FORT RILEY -- The annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will be held at Ware Elementary on Thursday, December 9. The fifth grade students will perform for the school at 2:00 p.m. and an evening performance for family and friends at 6:30 p.m.
This is the third year that “The Nutcracker” has been performed at Ware. The Music Teachers, Susan Gillespie and Freedom Brass, use “The Nutcracker” each year as a way to expose students to a classic story and wonderful music. It is also a good opportunity to “show the fifth grade students some of the types of extracurricular activities they will be exposed to in the coming years at middle and high school. – choir, drama, band, public speaking and debate, to name a few,” explained Mrs. Brass
The students began studying “The Nutcracker” in late September. Tryouts were held for some of the main parts. All of the students were chosen for their part based on abilities and their interest in certain pieces in the program.
The performance includes something for everyone and as Mrs. Gillespie explained, “everyone gets to be a part of the action. All of the students, there are over 100 fifth graders, have a costume and participate in a dance, along with singing throughout the show.”
Some of the students in the performance took a break from rehearsals to share some of their favorite aspects of “The Nutcracker.”
Kayla Rose is the Nutcracker and says that her favorite line is, “Say, isn’t it a beautiful night? Why, that marshmallow moon looks good enough to eat.” Kayla has had previous experience acting in other performances and enjoys watching her fellow students perform.
Alex Lindgren as Fritz, another acting role, enjoys the music of “The Nutcracker.” Especially the overture, “which sets the stage for the whole performance.” This is Alex’s first speaking and acting role.
McKenzie Tubbs said that she likes “ballet stuff, which is why I picked the Sugar Plum Fairy part,” and “is excited about dancing. I love practicing! That is why I come in during recess and work on it with Mrs. Gillespie and Mrs. Brass.”
Everyone is invited to enjoy the evening performance at Ware Elementary, in the gym at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 9th.
The more the merrier!