The Nutcracker cast t-shirts were distributed Wednesday night. Over the summer, visitors to the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s Facebook page voted to choose the artwork on the front. When we voted, we didn’t know who had submitted the various designs. Now that the shirts are printed, I was pleased to learn that the winning design was submitted by my friend Jenny Collins. She played my wife in the 2012 and 2013 productions of The Nutcracker.
An article in The Oak Ridger points out that I have a new role this year: “Special guest Frank Murphy of Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX radio station returns and will take on a new role as the Drosselmeyer.” Herr Drosselmeyer is the eccentric uncle who has some magical powers. He gives the Nutcracker to his niece Clara and casts a spell that sends her to an amazing dreamland.
The back of the cast t-shirt lists all the talented dancers who will bring the story to life on Saturday and Sunday. Three professional dancers from Georgia Ballet will be featured. You can buy tickets at the door, including student tickets for a penny with the purchase of an adult or senior ticket.