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The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia: The Show and How it Came to Be

Ballerinas practicing for the Nutcracker performance on Dec. 5 at the Wesleyan Athletic Center. Photo by Yusuf Tas.

Ballerinas practicing for the Nutcracker performance on Dec. 5 at the Wesleyan Athletic Center. Photo by Yusuf Tas.

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While you may know the “Nutcracker of Middle Georgia” as a show full of mesmerizing dances and beautifully crafted sets, its start from scratch was quite different. The dream of a woman named Jean Evans Weaver, founder and artistic director emeritus, to localize Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet was just the beginning of a show that would be seen by over 100,000 people.

The “Nutcracker of Middle Georgia” is performed every year at the Grand Opera House, located on Mulberry Street in downtown Macon, Ga. In its 33 seasons, there have been several volunteers who are dedicated to putting on a great show.

Founded in 1985, the local production started with few resources. As the years went by, the production grew bigger and bigger with more volunteers each year to put on the show.

“Although our Nutcracker will always be a ‘work in progress,’ I know that it is one of the finest showpieces of this ballet presented in any city the size of Macon that does not have a professional company,” said Weaver, according to the show’s website.

While working with local school systems and other civic organizations to promote greater interest in the performing arts, the “Nutcracker of Middle Georgia” is performed by over 100 amateur performers, along with six professional dancers.

Auditions for parts in the Nutcracker were held in early September at Wesleyan College’s Porter Auditorium. After auditions, dance rehearsals are held at Wesleyan College in the Mathews Athletic Center’s dance studio. Wesleyan partnered with the “Nutcracker of Middle Georgia” this year and has, “been very gracious in supporting our organization,” according to the show’s website.

The holiday event is showcased at the beginning of December starting the night of the 5th at 7:00 p.m. and continues each night at the same time through Friday, Dec. 7. On Saturday, the show will take place at 2:30 p.m. as well as at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The “Nutcracker of Middle Georgia” is a non-profit tax exempt organization. The Grand Opera House puts on the show every year and if you are looking to buy tickets you can do so online at TheGrandMacon.com or over the phone by calling (478) 301-5470. The Grand is located at 651 Mulberry St., Macon, Ga. 

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