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contents December 2009

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Features

The Performance

8 Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker Turns Fifty

15 Program and notes

Departments

And it’s become a ‘Necessary’ family tradition.

12 The Jewel of the South

The Fox Theatre celebrates its 80th birthday this month.

48 Mistletoe, Merriment

and Mozel Tov Here’s a handy guide of local holiday celebrations.

52 Private Education

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36 Information 37 Staff/Golden Rules 38 Dining Guide 60 The Buzz Cover Photo: Charlie Mccullers

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turns 50 ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER NU

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ifty years ago, Atlanta Ballet’s love affair with The Nutcracker began. In 1959, Atlanta ballet’s second artistic director, Robert Barnett, brought George Balanchine’s version of The Nutcracker to Atlanta. “We gave it as a gift, inviting children from all [local] counties to come in and see the performance,” Barnett remembers. “It was a gift from Mr. Balanchine, and he never charged us a cent for doing it.” In 1995, Atlanta Ballet’s third artistic director, John McFall, created a brand new Nutcracker for the city of Atlanta. McFall sought to create a version that was “traditional yet new, familiar yet different, classic yet contemporary and, above all, magical.” For one family in particular, it’s become a special holiday tradition. Atlanta Ballet dancers Kristine, Courtney and Abbie Necessary all have graced the stage in productions of the show. Kristine, now 27, began studying with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance

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Education when she was in the eighth grade. Courtney, 25, began studying there at age three. Years later, their younger sister Abbie followed in their footsteps, attending both the school and dancing in the Nutcracker. Now that Abbie is pursuing a medical career at Vanderbilt University, there is little time in her schedule for dance, but her sisters are still doing the “Necessary” thing to keep dance alive during the holidays. “For me, Christmas is not Christmas without the Nutcracker,” Courtney says. “Every December we live in the theater: every meal, every morning, every day.” This year, Kristine is dancing the Sugarplum Fairy and Dewdrop Fairy, but her first role in the ballet was that of Marya, the little girl whose love for a nutcracker opens up a whole fantasy world. Even though Courtney wasn’t centerstage in her first appearance, she remembers how exciting it was to debut in the Nutcracker. “It was exhilarating, to my surprise,” Courtney says. “I remember being way more excited than I was nervous. It’s kind of funny because as time goes on, Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 9


I get more nervous. The first time, I was just overwhelmed. [But] once I got out onstage I just wanted to be doing what I was doing.” The biggest challenge of returning to the show year after year is retaining the same kind of excitement and wonder the dancers had the first time they danced it. “John McFall, our artistic director, likes to change things up every season to keep it fresh and exciting for both the dancers and the audience,” Courtney says. “It’s a new feeling every year, even if you’re dancing the exact same role.” When asked what it is like working with her sister, Courtney says, “I think it’s great, because even though everyone in the company is very close-knit and you have support from everyone, you feel like you have someone who will always back you up, always be honest with you, always be supportive of you, and share these gifts with.” Those intimate, personal moments they share onstage make their long, five day a week rehearsal schedule worth it. But the show itself contains a lot of magic that buoys their spirits, as well. 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Courtney Necessary in the Spanish Variation.

“It’s like you’ve been rehearsing for this particular show for weeks and then when you get on stage you just kind of forget all the little things you’ve been working on and just enjoy the experience,” Courtney says. “It’s much different from rehearsal in that you are using your spirit more than just your body.” Perhaps the power Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker has to lift people’s spirits is what has made it such a long-lasting tradition. The Necessary sisters are only two of several former child performers who have since joined the professional corps de ballet, and many families from all over the Southeast make the pilgrimage to the Fox Theatre year after year to see Atlanta Ballet’s production. This year, more than 250 young dancers from across the city will experience the magic of performing on the Fox Theatre stage for the first time. Who knows how many of them will decide to make Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker a family tradition of their own? Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker lights up the Fox from Dec. 11 through 27. Daniel Burnley is a stage and film actor and writer living in Decatur, Ga.

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Kristine Necessary backstage during Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker.


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Atlanta’s Fox Theatre turns 80 this Christmas. The story of its birth, near death and phenomenal rebirth is chronicled in The Fox Theatre — Atlanta: The Memory Maker, now on sale at the theatre’s merchandise kiosk before and after performances. Here is an excerpt from “Part One: The Origins.” BY KRISTI CASEY SANDERS


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December 11-27, 2009

The Fabulous Fox Theatre Choreography by John McFall Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Costume Design by Judanna Lynn Set Design by Peter Horne Lighting Design by David J. Tatu Scenic Artist Michael Hagen

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Atlanta ballet THE COMPANY Jacob Bush, Peng-Yu Chen, Christian Clark, Nathan Griswold, Anne Tyler Harshbarger, Jonah Hooper, Yoomi Kim, Tara Lee, Nadia Mara, Daniel Mayo, Courtney Necessary, Kristine Necessary, Joshua Reynolds, Alessa Rogers, Kelly Tipton, Jesse Tyler, Rachel Van Buskirk, Brian Wallenberg, John Welker, Christine Winkler, Kelsey Yip APPRENTICES Lauren Alesch, Jamal Callender, Cortney Funk, Mark MacKillop, Tommy Panto FELLOWSHIP STUDENTS* Sara Beery, Kevin Flores, Brandon Funk, Victor Galuppo, Heath Gill, Kendall Green, Jessica Guda, Yoko Kanomata, Melissa Mitchell, Jackie Nash, Kelly Prather, Lauren Sherwood, Katie Syfert, Nayomi Van Brunt, Jocelyn Wright *All student dancers courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education

