role of Devil Doll will once again be presented and danced by Mollie Kate Blalock, Daryl Conrad, Aaron Jackson and Abby Lester. Tree Fairies will be Hannah Brickey, Sara Stewart with Chloe Rose joining them in the role of Dew Drop Fairies. Dancing the role of Reed Pipes will be Kihley Bellamy, Jacquelyn Crawford, Hannah Halliburton, Taylor Hubbard and Madison RiceThe role of Spanish will be dance by Abby Bright. The roles of Clara’s parents will be shared by Jeff Luethke and Kristen Looney, with the role of Grandfather byDarrell Duncan. 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 Gracie Blevins, Rhiley Goddard, with Abby Lester as understudy. Chinese will be Isabella Blevins, Dakota Buckingham and Phil Clemons.
Tickets for the evening performances will be on sale beginning November 18th at Blue Ridge Properties, Civic Auditorium and at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center. Reserved seating will be sold for the Orchestra floor of the theater while the Balcony tickets are festival seating. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door.
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.
This year’s celebration of the 38th anniversary of The Nutcracker is sure to be memorable. Former dancers and families are invited to a special recognition at the end of the Friday evening performances. This is a holiday tradition that the whole family can enjoy together. Come be a part of the holiday magic that is The Nutcracker.