Local student from Wilton Dance Studio's 2012 Nutcracker Ballet shares her thoughts on what it's like to dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy
Some of the most famous music from the holiday classic Nutcracker Ballet is "The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy." In Wilton Dance Studio's 2012 Nutcracker, Shannon Frierson, a Redding student, dances the role. Here. Shannon shares a few words about her experience, commitment, and the teamwork behind this special part.
Most of The Nutcracker the audience never gets to see. The day long rehearsals, the sewing of costumes and pointe shoes, the dancers excitedly waiting backstage when places are called: all of the things that come together to create The Nutcracker, and it all starts with one piece of white paper.
The Monday after audition day always feels like the longest day of the entire year. I anxiously sat in english class, wanting nothing more than to have the cast list in front of me. When I arrived at the studio for my 6:30 ballet class, there was a group of younger kids crowding around the bulletin board, all trying to read their good fortunes. All of the names written in black ink swirled together as I strained my eyes to read what part was written beside my name. It read, Sugar Plum Fairy. I couldn’t contain my excitement as I let out a little squeal of joy. When I was younger, the Sugar Plum Fairy was always the older dancer that I looked up to the most. I was in awe over her purple tutu and pink pointe shoes. Now this part that I always dreamed of having, I would finally be able to dance.
But behind all of the sparkles and glitter is months and months of hard work. Hours and hours of running dances until they’re perfect. The opportunity to be The Sugar Plum Fairy is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. And I can’t wait until all of the days spent rehearsing and all of the practice and preparation come together for one amazing moment where I can be on stage doing what I love most, dancing!
The Wilton Dance Studio production of The Nutcracker will be on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Wilton High School’s Clune Performing Arts Center. To buy tickets, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message or visit www.wiltondance.com and click on the link in the center of the home page to download & print the ticket order form and fax it to the school at 203-544-8820. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.