atlanta ballet’s nutcracker Our story begins a little more than 100 years ago on a snowy Christmas Eve in St. Petersburg, Russia. Drosselmeyer, an ingenious toymaker, finishes making gifts for a party at the Petrov house. On his way, he passes the magical town clock he created. As it chimes, three curious ­ — and prophetic — images appear: a ballerina, a nutcracker and a terrifying Rat King. ACT ONE The Petrov party guests await the arrival of the gay but mysterious Drosselmeyer, who seems to impart magic wherever he goes. Restless, the children are allowed to open one gift. To her delight, young Marya Petrov receives satin ballet shoes. When Drosselmeyer arrives, he reveals his new creations. He gives the most enchanting toy to Marya — a handsome nutcracker. Nicholas is attracted to his gift, and is so intrigued with it he seems to relate to it. It is a ratchet in the shape of a rats head. He uses this to smash the Nutcracker and break it. As the evening nears its conclusion, Drosselmeyer weaves his magic and begins to take Marya on a surrealistic journey. Little mice are now scurrying around the dark house. Nicholas is roaming the house looking for the Nutcracker. Just as Nicholas 16 EncoreAtlantA.com

finds the Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer startles him. Drosselmeyer intentionally leaves his large magic satchel behind for Nicholas to explore. Inside the satchel Nicholas discovers a rat cape and sword. He now personifies a rat and is empowered to initiate a great battle. Nicholas changes mice into rats and the battle begins. Marya comes to the rescue of the Nutcracker and slays the Rat King. At the end of the battle, Nicholas realizes that choosing conflict leads only to darkness. He now feels grown up and understands that his sister’s love and support is what matters most. Drosselmeyer rewards Marya’s courage and takes her on a fantastic journey to a crystal kingdom filled with snow spirits. ACT TWO The journey continues to the land of the Sugar Candy Kingdom, where Marya is hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. There is a glorious ball, complete with dancers from exotic lands. Marya is enraptured with this amazing and enchanting experience. She feels like she is floating on air. The next moment, Marya realizes she is dreaming as she wakes up in her bedroom and smiles to herself as she understands her dreams have come true. She ponders all the dreams yet to come true.


bios ATLANTA BALLET LEADERSHIP JOHN MCFALL (Artistic Director) For fifteen years, John McFall’s artistic vision has gracefully guided Atlanta Ballet as it continues to grow as one of the premiere dance companies in the United States. In that time, his imaginative and innovative programming has inspired audiences wherever they perform. A hallmark of John’s has been his collaborative spirit, which has fused the art of dance with such performers as the Indigo Girls, the Red Clay Ramblers, The Michael O’Neal Singers and Newbirth Missionary Baptist Church. Through these creative partnerships, John and the Company have stayed in step with the vibrancy of the city of Atlanta. In 2008, John broke new ground by bringing the Company together with another Atlanta legend, Big Boi of OutKast, who performed on-stage with the fabulous Atlanta Ballet dancers. John has opened the door for tomorrow’s dancers through the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, where hundreds of young dancers are able to experience the joy of dance for themselves. Half of the professional dancers in Atlanta Ballet were trained in the Centre, and many more are members of other distinguished dance companies. The Centre also provides outreach initiatives that brings dance to thousands of students throughout metro Atlanta each year. John and Atlanta Ballet will continue to commit to presenting more original and entertaining works to our community. SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education, Ballet Mistress) Sharon Story is currently in her 15th season with Atlanta Ballet. She joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years. Sharon began training at the Georgia Ballet under the direction of Iris Hensley. She continued her professional training under full scholarships in New York City with Joffrey Ballet and School of American Ballet under a full Ford Foundation scholarship. She has been a member of Joffrey II, Stars of New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet (under the direction of Robert Barnett) and Boston Ballet. During her tenure with Boston Ballet, Sharon traveled with Rudolf Nureyev around the world. She received her training and inspiration from such legendary and distinguished mentors such as Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Joffrey, Violette Verdy, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Robert Barnett, Anna Marie Holmes and Fernando Bujones. In 1996, in addition to her role as ballet mistress, John McFall’s vision and mentorship brought Sharon to her current position as Dean of the Centre for Dance Education, which has rapidly grown to one of the largest dance schools in the nation. She is committed to providing a non-competitive atmosphere and access to dance education that is shaped by the community needs, is innovative, and inspires the commitment and excellence that are the trademarks of Atlanta Ballet. Under Sharon’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with National Association of Schools of Dance. Sharon is delighted to serve on many community and national boards.

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bios ROSEMARY MILES (Ballet Mistress) Rosemary Miles is in her 14th season with Atlanta Ballet. One of eight children of an English brigadier general, Rosemary Miles trained at Elmhurst and the Royal Ballet School in England, during which time she successfully passed all Royal Academy and Cecchetti examinations. Throughout her professional career, Rosemary danced with the Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and the London Festival Ballet. In America, she performed with the educational division of the New York City Ballet and as a soloist with the National Ballet of Washington, Chicago Ballet, and Houston Ballet. Upon retiring as a dancer, Rosemary has enjoyed being a principal teacher at the Houston Ballet Academy; a guest teacher throughout the United States, England and the Far East; artistic director of the Lexington Ballet; and a member of John McFall’s artistic team. Rosemary is the proud aunt of 22 nieces and nephews, and 24 grand-nieces and nephews. Rosemary thanks the dancers of Atlanta Ballet for being such an inspiration. Rosemary’s other passion is golf. DALE SHIELDS (Ballet Mistress) As principal dancer with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Dale Shields appeared in lead roles of many productions including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Gaité Parisienne, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Coppélia, as well as George Balanchine’s Night Shadow and José Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane. Ms. Shields’ artistic collaboration with IBT’s former artistic directors George Verdak and Dace Dindonis produced a depth of original works as well as the staging of the Russian premiere of the ballet Le Bal in St. Petersburg, Russia. In her position as Principal Ballet Mistress for Ballet Internationale, she was responsible for assisting in the original staging of Eldar Aliev’s The Nutcracker, A Thousand and One Nights, Firebird and Le Corsaire. She has also assisted in the staging of ballets by such choreographers as Alberto Alonso, Martin Fredmann, Agnes de Mille, Val Caniparoli, Victoria Morgan, and Michael Pink. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ms. Shields graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and Butler University and has been a guest performer and teacher across the United States. She is excited to start her fourth season with Atlanta Ballet.

