Annual Nutcracker returns for holiday season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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The Nutcracker will take the stage on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. An annual tradition, the Brewton Ballet Company, a division of Brewton Dance Studio, under the direction of Ann Peevy, will complete its 29th yearly performance.

“I just love the children’s excitement on stage and telling this story. It has just been beautiful through the years,” said Peevy.

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The traditional Christmas performance tells the story of a nutcracker and his fearsome adversary, The Mouse King. Imagined by E.T.A. Hoffman and music by Tchaikovsky, the timeless performance focuses on the main character, Clara, and her family during the Christmas season. Stepping into Clara’s dream, the audience will be exposed to a magical afternoon of dances and dreams.

All participants of the Brewton Ballet Company, ages 3 to 21, will play a part on stage. Furthermore, the group has been preparing for many weeks.

“We started practicing in mid-September,” said Peevy. Along with the ballerinas, many community participants help with the event. “I have always had a lot of community help in putting it together,” shared Peevy. “This year, the lady that plays the Nanny was my first ‘Clara’.” With returning participants, the production truly is a community holiday tradition.

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $5, or can be purchased for $8 at the door. The performance will be held at the Woodfin Patterson Auditorium at Coastal Alabama Community College.

Encouraging everyone to attend, Peevy concluded, “It definitely will put you in the Christmas spirit!”