Statesboro School of Dance and Artistic Director Shay Morgan are excited to celebrate another year of their annual production of the ‘Nutcracker’ Ballet. Started in 2012, thousands from our area have watched this beautiful classic ballet performance as they celebrate the holiday season.
This year’s ballet, proudly presented by Elliano’s Coffee, will take place Sunday, December 3rd at the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center. There are two opportunities to take in this Christmas tradition – 1pm and 5pm. The 2023 performance is dedicated to Melinda Bunton, SSOD’s costume mistress, who passed away in October.
The Nutcracker Ballet follows the story of young Clara Stahlbaum as her toy Nutcracker comes alive and battles the Mouse King and visits magical realms. Danced to the Nutcracker Suite by Peter Tchaikovsky, this ballet has become a staple performance, and Christmas season kick-off, for Statesboro School of Dance.
This year’s cast includes:
- Austin and Heather Whitlock as the Stahlbaum’s
- Charlotte Pagliarullo as Clara
- Eliza Edwards as the Nutcracker
- Vivian Nguyen as the Rat King
- Elle Greeson as the Snow Queen
- Sara Rawlins as the Sugar Plum Fairy
“I am proud of all of my Statesboro School of Dance dancers. Their hard work and dedication can be seen as they take the stage. I have been very thankful that through the years I have gotten to do what I love and then share that love of dance with others. It is a dream come true.” stated Shay Morgan.
Tickets for Statesboro School of Dance’s Nutcracker can be purchased on their website or at https://ssod.hometownticketing.com/embed/all .