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bios the company Jacob Bush (third season) grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota where he trained under Lise Houlton of the Minnesota Dance Theatre. He later trained with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education under Sharon Story, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet under Susan Connally. In Atlanta, Jacob has danced featured roles such as Jewels and Tom Thumb in Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan in John McFall’s Peter Pan, Benvolio in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and one of the Ballet Boys in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. In his spare time, he indulges in reality TV shows on MTV and VH1, and thanks his family for their everlasting support. Peng-Yu Chen (third season), a native of Taiwan, began training in Chinese Folk dance and gymnastics at the age of ten. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase under Carol Walker and received the Chancellors Award for Student Excellence and the Presidents Award for Achievement. She has performed with the Kevin Wynn Collection and in the Metropolitan Opera Ballet’s production of The Rite of Spring choreographed by Doug Varone. She danced for American Repertory Ballet for three seasons where she performed works by Graham Lustig, Lauri Stallings, Val Caniparoli, Melissa Barak and Twyla Tharp. Peng was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch” in 2007, and she thanks her family and friends for all the support and love. An Atlanta native, Christian Clark (eighth season) began his training at the age of eight with the Atlanta School of Ballet under the direction of Robert Barnett. As a company member, Christian has performed the leading roles of Prince in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Laertes in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet, Albrecht in Giselle, Siegfried in John McFall’s Swan Lake, the Prince in Sleeping Beauty and the title role in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet. Christian has been featured in Margo Sappington’s Shed Your Skin: The Indigo Girls Project, John McFall’s Jupiter, Christian Holder’s Transcendence, Lauri Stallings’ The Great Gatsby and big, and Christopher Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giacosa. When not dancing, Christian enjoys playing music with the band The Midnight United, with fellow dancers Nathan Griswold and Jesse Tyler. Christian thanks the Centre for Dance Education, his family and his lovely wife Naomi-Jane for their support. Hosted by Christine Noguere and Philip Pope. Nathan Griswold (fifth season) was born in the Pacific Northwest and began training at age 13 under Kay Englert. He trained at the Washington Contemporary Ballet and later at the Houston Ballet Academy. After an apprenticeship with the Houston Ballet, he spent two years as a full company member with the Alberta Ballet. Nathan has danced in pieces by Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Stanton Welch, Jean Grand-Maitre, Twyla Tharp, Emily Molnar, John McFall, Lauri Stallings and Mikko Nissinen, as well as performed in China and throughout Canada. Aside from dancing, Nathan enjoys playing bass for the local band The Midnight United. He would also like to thank his family for their endless love and courage. 20 EncoreAtlantA.com


bios Anne Tyler Harshbarger (sixth season) began her training with Linda C. Chase in Valdosta, Ga., and later studied under Judith Hockaday, ISTD in Swindon, England. She attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts and spent summers with Joffrey Ballet School, School of American Ballet and Hungarian Academy. After Ben Stevenson invited her into the Houston Ballet, she danced world premieres by Ben Stevenson, Trey McIntyre and Stanton Welch. She has enjoyed working with choreographers such as Dominic Walsh, Julia Adam, Paul Taylor, Violette Verdy, James Kudelka and Ronald Hynd. Her featured roles with Atlanta Ballet include Lucy in Dracula, Princess Marya in Nutcracker, Wendy in Peter Pan, Summer Fairy in Cinderella, Shoo Pah Minor, and Sinfonietta Giocosa, Kate in Madame Butterfly and Myrtle in The Great Gatsby. She is also a DJ in the Atlanta electronica scene and abroad. Hosted by the Corps de Ballet. Jonah Hooper (eleventh season), a native of Blue Ridge, Ga., began dancing at age twelve under the direction of Diane Callihan. He appeared as Quasimodo in Michael Pink’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Renfield in Dracula, Sharpless in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, and Jay Gatsby in John McFall & Lauri Stallings’ The Great Gatsby. He lives with his wife Maria and son Austin in Decatur. Jonah would like to thank his wife and family for all their support. A native of South Korea, Yoomi Kim (debut season) started ballet at the age of seven at the Korea National Ballet Company Academy. She majored in ballet at Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School, and graduated summa cum laude. She trained mainly at Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Korea, and earned a Master’s Degree of Dance Arts at Ewha Womens University. She received first prize in the Dance Association of Korea’s 30th National Ballet Competition, and has performed Sleeping Beauty at the International Performing Arts Festival in Japan. Since moving to the US in 2006, Yoomi has performed in Giselle, Stars and Stripes, Sleeping Beauty, Hyperspace, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and Serenade. In the 2007-08 season, she had the opportunity to perform the title role in Cinderella. Tara Lee (fourteenth season) grew up in Connecticut, where she trained with Donna Bonasera of Connecticut Dance Theatre. After dancing with Joffrey II for two seasons, she joined Atlanta Ballet in 1995. Tara also spent a year with Vancouver’s Ballet British Columbia, where she was featured in work by John Alleyne, Crystal Pite, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and Martha Graham. In Atlanta, John McFall recently created a role for her in the duet That’s What I Like. Principal roles include those in McFall’s Swan Lake and Peter Pan, Welch’s Madame Butterfly, Stevenson’s Cinderella and Three Preludes, Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Dracula, Balanchine’s Serenade, Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Stallings’ big. She has also enjoyed working with Christopher Hampson, Margo Sappington, Julia Adam and Diane Coburn Bruning. Tara’s choreography has been performed by Atlanta Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Emory Dance Company. Hosted by Lynn Cochran Schroder. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 21


