Published 12/13/2012 in Local News
Steps Dance School to perform The Nutcracker
By RACHAEL GRAY
Brad Nading/Telegram Qustin Lubbers lifts Alexa Hemmert above his head on one of the scenes Wednesday during a dress rehearsal for Steps Dance School's production of "The Nutcracker" at Horace Good Middle School's Clifford Hope Auditorium. Performances wil be on Friday through Sunday.
Brad Nading/Telegram A group of cast members perform a scene Wednesday during a dress rehearsal for Steps Dance School's "The Nutcracker" at HGMS' Clifford Hope Auditorium.
Brad Nading/Telegram The Mouse King makes an appearance to rally his troops during a scene from a dress rehearsal of Steps Dance School's production of "The Nutcracker" Wednesday at HGMS’ Clifford Hope Auditorium.
Ballet enthusiasts and community supporters have the opportunity this weekend to see an international production put on by local southwest Kansans.
Steps Dance School will present "The Nutcracker" Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Clifford Hope Auditorium in Horace J. Good Middle School.
The performances are split into two casts. "A" Cast will perform at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. "B" cast will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 at the door.
The performance is put on by Steps every other year.
"The Nutracker" is about a young girl named Clara who receives a Nutcracker doll for Christmas. The Nutcracker and the other toys come to life in Clara's dream that night and she enters their world.
Sabrina Montez, Steps owner, urges people to get out and see the ballet.
"This is all local. The kids have been working hard since August to put this show together. Come out and enjoy this worldwide tradition with local talent," she said.
Montez originally is from Pueblo, Colo., where she and her sister grew up dancing.
"We would do 'The Nutcracker' every year," she said.
Montez said the production draws audience members from surrounding communities who want to see the ballet.
"It's nice to be able to give this community a tradition that is usually found in bigger communities," she said.
The students performing range in age from 3 to college-age kids.
"We have been recruiting high school students to help with partnering," she said.
Some of the leads in the show have been dancing for seven to eight years, Montez said.
Andrew Galpin, 13, a student at Kenneth Henderson Middle School, has been dancing for four years.
He dances the part of the Nutcracker and enjoys the tapping part of the show.
"I'm a doll of Clara's," he said, referring to the main character of the ballet.
Valerie Wright, 11, a fifth-grader at Lakin Middle School, has been dancing for seven years. She plays the part of the Rose Queen, the queen of all of the flowers.
"I like the ballet part," she said.
Elena Lemke, 11, Garden City, plays Clara. She's been dancing since 2005.
Alexa Hemmert, 16, Garden City High School sophomore, plays the Sugar Plum Fairy.
"It's a really great show. We worked really hard on it. It only comes every two years, so catch it while you can," she said.
Claire Schmidt, 15, GCHS sophomore, has been dancing since second grade. She plays the Sugar Plum Fairy in the "A" performance.
"I like having all these practices and watching how this comes together," she said.
Alberto Rivera, 14, GCHS freshman, plays Drosselmeyer, the toy maker.
He's been dancing since second grade.
"I just like hanging out with friends and watching how it all turns out," he said.
Chloe Hanigan, 12, a sixth-grader at Plymell Elementary School, also plays the Rose Queen.
Being involved in the ballet gives her the opportunity to dance and hang out with friends.
"It's fun to watch it all come together, thinking about how many practices we have had," she said.
Sponsors of the ballet include Berta's Flowers, Tim Hanigan, DDS, MS, SW Pesticide Inc., Garden City Co-op, Weathercraft Roofing, Garden City Gymnastics, Overhead Door Co., Brooke Jantz Photography, It's Magic, Pizza Hut, CAG Dairy, Garden City Co., Paper Graphics, Dr. Kurt Kessler, Empire Calf Ranch, Wasinger Chiropractic, Garden City Optometrist, Baier Family Chiropractic and Golden Plains Credit Union.
Steps Dance School is located at 611 N. Third St.
Found 14 comment(s)!
Thank you so much for covering "The Nutcracker" and letting the surrounding community know about this wonderful production. Sabrina, the dancers, and all of the volunteers have worked really hard to make this happen. It really means a lot to everyone involved, and is something positive for all of us to be proud of in our community.
Posted by: Amy on 12/15/2012
A great big thanks to Sabrina Montez for bringing a form of the performing arts to Garden City! The dancers are truly blessed to have you. Good luck dancers and Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Megan Stoppel on 12/15/2012
Best of Luck
Such a beautiful production by such beautiful dancers. Thank you Garden City Telegram for your article, video and photographs. Fantastic job Sabrina! Best of luck to all this weekend
Posted by: Donna K on 12/14/2012
Good Luck to all of the dancers, you have all worked so hard for this now is your time to shine! Thank you Sabrina for doing such an amazing job with all of these kids. And to your mom and sister and all of your family-this is going to be a great show!
Good Luck to all of you!
Posted by: Lori on 12/14/2012
Thank you Sabrina for your hard work on the Nutcracker. Thank you Garden City Telegram for covering a postive story that is good for our community. Good Luck to all the dancers :)
Posted by: Christina on 12/14/2012
Thank you so very much for covering "The Nutcracker" production that the area kids are putting on. They have worked so hard, and to get this kind of recognition is wonderful. thanks again
Posted by: Erin on 12/14/2012
Wonderful article and video. Thank you for supporting our local dance studio. Good Luck Sabrina and dancers..
Posted by: Dana Gaspar on 12/14/2012
Great Christmas Show!
We love seeing this show at Christmas! It's great to see all the young people performing and really puts the audience in the Christmas Spirit. Thanks Sabrina and Steps Dance School for doing this for all of us in Southwest Kansas!
Posted by: Jean on 12/14/2012
Thanks to the GC Telegram for letting people know about this wonderful event!! Local kids taught by a great teacher, Sabrina Montez, working SO hard for this show. Good luck to everyone!!
Posted by: Rayne on 12/14/2012
Can't wait to see the show!
Posted by: Nikki Omenski on 12/14/2012
Thank you, GC Telegram, for covering this special event! Lots of kids, parents, and one very special dance teacher, Sabrina Montez (and her very special family) have put a lot of time and work into making this an amazing show! Good luck to all the dancers and remember...Point your toes!
Posted by: Mendi on 12/14/2012
I would like to thank the gc telegram for this amazing coverage of the Nutcracker. We truly appreciate it.
Posted by: Sabrina Montez on 12/14/2012
Thank you Sabrina for all of your hard work and dedication. To all of the cast members, GOOD LUCK, I know you will do great. A special good luck to my daughter Hailey Medina. You are going to do great and daddy loves you very much!!!
Posted by: Jon Medina on 12/13/2012
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
This paper just can't say the word "CHRISTMAS." The title should read; "A Christmas Classic."
I see some coal coming your way!
Posted by: Kris K on 12/13/2012