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Snowflakes, fairies and a nutcracker, oh my!

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December 08, 2009

A Sugar Plum Fairy, a Snow Queen and snowflakes will swirl across the stage of Russell Auditorium turning it into a magical Christmas dream.

This year’s Nutcracker production, presented by the Theatre Department, commemorates its 13th consecutive year at Georgia College & State University.

Georgia College Coordinator of Dance Amelia Pelton is the original and only director of the production. Each year she strives to put an innovative twist on the classic.

“It is the most popular ballet that is done in the world,” Pelton said. “You can take it and make it your own. I try to pick up the strengths of the dancers and create choreography around that. It allows us to highlight what we have, and it provides each individual dancer a chance to shine. It’s still the classic production, but it is fresh.”

Fifty Georgia College students are among this year’s 230 dancers ranging in age from 3 to adult.

Sophomore Elizabeth Bryant is dancing three parts this year: a snowflake, a Chinese dancer and lady in waiting.

I’ve always done the nutcracker at the studio back at home,” said Bryant, whose home is Hoover, Ala. “I love that it is done here and that I can continue to be a part of it. It’s a really fun holiday show, and it gets me into the spirit of Christmas. “

A talented recent Georgia College graduate Jessica Gore, will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Senior Emily Wyche portrays the enviable role of the Snow Queen.

And the Georgia College Cheer Squad will reprise their roles as the acrobatic Russian dancers.

“It’s a very happy ballet,” Pelton said. “It is very cheerful and light. It’s about Christmas and celebrating the holiday season. It’s really appropriate for every age. It’s fun, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy the production.”

The troupe will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Dec. 13.

Admission is $11 for the general public and $8 for children under 12 and GCSU Students.

Tickets can be purchased online at For more information contact the Theatre Department at 445-8290.


ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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