bios Nadia Mara (fourth season) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and started her ballet studies at the age of five attending the official Escuela Nacional de Danza under the direction of Sara Nieto, Monica Diaz and Margaret Graham. Nadia graduated in 2003 as the best dancer in school and was awarded with the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal granted by Argentina ballet critic Honorio Destaville. In the United States, Nadia started dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre. At Atlanta Ballet, under the direction of John McFall, she has performed Swan Lake, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Stars and Stripes and Serenade. From 2006 to 2008, Nadia has performed the title role in Giselle, Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, the World Première big with Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and recently, in 2009, leading roles of Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula and Kitri in Minkus/Petipa’s Don Quixote. Daniel Mayo (third season) was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he began dancing at the age of five. Daniel trained at various dance studios in the Myrtle Beach area before receiving a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Daniel worked with choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Eliot Feld, Susan Marshall and Bennyroyce Royon. He has also performed works by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Paul Taylor. Some notable roles Daniel has performed since joining Atlanta Ballet in 2007 include: Jonathan Harker in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Benvolio in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and various roles in John McFall’s Don Quixote and Nutcracker. He has also performed in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room and Lauri Stalling’s world premier big. Daniel would like to thank his wife Julia and his family for all of their love and support. Courtney Necessary (sixth season) is a graduate of the ABCDE and is very grateful for having been given the opportunity to perform the roles of Nutcracker’s Dew Drop Fairy and Marya, Lucy in Dracula, and Daisy in The Great Gatsby, as well as contemporary works by Lauri Stallings and Darrell Grand Moultrie. When she is not dancing, Courtney enjoys going to Piedmont Park, teaching Pilates, listening to music, and shopping. She recently graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Management and a certificate in Finance. She feels fortunate to have been able to put this degree to use as she worked as a consultant forensic accountant for Glasgow Forensic Group over the summer. Courtney would like to express her appreciation for God and her undyingly supportive family and friends who consistently serve as sources of encouragement and enrichment in her life. Hosted by Charlotte, Lucy and Ginny Brewer. An Atlanta native, Kristine Necessary (eighth season) began her serious dance training at Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education. With Atlanta Ballet, Kristine has performed principal roles in John McFall’s Swan Lake, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Michael Pink’s Dracula, and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Stars and Stripes. Her recent favorite roles include Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Juliet in Michael’s Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, and Kitri in John McFall’s Don Quixote. Kristine received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education from Brenau University. Kristine enjoys spending her time away from ballet 22 EncoreAtlantA.com


bios with her amazing husband Matt. She would like to thank her parents and two sisters for their continued love and support. Joshua Reynolds (sixth season) began his training at Georgia Academy of Dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at the age of 12. Since then, he has gone on to train at The Rock School in Philadelphia and School of American Ballet in New York. Since joining Atlanta Ballet, Josh has performed leading roles in Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sinfonietta Giocosa, The Great Gatsby and John McFall’s Nutcracker, to name a few. Josh was also honored in 2009 to perform the title role in Michael Pink’s Dracula. Josh would like to thank his Mom for being his number one fan, his sister for always making the time and his beautiful girlfriend Jenna for always being there, even when he doesn’t deserve it. (I love you Sadie and Molly.) Alessa Rogers (second season) graduated from North Carolina School for the Arts. She spent one season with North Carolina Dance Theatre II, where she performed works by Salvatore Aiello, Dwight Rhoden and Alvin Ailey. She has been a guest artist for three summers at the Roanoke Island Festival in Manteo, North Carolina. Alessa likes to read, learn, sit in airports, eat zucchini and be silly. Kelly Tipton (third season) is a native of Berea, Kentucky. Before coming to Atlanta Ballet, she trained with Richmond Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Kentucky Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet School as a student in their professional division. She also performed as a guest dancer with Alvin Ailey while in Seattle. At Atlanta Ballet, she has performed roles in Dracula, Cinderella, John McFall’s Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, Allegro Brillante, Serenade, and Lauri Stallings’ bekken/the drum also waltzes, as well as big. When not dancing, Kelly is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Georgia State University. She thanks her parents for all their love and support. Jesse Tyler (second season) began his training at The School of the North Carolina Dance Theatre at age nine under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 2003, he joined North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice and then was promoted to the company in 2004, where he worked with world-renowned choreographers such as Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden and Mark Diamond. Since 2006, he has performed as a guest artist with many companies in the southeast, including The Florida Ballet and most recently, Atlanta Ballet, where he danced works by John McFall and Lauri Stallings. When not dancing, he spends his time as the singer and guitar player for a local band called The Midnight United. A native of Vancouver, Canada, Rachel Van Buskirk (third season) trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. With Atlanta Ballet, Rachel has performed in Dracula, Madame Butterfly, Swan Lake, Cinderella, and has been featured in Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. She was also involved in the creation of The Great Gatsby, big and Lauri Stalligs’ bekken/the drum also waltzes. A recent highlight for her was performing with the band Ours in a live concert. Outside of dance, Rachel enjoys 24 EncoreAtlantA.com


