- Last Updated on 08:06 AM 12/13/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
“The Nutcracker” ballet is the story of a young girl’s enchanted romantic dream, and We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy will perform an abridged version of the ballet on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Halifax County High School auditorium.
Within the troupe of We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy’s abridged version of “The Nutcracker” is a real life romance. Madison Mitchell and Trueitt Henderson are a local staple on the dating scene.
Mitchell is a 10th grader at Halifax County High School. She has been a member of the We’ve Got Rhythm Competition team for the past four years. When not dancing, She works at her grandparent’s store, Punk’s Self-Service.
In “The Nutcracker” Mitchell portrays Drosselmeyer. Drosselmeyer is the godfather of Clara. He is the local magical toy maker.
Drosselmeyer enters the family Christmas party and presents Clara with the nutcracker. He also appears on the top of the family’s grandfather clock to mark the inception of Clara’s charmed dream.
Mitchell also depicts The Sugar Plum Fairy. The Sugar Plum Fairy rules the Land of Sweets. She welcomes The Nutcracker and his beloved Clara.
To honor them for their bravery, a celebration of sweets from around the world is produced. The Sugar Plum Fairy presents the duo with chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, tea from China and candy canes from Russia.
Henderson is a high school student from Roxboro, N.C. He is fond of hunting, fishing and working on vehicles but decided to put that all aside to participate in “The Nutcracker.”
Mitchell said, “The whole team needed him to pitch in and help out, and he couldn’t refuse.”
Henderson said, “It is worth burning the fuel to spend the time with Madison.”
For those who would like to see a young romance real or make-believe, then check out the We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy’s abridged version of “The Nutcracker” to be performed on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Halifax County High School auditorium.
Tickets may be purchased in advance from the studio or any cast member. They also may be bought at the door.