Since Mid-October, Fifth graders at Ware Elementary have been auditioning, practicing, and rehearsing for the annual production of The Nutcracker. Over the span of a few class periods, students auditioned in groups for the parts of Nutcracker, Marie, Fritz, and Judge Drosselmeier. Students were able to select what dance they are apart of, which includes the Nutcracker’s Army, the Mouse King’s Army, Sugar Plum Fairies, Russian Bakers, Candy Flutes, Arabians, Chinese Tea Cups, and Flowers, or could be part of the crew with costumes, sound and lights, and moving props.
The production has been a collaboration between many teachers at Ware with things such as costuming, set decoration, and any assistance needed. Mrs. Gillespie worked with students on their singing, dances and stage direction, while Mr. Seckman worked on singing, and set and technical direction. In addition, Mr. Shouse, KSU Music Student Intern, helped out in various ways with learning music, to making set decorations. 2017 is a special year as it marks the 10th year of The Nutcracker at Ware Elementary, and has now become an annual tradition that all 5th grade Ware Bears look forward to when they start school every August. Ware Elementary is dedicating this year’s production in the memory of 5th grade teacher Erin Taylor, who passed away in October. Ms. Taylor enjoyed making tutus for the Sugar Plum Fairies and helping out with the Nutcracker in any capacity.
Article provided by Zachary Seckman, Ware Elementary Music Teacher