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OWENSBORO, Ky. (12/6/13) - You may have seen “The Nutcracker” a million times, but you haven’t seen it like the Owensboro Dance Theatre performs the classic. Infusing many different kinds of dances, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and Latin, “The Nutcracker” comes to life in many exciting ways.

ODT has been performing the Christmas classic for 21 years, but this year, they are unveiling a majestic new snow scene backdrop, unique costumes, and jazzy new choreography. Rehearsing may have began in October, but the crew began working on the bringing the time-honored family favorite to life since the summertime.

“To see the whole thing come together with what they’ve been working on for months, that’s really exciting and really fun,” said Jordan Keyon Smith, who dances as the Rat King. “It’s like ‘wow!’ we put together this amazing production.”

Joshua Blake Carter, who dances as the Nutcracker King, agrees saying, “We get the easy part (as dancers), we get to show up and learn our steps and we get to see the end result.”

Many effects also bring the enchanted tale to life. Audiences will see snow, smoke, illuminated stages, and even dancers suspended on swings.

Allison McCoy, Assistant Artistic Director of the ODT, spoke highly of “The Nutcracker’s” lead dancers who , Smith, Carter, and also Devin Buchanan, saying the three “bring something extra” to the production. The lead dancers join many local dancers of all ages. McCoy also explained to SurfKY that backstage, it’s a family atmosphere.

“Owensboro is like an extended family for us,” Smith, who dances regularly with a theatre group in Atlanta, said.

Even though McCoy has seen the production come to life for years, she said the feeling of accomplishment when everything finally comes together never goes away.

“To be the director and watch every thing come to life, watch your dancers grow and improve, and when these guys come in and you get all the effects and it makes the whole show, you’re kind of sometimes amazed,” McCoy explained. “It’s awesome and it’s worth all the hard work.”

“The Nutcracker” will be performed at the RiverPark Center 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information on how to order tickets, call (270) 684-9580.

Taylor Riley
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