bios reading and outdoor activities. She sends her love to her family and thanks them for being awesome. Hosted by Merry Carlos and Dottie Smith. Brian Wallenberg (twelfth season) began his dance training in Victoria, Texas under Debbe Busby. After training for a year, he was invited to attend Houston Ballet Academy under the direction of Ben Stevenson and Clara Cravey. He has performed many soloist and principal roles with Atlanta Ballet. Some of his favorite roles are Jonathon Harker in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Waltz Boy in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Roasted Swan in Fernand Nault’s Carmina Burana and Peter Pan in John McFall’s Peter Pan. Mr. Wallenberg’s hobbies include yoga, film editing and technology. He started a video production company (Saturnblu Productions) in 2007 with a focus on filming dance. John Welker (fifteenth season) began dancing at eleven with the persuasive encouragement of his sister. He received his primary dance training at BalletMet Dance Academy, as well as additional training with the School of American Ballet, National Ballet Of Cuba, Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail Co. and Point Park Conservatory. Roles you may have seen him dance last season include Prince Seigfred in Swan Lake, Dracula in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Principal Male in John McFall’s world premiere of Firebird, roles in the world premiere of Darrell Moultrie’s Boiling Point and Basilio in Don Quixote. He is currently enrolled as a Dance Major in Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts. John wishes to thank his wife, fellow artist Christine Winkler, for her support, encouragement and love. Hosted by Lynda B. Courts. A California native, Christine Winkler (fifteenth season) began her training in Sacramento with Barbara Crockett, and then furthering her studies with the San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship. Later, she joined Ballet West as a company member where she met husband John Welker. Some memorable highlights since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995 have been Juliet in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette in John McFall’s Swan Lake, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Kitri in Don Quixote, Waltz Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Principal Woman in John McFall’s Firebird, Cio Cio San in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and Daisy in John McFall and Lauri Stallings’ collaboration The Great Gatsby. Christine has had the privilege of working with acclaimed choreographers such as Christopher Hampson, Lila York, and most recently Darrell Moultrie. Guest appearances include American Repertory Ensemble, Chamber Dance Project, North Star Ballet, and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Christine would like to thank her husband and family for their continued love and support. Hosted by Merry and Chris Carlos. Kelsey Yip (fifth season) began her serious dance training in her hometown of Vancouver with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. Since joining Atlanta Ballet in 2001, she has performed some of her favorite roles in Dracula, Rapture, Shoo Pah Minor, bekken/the drum also waltzes, In the Upper Room, and David Parson’s Caught. In the 2006-07 season, she made her debut in a principal role as Myrtha in Giselle. Away from the ballet, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and steak frites. She is always grateful for the love and support of her family and friends. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25


BIOS APPRENTICES 20092010 SEASON LAUREN ALESCH, an Atlanta native, began dancing at the age of three. She later trained with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, as well as attended their summer intensives. With Atlanta Ballet, she has performed roles in various productions including Romeo & Juliet, Peter Pan, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Snow White, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Lauri Stallings’ big. Outside of dance, Lauren is currently working on her undergraduate degree at Georgia State University in Exercise Science and enjoys shopping, listening to music, and learning. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support. JAMAL CALLENDER was born in the United States and raised in Barbados. He attended the Professional Performing Arts School (P.P.A.S)/ The Ailey School under Denise Jefferson. He is a recent graduate from the Juilliard School under Lawrence Rhodes. He apprenticed for Buglisi Dance Theater. He has worked with choreographers such as Lars Lubovitch, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sidra Bell, Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, and Larry Keigwin, and performed repertory by Nacho Duato, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian, Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, Martha Graham and Mark Morris. He took part in the Fire Island Dance Festival 15, and was featured on Dance212. He enjoys the game Taboo, especially with his very supportive friends and family. CORTNEY FUNK began dancing at the age of 7. Her main focus was on tap, jazz, and lyrical, until the age of 13, when she attended The Rock School of Ballet’s Summer Program and fell in love. Since the age of 13, she has enjoyed her journey through the world of ballet and the challenges it brings. Cortney entered the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education as a pre-professional student in 2007 and began the 2008 season as a Fellowship dancer. Cortney has performed in works such as Raymonda, Serenade, big, Sinfonietta Giocosa, Swan Lake, and as Marya in the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. 26 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, MARK MACKILLOP trained at Pacific DanceArts under the artistic direction of Li Yaming. Mark spent summers training on full scholarship with American Ballet Theatre in New York, Boston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. After two seasons in Atlanta, he has already had the pleasure of dancing with the company in John McFall’s Peter Pan, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Michael Pink’s Dracula, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and principal roles such as Paris in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and the Prince in Cinderella. Last season he had the great opportunity to perform as Rothbart in Swan Lake, the prince in Snow White and the title role of Don Quixote. He would like to thank his family, friends, and all the artistic staff for their ongoing support. Mark looks forward to this season and his future with Atlanta Ballet. TOMMY PANTO, an Atlanta native, started dancing at the age of eleven and began his training with the New Mexico Ballet Company under the direction of Patricia Dickinson. At the age of 15, he moved to the east to train in a full-time setting with the Baltimore School for the Arts and the School of American Ballet. After graduating, Tommy moved to Los Angeles to study Business and Marketing in Fashion from UCLA and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, graduating with a degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising. While in Los Angeles, he trained and studied with Marat Duakayev of the Kirov/Kirov Academy, and Patricia Neary of NYCB, until his acceptance to Atlanta Ballet. Last season, he had the pleasure of dancing Don Quixote in John McFall’s Don Quixote, the premier of John McFall’s Firebird, and Christopher Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa. Tommy would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support and looks forward to a long and exciting run with Atlanta Ballet.


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bios Artistic and Production Team Judanna Lynn (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for most of the major dance companies in the United States, including: San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Ballet West, Ballet Met, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Hubbard Street, The Jose Limon Dance Co., Louisville Ballet, and the Washington Ballet. Atlanta Ballet credits include the current Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, La Fille Mal Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, Estuary, Escape, Pas de Dix and Concerto Barocco. She also designed the costumes for Houston Ballet’s highly acclaimed productions of Don Quixote, Dracula and Cleopatra. Other credits include the costumes for “Festival of the Lion King” for the opening of Disney’s new themepark in Hong Kong, the musical Lyle for Charles Strouse, The Hartford Stage/ Old Globe Theatre’s production of Tintypes, and the musicals Once On This Island for the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis and Hats! which is currently touring the US. She designed Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker, to be seen at the Kennedy Center this year, and is currently designing Peter Pan for Michael Pink and the Milwaukee Ballet. Judanna was a former dancer with San Francisco Opera Ballet and former resident costume designer of The Juilliard School. Ms. Lynn is also a painter whose work has been seen at the Rizzoli and Miniatura Galleries in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, and in private collections. Peter Horne (Set Designer) Nutcracker is Peter’s favorite classic of the ballet repertoire. This will be the fifth design, and he is always finding new ways to illustrate this wonderful story ballet.  Peter recently designed a Nutcracker for Slovak National Ballet in 2008. This follows his productions for Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet and Les Grands Ballets.  Other notable ballet designs include Scheherazade, Casse Noisette and Coppélia for Montreal and Skeleton Clock for Houston Ballet.  As the assistant to Maurice Sendak, Peter was part 28 EncoreAtlantA.com

