Cast will set up at Lockerly, will also record at Russell
The Nutcracker at Russell Auditorium is one of the great Milledgeville traditions, regardless of the time of year.
It’s so great, apparently, that not even COVID-19 can knock it out. Georgia College announced this week that The Nutcracker once again will take place next month at Russell Auditorium, albeit with a 2020 twist. The different scenes will be performed one at a time and eventually edited together for DVD. No audience members will be allowed inside.
Also, for the first time, the cast will “perform in front of a live, drive-by audience at Lockerly Arboretum’s inaugural Christmas lights display in Milledgeville. Georgia College’s Nutcracker will be staged outside with all the props, lights, ballet and holiday magic audiences have come to expect,” according to a university press release.
Added the press release: “Lockerly’s light show is five weekend nights from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $10 per car. Georgia College’s dance troupe will appear on two nights. Act one – the party scene with mice, soldiers, tap dancers and snowflakes—will be 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Act two—the land of sweets and dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy—will be 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.”
The DVD, meanwhile, will be available on Dec. 10.
“This year’s been a huge challenge,” said longtime director Amelia Pelton, “but we’re so grateful for the opportunity to present ‘The Nutcracker’ in some form.”