For the first time since 1998, the Griffin Ballet Theatre will present The Nutcracker in Thomaston with the show taking place on Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center. This year the holiday favorite will feature over 100 talented dancers including professional guest dancers from the Carolina Ballet Theatre, and two of Thomaston’s own ballerinas, Montana Evans and Meghan Jacobs.
Montana is the daughter of Chuck and Michelle Evans and has been dancing since she was two years old. This will be her eighth year participating in The Nutcracker and she will perform as a Jester Doll, Chinese, Mouse and Arabian. She is a member of the Junior Company of the Griffin Ballet Theatre and she takes jazz, point and two ballet classes.
Meghan is the daughter of Chad and Cindy Jacobs and is in her sixth year of taking dance. She will be performing Sunday as a party girl, an icicle and a candy cane and this is her fourth year in the annual ballet. She is currently an apprentice with the Griffin Ballet Theatre and is also enrolled in jazz, point and two ballet classes.
Each year being a part of The Nutcracker is an exciting adventure on its own, but what both girls are the most excited about is having the opportunity to dance on stage in their hometown.
“Meghan screamed when she heard the news,” said her mother Cindy.
Montana’s mother Michelle noted her daughter had hoped she would get to dance at the Fine Arts Center since it opened last spring.
Although dancing is a favorite hobby of both Montana and Meghan, many hours of hard work have gone into preparation for their performances. There have been weeknight and weekend rehearsals on top of their school work, but all of the time spent practicing will pay off this weekend. There will be one performance on Sunday, November 24 at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children/students and there are also special discounts available for local dance students.
When asked if there was anything they wanted to tell our readers, both girls stated they would love to have all of their friends come watch this year’s performance of The Nutcracker.
They will also be performing in Griffin on November 29, 30 and December 1 at the Griffin Auditorium.