Light. Camera. Action. Clemens center holds Nutcracker dress rehearsals
Elmira, NY (WENY) -- The “Nutcracker in Motion” is coming to the Clemens center this weekend. This year will celebrate 20 years of the performance. Dancers and performers from studios all over the twin tiers are set to perform. Between Thursday and Friday they'll rehearse four times, running through the shows every little detail. It will all culminate in a magnificent performance.
Lights. Camera. Action. The first dress rehearsal for “Nutcracker in Motion” wrapped up late Thursday night. It is a show that's been going on for two decade at the Clemens center.
Over sixty people will perform. But this isn't Tchaikovsky classic that many people are thinking about. “Nutcracker in Motion” is more contemporary.
“Not your traditional Nutcracker. It's very jazzed up and energetic so it's going to be very fun there's always a few surprise.” said Jennifer Stimson, the President of the board for the New Heights Dance Theater.
Stimson said even though dress rehearsals started Thursday night, auditions started back in August.
Regan McDaniel decided to join the ensemble because of her friends. They told her it was fun. With it being her first one, McDaniel will have a major role to play in the performance.
“Clara is the little girl that gets the nutcracker in motion. and she's the lead role.” said McDaniel.
But McDaniel will have plenty of help, as she'll be joined by a number of veterans on stage. For Ashley Thomas the performance is a sort of homecoming. She performed in high school.
“Seeing some of the ones that I saw at the end of my high school career, now getting some more of the lead roles will be really cool to watch them perform.” said Thomas.
Thursday all the pieces need for the show were delivered and unloaded. Combining the set props and wardrobe, it adds up to over 1,000 pieces. Stimson said even with 64 cast members it's truly a team effort. And it's those relationships that keeps people like McDaniel and Thomas from coming back.
“Dance has always been something I love and it's like coming back to see my second family and showing it to the new people in my life.” said Thomas.
And asked what Jeremia Ranck was looking forward to?
“Just watching the curtain raise plus seeing the audience and then watching the kids perform and do their best.” said Ranck.
Both the ensembles productions will be Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $7 for kids.