Student-driven production of ‘The Nutcracker’ debuts in Marietta Thanksgiving weekend

Nov. 24—It is a basic fact of the American holiday timeline that after visions of turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving come visions of sugarplums and fairies in productions of the classic Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker.”

The Marietta-based Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre will show their annual version of the 1892 Tchaikovsky ballet this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater.

Ashleigh Whitworth, the show’s artistic director, danced in GMDT productions of “The Nutcracker” in the same theater. She described the annual production as a tradition passed down through generations of dancers at the Georgia Dance Conservatory on Marietta Square.

The bulk of the ballet’s cast is comprised of 125 students, ranging from second graders to high school seniors, from the dance school.

“Every year as they graduate there’s something very special for them to look forward to, maybe the first time they perform en pointe, or the…

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