Ballet showcases talent, poise

Published 10:31 pm Wednesday, December 6, 2006

By Staff
A few tears were flowing even before the performance began Sunday afternoon.
But despite the stage fright, the Brewton Dance Studio Ballet Company's annual production of &#8220The Nutcracker” was a success.
I'm not sure how Ann Peevy, who has been directing the show for more than 15 years, is able to corral so many different age groups and personalities into a smooth performance, but it went off with hardly a hitch Sunday at the auditorium at Jefferson Davis Community College.
And yes, there were a few minor incidents - a peppermint who stepped right off the stage to find her mother, a clown who sat on stage a little longer than everyone else.
But whether a daughter was the Sugar Plum Fairy performing the entire show or a clown on stage for just a few moments, parents were proud.
And they should have been.
But, tucked in a corner of the auditorium with my camera, I was completely entertained for the two-hour show. As tulle skirts twirled and toe shoes tapped, little girls - and big girls - with bright personalities, beautiful smiles and sparkling stage presence showed off their talent and self-confidence.
Not every little ballerina is destined for Lincoln Center, but these young women certainly possess talent and poise for whatever they want to do in life.
Kerry Whipple Bean is publisher of The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or by e-mail at