NUTCRACKER AT SEASIDE
Event Date: November 23
Event Time: 5:00p.m.
Location: Seaside Amphitheatre, Seaside, FL.
The Merchants of SEASIDE® are pleased to announce the return of the annual Nutcracker ballet to be performed by the Dance Academy of Seaside Neighborhood School (SNS) and Alpharetta Dance Theatre. A memorable holiday viewing tradition, the one-time performance is free and open to the public Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. in the SEASIDE® Amphitheater.
SEASIDE® co-founder and patron of the Arts Daryl Davis invited Alpharetta Dance Theatre dancers back to perform the Nutcracker with the dancers of Seaside Neighborhood School after standing room only was available at last year’s show.
The Nutcracker in SEASIDE® is under the direction of Rose Barile, an honor graduate of Juilliard School and former Prima Ballerina of the Atlanta Ballet, who danced Sugar Plum Fairy for decades. Barile recently celebrated her 30th anniversary as Director of Alpharetta Dance Theatre and her company has performed the Nutcracker in North Atlanta for 17 years. “I truly enjoy working with the SNS dancers; they are extremely enthusiastic about learning,” said Barile. “We are creating an opportunity for these students to develop qualities of strength, discipline and leadership in their school and communities."
Featuring Act II, with choreography by Barile, the Nutcracker in SEASIDE® will last one hour. Set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, the performance features 22 Alpharetta Dance Theatre ballerinas and 25 DanceAcademy of SNS dancers. SNS dancers expand their role this year by performing three Act II dances: Angels, Candy Canes and Polichinelles. The show opens with a Christmas Carol performance by SNS’s music department, led by Balder Saunders, followed by students from local elementary schools dancing to the overture of Angels.
Several SNS students are returning to the Nutcracker stage including Emma Pilcher and Caroline Bailey stating, "We are eager to perform the Nutcracker again this year!” Averie Lico, Alpharetta Dancer Theatre Sugarplum Fairy said, "SEASIDE® is a magical place to present the Nutcracker and I am honored to dance as the Sugarplum Fairy this year."
The Dance Academy of Seaside Neighborhood School is directed by both Andrea Alfieri, the jazz and musical theatre instructor and Seleta Hayes Howard, the classical ballet mistress. Founded by Alfieri, Cathy Brubaker and Howard in 2011, the program currently enrolls 27 students and has enhanced the school’s curriculum by offering alternatives to traditional physical education classes.
Hayes Howard, Nutcracker Ballet Mistress and former student of Barile, said, “We are grateful for the support of Daryl Davis, who is dedicated to bringing the Arts into our community. Our program provides students with the tools to improve their confidence, discipline, and dance skills for both presenting material and working toward a goal. This gives them a great sense of achievement as well as skills they will use in all life situations. It is an honor for them to share this cultural experience with our community.”
Alfieri, an On/Off Broadway veteran also commented, “For a classically trained dancer, Christmas is not complete without the Nutcracker. Having also danced this ballet from age eight well into my late twenties, it’s a joy to be part of sharing this magical holiday tradition with our students at SNS and the 30A community.”
About Seaside Neighborhood School
Seaside Neighborhood School, Inc. serves students in sixth through tenth grade with a vision to expand to elementary and high school grade levels. Located in the beautiful coastal town of Seaside, Florida, Seaside School, Inc. also known as Seaside Neighborhood School opened its doors in 1996 as one of the first charter schools in Florida to 36 students, two faculty members, and one administrator. Seaside Neighborhood School currently has 204 students, 15 faculty and staff members, and two administrators.
SEASIDE®, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is located on South Walton County’s Hwy. 30-A, between Panama City Beach and Destin. Acclaimed world-wide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism, SEASIDE® offers a thriving town center with shopping and dining, all within walkable distance to homes, cottages and offices. Consisting of more than 300 homes, many of them vacation rentals, the town offers more than 12 restaurants and eateries, and 41 shops and galleries.
SEASIDE® was recently named the “Best Beach on Earth” for families by Travel + Leisure magazine and included in USA Today's "Top 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida (2013) by “Dr. Beach.” The town was also the primary filming location of the classic movie “The Truman Show,” which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
SEASIDE® has become a prominent topic in architectural schools and in housing-industry magazines, is visited by design professionals from throughout the United States, and is included in the American Institute of Architects (Florida chapter) list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places.
For more information, visit www.seasidefl.com or call (850) 231-6179.