of the creation of the Nutcracker for Pacific Northwest Ballet, which later became a film.  After many years working in the opera world as a designer, production and technical director for Houston Grand Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and the Glyndebourne Festival in England, Peter has now retired to the South Coast of England near Rye, where he will focus on painting, designing for the stage, and gardening. David J. Tatu (Lighting Designer) has had an 18-year long affiliation with Atlanta Ballet. He is currently the Facilities Manager for all four of Atlanta Ballet’s locations. While working with Atlanta Ballet, he has designed original lighting for the Balanchine Festival, six residencies in Haywood County, N.C., Alice in Wonderland, Carmina Burana, Divertimento #15, Il Distratto, Intermezzo, Pastoral Dances, Rite of Spring, Troy Game, Coppelia, Prisma, La Bayadere Act II, Cinderella, Berceuse, Con Amore, Pinocchio, Garden of Mirth, Allegro Brillante, Astral Journey, Passages, If a rose falls, Stella, Madame Butterfly and Nutcracker. Tatu has also designed for Ohio Ballet, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, Nevada Opera, Gwinnett Ballet and Robert LaFosse’s Dancers from New York.


board & staff A d m i n i s t r at i o n

John McFall, Artistic Director Virginia Hepner, Interim Executive Director ATLANTA BALLET CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Sharon Story, Dean Jennifer Apgar, Director of Summer Program Administration Tori Soles, Director of Centre Administration Betsy Rothermel, Registrar Carla Cuba, Community Programs Director Heather Conley, Cobb Centre Principal Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal Shannon Maiolo, Education Associate Armando Luna, Principal Faculty Rosemary Miles, Principal Faculty Faculty and Accompanists: Sule Adams, Deana Baskerville, Susan Beebe, Sara Beery, Alan Brown, Nikia Brown, Harmony Clair, Heather Conley, Emily Cook Harrison, Zuri Creer-Mikell, Carla Cuba, Vershion Funderburk, Katherine Gant, Kate Gaul, Vanessa Gibson, Laura Hamm, Kayla Harkness, Alera Harrison, Laura Hicks, Sara Hillmer, Tanika Holmes, Jamie Horban, Michelle Jericevich-Powell, Reiko Kimura, Armando Luna, Shannon Maiolo, Dora Manela, Colleen McCarthy, Rosemary Miles, Ruth Mitchell, Andrea Moreira, Anwar Nasir, Courtney Necessary, Maeve O’Reilly, Mary Rau, Ronald Ray, Allyson Raymond, Rick Reynolds, Terese Reynolds, Julia Rice, Chantia Robinsonm, Jaime Robtison, Betsy Rothermel, Roscoe Sales, Teresa Schambach, Terry Slade, Stacey Slichter, Diane Stapp-Pitts, Katie Stine,Carol Szkutek, Amber Thompson, Lloyd Whitmore, Martine Weber, Sarah Noelle Williamson

ARTISTIC Rosemary Miles, Dale Shields and Sharon Story, Ballet Mistresses Dan Allcott, Music Director, Conductor PRODUCTION Thomas C. Fowlkes, Director of Production John Beaulieu, Technical Director Amy Hand, Stage Manager Robert Hand, Jr., Lighting Director Bill Long, Head Props Master

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Anna Maiolo, Director of Finance Michele LeBlanc Boyd, Staff Accountant David J. Tatu, Facilities Manager Bradley Renner, Executive Assistant Betsy Elliott, Nutcracker Project Manager

MARKETING Tricia Ekholm, Director of Marketing Erin Zellmer, Marketing Associate/ Website Coordinator Sigele Winbush, Public Relations Associate

COSTUMES Heidi Parikh, Wardrobe Supervisor Elena Rao, Costume Shop Director Oksana Shore, Lead Stitcher Kelly Tipton, Shoe Coordinator

TICKETING AND PATRON SERVICES Anwar Nasir, Associate Director of Ticketing and Patron Services Jarrett Milton, Group Sales Manager David Flores, Kevin Flores, Ellen Lyle & Hetty White, Patron Services Assistants

DEVELOPMENT Lisa Dabney, Director of Development Alice Johnston, Major Gifts Officer Alyson Brock, Institutional Giving Officer Kathleen Presswala, Annual Giving Officer Dorie Wirtz, Events Manager

atlanta ballet board of directors Allen Nelson, Chair Karen Vereb, President Michelle Sullivan, Vice Chair Alison Danaceau, Secretary Elizabeth G. Adams Ginny Brewer Kelly C. Cannon Merry Carlos Margaret F. Carton

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Kimberley Ichter L. Comer Jennings Michael Jones Sloan Kennedy William Mitchelson Christine H. Murphy Forrest Robinson Kristine Robison Stanley Rose Krystall Sanford

Robin Sangston Laura T. Seydel Amanda Shailendra Lee Ann Stone Timothy Tew Patricia M. Wakefield Patti Wallace David T. Wolfe

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Mr. and Mrs. Wesley R. Vawter III Mr. and Mrs. William F Voyles Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitney

