News and notes from Fredericksburg's entertainment scene
Arts: In step with the holiday season
BY LINDLEY ESTES
THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Fans of dance in the Fredericksburg area are in luck this weekend with three companies, Avery Ballet, the Fredericksburg Dance Centre and Fredericksburg Studio of the Arts, hosting their annual holiday programs.
Avery Ballet’s annual “Winter Holiday Dances” will be held at the Caroline Street studio Dec. 14–16.
Director Lisa Avery describes the performance as “a collection of classical and contemporary Christmas music featuring all of the dancers but highlighting the more advanced ones.”
Avery called the performance a different option from the normal holiday dance.
“I hope that the real meaning of the holiday comes through for people,” she said. “That for an hour and 15 minutes people can come out of the hustle and bustle and enjoy it.”
Tickets are available for $10 at the door and proceeds will benefit the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation, and specifically one family in the Fredericksburg area.
Avery said the father served for seven years and returned wounded and not able to work.
They have been served an eviction notice and their car was recently repossessed.
She said along with the funds from admission, she hopes to give the family food, encouraging those attending to bring a non-perishable food item to donate as well.
On Sunday, there will be a shortened 45-minute performance at 2 p.m. for younger children.
FREDERICKSBURG BALLET CENTRE
Also running Saturday and Sunday is the Fredericksburg Ballet Centre’s “The Nutcracker” performance.
Jennifer Cleaton, director of Fredericksburg Ballet Centre, said their performance, now in its 33rd year, is the longest running “Nutcracker” program in the area.
“It’s the classical, full-length ‘Nutcracker’ ballet,” she said.
Cleaton called the show a magical, family tradition.
“I love when people really see the beauty of dance and enjoy it,” she said.
The ballet will be held at James Monroe High school and tickets are available at the Centre’s studio and Scarpdoodles in Central Park in advance for $16 and at the door on the day of the show for $18.
FREDERICKSBURG STUDIO OF THE ARTS
The Fredericksburg Studio of the Arts is also presenting the classic “Nutcracker” story on Saturday.
Their program “The Nutcracker and Songs of Good Cheer” will be divided into two acts. The first act is “The Nutcracker” performed by students from specific ballet, pointe and contemporary classes. The second act, “Songs of Good Cheer” involves all other dancers.
The performance will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania.
Tickets are $10.
Avery Ballet’s “Winter Holiday Dances”
Where: Avery Ballet Studio, 810 Caroline St.
When: Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The abbreviated children’s performance will be offered Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m.
Fredericksburg Ballet Centre’s “Nutcracker 2012”
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets: $16 (children 2 and under free) in advance at the Centre’s studio or at Scrapdoodles in Central Park. $18 at the door. Note: $20 limited patron seating guaranteed in the first five middle rows must be purchased in advance at the studio. $13 in advance discount tickets for Girl/Boy Scout Troops (minimum five members). Discount applicable for the 2 p.m. Saturday performance only.
“The Nutcracker/Songs of Good Cheer”
Where: Riverbend High School, 12301 Spotswood Furnace Road
When: Satuday, Dec. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976