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 Behind the Scenes of Magic and Mice

" The Nutcracker " is a beloved holiday tradition, thanks to a
lot of hard work behind the scenes.

Platinum Southwest
Virginia Ballet's " The
Nutcracker "
Gold Roanoke
Symphony Orchestra
Pops

" Sound of Music, "
Mill Mountain Theatre

Silver

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MAY/JUNE 2020

COURTESY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BALLET

Best Arts
Performance
in 2019

Southwest Virginia Ballet's " The Nutcracker " is a well-known tradition in the
Valley, featuring a cast of 150 performers representing over 15 dance schools in
the region. This year, the organization won Platinum for " Best Arts Performance
in 2019, " thanks to readers who value the annual holiday tradition. Though
audience members only ever see the final product on stage, Artistic Director
Pedro Szalay knows their performance is a success thanks to many people not
seen on stage, too.
" I feel very honored to receive [this award], " Szalay says, " but we cannot
do what we do without the community. It's not only my artistic work, but the
volunteers [and community] who make these productions happen. That's what
makes 'The Nutcracker' so special-all the people working together to keep this
tradition going. "
When Szalay took over as Artistic Director 14 years ago, he immediately
recognized the community involvement, from dancers and extras to designers
and volunteers. Szalay says he wanted to " upscale the professional level and
production for viewers, " as most attendees recognize how much hard work is
involved.
And his work is never finished. Each year, as soon as the curtain closes on
their show, Szalay's mind is already going over improvements for the next year.
A full year of preparation kicks off and details are discussed, from auditions,
costumes and makeup, backdrops and items to refurbish or repair. Szalay says
they need " key leaders " to make all those things come together.
" And of course, we're always grateful for the production at the Berglund
[Center], " he adds. " We could not do it without them. This is not a recital! They
treat us as a professional production, which is so important to us. "
While many are familiar with " The Nutcracker " and its fantastical story of
dancing mice and sugarplum fairies, audiences return every year, and not only
because it's their favorite tradition. Some viewers want to see the growth of
the show, such as dancers who might start off as a reindeer, and develop their
talents over the year to become the next Clara, the main star.
" Or perhaps the audience member is a neighbor of the little girl who is now a
teenager, and they want to see her dance, " Szalay says. " It's a ripple effect in all
the ways. " 

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