Apprentice - ($250.00 +) Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Alesch Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Arp Ms. Cynthia Ballentine Ms. Glennis Beacham Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Beem Mr. Gabriel Bergen Ms. Danielle Berry Ms. Louise R. Berryhill Dr. Janine J. Bethea Ms. Angie Bruce George and Donna Cemore Dr. Catherine Cleaveland Mr. Lawrence M. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. George Cooke Mr. Daniel Covington Dr. and Mrs. George W. Cox Mrs. Lu Culbreath Ms. Lisa Dabney Mark R. Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Davis Mrs. Jane S. Dean Mr. Dennis Diamond and Ms. Elizabeth Geiger Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Dudley, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mark H. Dunaway Mr. Paul Earl Mr. and Mrs. J. Thad Ellis Mr. David Erickson Mr. and Mrs. Joel Furlough Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Gastley Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E Goldstein Donna Adams Hall Mr. and Mrs. Landon Hammond W. B. Harlan Mr. Tim H. Heard Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Herman Mrs. Tracey Hogan Mr. Mark Howard Mr. L. Comer Jennings, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. G. R. Jones Mr. Stephen Kalista Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kaufman Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kaufmann C. Neil and Allene Kelley Margaret and Jack Langford Mr. & Mrs. Allan Little III Richard Lodise and Valerie Jagiella Edward and Courtney Martin Mr. and Mrs. Gino Massafra Wendi and John McAfee Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Meany Stephen and Diane Moore Edward and Thespi Mortimer Mr. Mark Norris

Novare Group Mr. and Mrs. William A Parker Ms. Mary Ellen Perkins Mr. and Mrs. George A. Petters, Jr. Ms. Norma A. Pleasance Dr. Jacqueline Pownall Dr. and Mrs. James E. Pruett Ms. Kay Quigley Mrs. Donna Reed Ms. Joyce E. Reedy Ms. Bernadine Richard Ms. Elizabeth Sessions Mr. and Mrs. Rick Sponholz Mr. Joe Staley, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Michael Szikman Mrs. Charlotte R. Terrell Mr. and Mrs. Raul F. Trujillo Mr. David Vollmer Ms. Reba Welch Ms. Kara Williamson

as of November 2009

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With the proper preparation, great things are possible — for our audiences, artists, students, and the community. We are setting the stage for a bright, sustainable future for Atlanta Ballet. We are positioning our organization for excellence … and the Choreographing Our Future, the $14.8 capital campaign for Atlanta Ballet will take us there. Our future will unfold in Atlanta Ballet’s new LEED-certified headquarters located at 1695 Marietta Boulevard on the City’s west side. This former warehouse is spacious enough to accommodate our professional dance company, our Centre for Dance Education and our entire administrative staff — all on one floor. In addition to purchasing and renovating our new facility, the campaign priorities also include enhancing our artistic production and expanding our audience development efforts, and growing our endowment. We believe we are building the Ballet of tomorrow, and it is our profound hope that all of our friends will partner with us in this endeavor. Thanks to the extraordinary commitment and generosity of our board of directors and loyal patrons, we have raised $13.3 million towards our goal to date. Atlanta Ballet remains deeply grateful to the visionary donors listed below who have made our success possible. Listing reflects gifts and pledges through October 1, 2009. Gifts of $1 million and above Anonymous The Thalia N. & Michael C. Carlos Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Chris M. Carlos Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Morgan The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Gifts of $500,000-$999,000 The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Gifts of $250,000 to $499,999 The Kendeda Fund Estate of Mrs. Laura M. Smith Ms. Patti E. Wallace Gifts of $100,000 to $249,999 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Brewer Mrs. Lavona Currie R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation Holder Construction Company Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jewell The SunTrust Foundation The Rich Foundation The Tull Charitable Foundation Gifts of $50,000-$99,999 Mr. and Mrs. Howell Adams, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Howell E. Adams, III Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder and Mr. William Schroder

The James M. Cox Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm P. Davison Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael Robison Vasser Woolley Foundation David Helen and Marian Woodward Fund Gifts of $25,000-$49,999 Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Gross The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. Drs. Michael R. and Christine H. Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Stanley H. Rose Gift of $10,000-$24,999 Cousins Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David Crosland Fulton County Arts Council Mr. and Mrs. Tom A. Garrett Georgia Commercial Realty Advisors, LLC Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. J. David Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jones Mr. and Mrs. Allen W. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Forrest W. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Sullivan

Mr. Phillip Theodore and Ms. Beth Lanier Mrs. Karen Vereb and Mr. Clarence Blanton Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Wakefield Mr. and Mrs. David T. Wolfe Gifts up to $9,999 Mr. & Mrs. John Beltrami Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Cannon Carlton Fields Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carton Mrs. Sharyn Doanes-Bergin and Mr. Michael Bergin Mr. Ralph G. Edwards, Jr. Ms. Virginia Hepner and Mr. Malcolm Barnes Mr. Dick James and Mrs. Rebecca Kelly Mrs. Sloan Kennedy and Mr. John Smith Mrs. Elizabeth B. Pritchett Mr. Stephen Russ and Ms. Katherine Brokaw Ida A. Ryan Charitable Trust Mrs. Robin H. Sangston Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Stone Mr. Timothy Tew and Mr. Joseph Northington Ms. Lynn K Waymer

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acknowledgements Cooper Music, The Official Piano Provider of Atlanta Ballet Delta Air Lines, The Official Airline of Atlanta Ballet Interprint Communications, The Official Printer of Atlanta Ballet Kennesaw State University, The Official Academic Partner of Atlanta Ballet Plaza Executive Health Club, The Official Healthclub of Atlanta Ballet Ryder Truck Rental Systems, Inc., The Official Set Transporter of Atlanta Ballet Cooper Atlanta Transportation Service, The Preferred Chauffeured Service of Atlanta Ballet Artmore Hotel ASV, Video Services Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown Brooks, McGinnis, & Company, LLC, Audit Firm Charlie McCullers Photography Embassy Suites Atlanta – Galleria Four Seasons Hotel Dr. Frank A. Sinkoe, Podiatric Orthopedics J.D. French & Assoc. Jean Padberg & Associates, P.C., Immigration Counsel Dr. Karen Joanson-Scott, Buckhead Family Chiropractic Kim Kenney Photography Lanier Parking Holdings, Inc. Dr. Letha Griffin, Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic, Orthopedic Specialist Littler Mendelson, Attorney Marcia Toye-Vego, Emory Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Tax Accountants Solomon Says, Inc. Atlanta Ballet is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also received support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, and by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding has been provided by our individual donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

