The West Michigan Youth Ballet Company is preparing for its first annual full-length Nutcracker Ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, on Dec. 12 and 13, at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center (FHFAC), 600 Forest Hills Ave., Grand Rapids. Four students from the Rockford school district are members of the company, and are looking forward to performing in this wonderful Christmas tradition.
Rockford High School senior Rebecca Richmond will appear in the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in both matinees, and dance in the Reed Flute and Snow variation in the evening show. Rockford senior Kathleen Bomers will dance the part of the Kissing Doll in all three performances, as well as the Snow and Flowers variations, and has the lead role in Reed Flute. Lauren Hyink, a fifth-grader at Cannonsburg Elementary School, will perform as a soldier and in the Chinese Ribbon dance. Mary Camp, a first-grader at St. Patrick’s School will be a gingerbread and a mouse.
All four girls are “nuts” about this ballet, and would love to have their friends and neighbors from the Rockford area join them to see the marvelous talent that is present in our city. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for children 10 and younger. Performances will be on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.
After the Sunday performance there is also the opportunity to take part in a “tea,” where you will be able to meet the dancers in person. Those tickets, which are available to performance ticket holders, are $2 for adults and $4 for children. Each child will receive a door prize and make a beautiful craft to take home. And, of course, refreshments will be served as well. After each performance the audience has occasion to buy beautiful Nutcracker-related gifts at the boutique, which make nice presents such as teachers gifts and mementos. Tickets can be obtained by calling the FHFAC box office at (616) 493-8966.