Saturday, December 23, 2017

We Don't Do Nutcracker

-    Blogmas  Whatever  .  Thalia  Mara  .  Came  &  Went  .   2  Days  Until  Christmas  !   - 

I'll be honest as if it's not already obvious, but I'm NOT really that good at this Blogmas posting-everyday-business. At least I gave it a shot. The fact is, the reason why I haven't had much to report to you about my life lately is because my life really isn't that interesting when I'm on break for the holidays. Sometimes it is. Last year's holiday break made for good blog posts, but most times my days on break are just filled with lots of R&R and chilling around the house with my family. On this break so far I have enjoyed having lots of time being in the Word. I have been posting a lot of entries on my Faith Page lately if you want to check those out, but it seems like the posts you guys like reading about the most are the ones about my ballet life. If that is so, stick around then because you'll probably enjoy this post.

Once you come to terms with the fact that we are a ballet company that doesn't do The Nutcracker, the second fact you should come to terms with is that we offer a Christmas show that is just as spectacular, if not more! Yes, I may be a tad bit biased, but if you don't believe me because you've never seen any of our Christmas shows before, then you will have to catch one of them next year to formulate an opinion of your own. This year's featured Christmas production which was Light Has Come is an extraordinary show depicting the story of salvation from the unique perspective of the angels. From the first story recorded in the Bible of Adam and Eve in the garden, to Jesus Christ the Messiah appearing on the scene, this ballet of the greatest story ever told draws the audience in to experience in a fresh way the power and glory of the King of kings and the love that He has for us.

Though this recently produced production does not encompass the same timeless traditional richness that The Nutcracker has achieved for itself over the years,  "Light Has Come" certainly has its potential, having a finesse and charisma of its own. Just one week ago Ballet Magnificat took over Thalia Mara Hall in downtown Jackson, Mississippi to perform our biggest shows of the season of "Light Has Come". It was the 50th year of performing there for our founder and Artistic Director Kathy Thibodeaux!

I did my best to document "Tech Week" leading up to the shows this past week and into the weekend to give you an insider look into all the preparation that gets put into making these shows at Thalia Mara happen! Enjoy!

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 12/11 Monday:  We had this day off to recover from the previous weekend full of performances. 
 12/12 Tuesday: We had combined rehearsal with the trainees and school of the arts.
 12/13 Wednesday: We loaded into Thalia Mara Hall. What a beautiful Theater.

 12/14 Thursday: We had combined rehearsal again 
 12/15 Friday: We had 1/2 Part dress rehearsal for both acts one and two. 
 12/16-17 Saturday and Sunday: Showtime! 2:00pm and 7:00pm Saturday, and 2:00pm Sunday  

All the shows went well. Everything ran so smoothly. We love performing at Thalia Mara Hall and can't wait to do it again next year. 

I was delighted to know that good friend, Elisa was in the audience

Alpha group picture before showtime

Loved seeing these smiling faces after the show! Just a few of my Pastor's children.

If you missed "Light Has Come" this year, it looks like you will have to catch it on tour sometime next year (Spoiler Alert!) since it looks like we will be doing our production of "Snow Queen" next Christmas season at Thalia Mara.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Am I right that you just LOVE reading about ballet?
What kind of ballet things are you interested in me writing about next?
Would you let me know your ideas, comments, and questions down below?
I do hope you all are enjoying your holiday season!
Have A Very Merry Christmas!
God Bless!

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