New Milford dance students to perform 'The Nutcracker' Sunday
The holiday performance includes pupils from FineLine's acting, musical theater and dance departments.
Opening with a nontraditional first act, the story tells of different "families" who attend the Christmas classic and how the show resonates with their personal traditions.
It incorporates musical theater songs and dances, acted scenes, tap dancing and classical ballet.
Elizabeth Parkinson, founder and director of FineLine, said, "We started thinking of `The Nutcracker' and what a huge tradition it is every year, and we wanted to explore that idea."
Parkinson has performed with the Joffrey Ballet, the Feld Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group and Twyla Tharp Dance. On Broadway, she played the lead in "Fosse" and the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp hit "Movin' Out," for which she earned a 2003 Tony Award nomination and took home the Astaire Award for best dancer on Broadway.
The production is choreographed by FineLine's teachers and directed by Parkinson's husband, Scott Wise. He is a veteran of 14 Broadway shows and a Tony Award winner for Jerome Robbins' "Broadway," as well as a nominee for "State Fair" and "Fosse." He also appeared in the movie "Chicago."
Wise worked as assistant director to Tharp in "Movin' Out" and has taught nationwide, including at New York City's Steps on Broadway.
Approximately 100 students will participate in "The Nutcracker" performance. Parkinson said they were steadfast in their desire to utilize the talents of only their students and to not bring in professional artists for the larger roles. Advanced student Tiffany Billings will have the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
There will be performances Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. They cost $15 for adults, $10 for students, free for children under age 6.
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