For more information, please visit our website at www.atlantaballet.com. All dates and programs are subject to change.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION The Theatre A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,678 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. Private Rooms The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The brand new Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. All rooms include the Fox Theatre’s professional sales and coordination staff. To book your ”Fabulous Fox“ evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. The Box Office The Fox Theatre Box Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theater. The Box Office is open for walk up ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Box Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. During Events, the Box Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased at any TICKETMASTER outlet, by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700 or 404.249.6400, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office in person during regular Box Office hours. You may purchase tickets for a particular nights performance that night only until 8pm at the box office. Concessions Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, adjacent to the main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. Restrooms Restrooms are located on the main lobby and mezzanine lobby levels. Restrooms are also located on the Gallery level. Restrooms for patrons who are physically challenged are located in the Spanish Room. Gift Shop The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theaterrelated merchandise. The gift shop is located in the main lobby and is open at each performance. Tours Tours of the Fox Theatre are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tours are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tours begin in the Peachtree Street Arcade entrance to the theater. For more information on tours and to confirm the tour schedule, please call the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404.688.3353.

Smoking In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Special Needs Ken Shook, Patron Services Director, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on such topics as the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a new brochure detailing all of these programs for our patrons with special needs. They are available at the Guest Relations Table. Fox Ambassadors are located at the Guest Relations Table in the main lobby at the Fox Theatre Merchandise Kiosk to offer their assistance, theater information, and several rental items to enhance your performance enjoyment. An audio clarification device (Phonic Ear) is available for patrons with hearing disabilities. It is available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis on the evening of a performance, or you may reserve a device by calling the Patron Services Director. A limited number of booster seats are also available free of charge. Binoculars are available for sale. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned. Elevators Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Parking Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Box Office or by calling TICKETMASTER at 404.817.8700. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. Performance Notes All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the Theatre. Please be aware that not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance. Please limit conversation during the performances. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.

Lost and Found Lost and Found items are turned in to the House Manager’s office. To check on lost items, please call the House Manager at 404.881.2075. Lost and Found items will be retained for 30 days. Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run.

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GOLDEN RULES The following brief, but important article has been published to assist in audience etiquette. To this day we get at least one phone call a week asking for reprint rights. These calls and letters come from orchestras and theaters, opera and ballet companies all over the United States and Canada, big and little troupes alike. The message, telegraphed between the lines, seems to be an S.O.S.: American audiences are out of control. Are they? Here’s a refresher course. Please read on, and remember, part of one’s pact as an audience member is to take seriously the pleasure of others, a responsibility fulfilled by quietly attentive (or silently inattentive) and selfcontained behavior. After all, you can be as demonstrative as you want during bows and curtain calls. 1. Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne. 2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things. 3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins. 4. Make sure cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view. 7. THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part. 8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack or shopping bag. 9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous. 10. Honor the old standby: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

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STAFF

Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Pat “Sunshine” Tucker . . . . . . . . . . Box Office Manager Ben Neill . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Box Office Manager Robert Burnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Oliver Diamantstein . . . . . . Director/Food and Beverage Len Tucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations Pat Prill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Manager Greta Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant House Manager Kristen Delaney . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing & PR Ken Shook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patron Services Director Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group Sales Director Molly Fortune . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Andrew Nielsen . . . . . . . Director of Production & Event Rebecca J. Graham . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Amy Mark . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Gary Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Carpenter Larry Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer Larry Douglas Embury . . . . . . . . . Organist In Residence Tammy Folds . . . . . . . . . . . Production Security Manager

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS Alan E. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Robert L. Foreman Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1st Vice President Beauchamp C. Carr . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President John A. Busby Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Vice President Julia Sprunt Grumbles . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th Vice President Edward Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Robyn Rieser Barkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Treasurer Clara Hayley Axam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Walter R. Huntley, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Robert E. Minnear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Carl V. Patton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Keith Cowan, F. Sheffield Hale, John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Craig B. Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Jay Myers, Joe G. Patten, Glen J. Romm, Sylvia Anderson Russell, Nancy Gordy Simms, Clyde C. Tuggle, Carolyn Lee Wills.

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Anne Cox Chambers, Arnall (Pat) Connell, Rodney Mims Cook Jr., Jere A. Drummond, Richard O. Flinn III, Arthur Montgomery, Joseph V. Myers Jr., Edward J. Negri, Edgar Neiss, Herman J. Russell, Preston Stevens Jr.

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South City Kitchen

Fox theatre Dining Guide Looking for a great night out? Try one of these local restaurants before or after the show. For Dinner and a Show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers. Neighborhood codes: A–Alpharetta, B–Buckhead, IP–Inman Park, OFW–Old Fourth Ward, M­—Midtown, D–Downtown, P–Perimeter Mall area, SS–Sandy Springs, VH–Virginia-Highland, V—Vinings, W–Westside

American Canoe Located in Atlanta’s historic Vinings area on the Chattahoochee River where Buckhead meets Vinings. Its original cuisine and distinctive design have already been featured in Bon Appetit, Food And Wine, Gourmet, The Wine Spectator and The New York Times. Canoe, recipient of the prestigious Mobil 4 Star Award, was also selected as one of the “Best New Restaurants” in the country by the James Beard Foundation. 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, 770-432-2663, canoeatl.com. V (Re-opening late November) Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night till 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.841.2377, lenoxsquaregrill.com. B Livingston Restaurant and Bar It’s hard to beat the location (across the street from the Fox at the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al 38 EncoreAtlantA.com

fresco seating area, which is available in warm weather. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 800-6512316, livingstonatlanta.com. M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17 St., 404961-7370, lobbyattwelve.com. M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-8924111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M Murphy’s This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great peoplewatching and its contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, murphysvh.com.VH Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, twourbanlicks.com. M WaterHaven is an upscale casual restaurant, featuring contemporary American cuisine with local influences. The menu focuses on fresh homemade products with a farm-to-table philosophy utilizing local, organic and seasonal


products, whenever possible. 75 5th St., 404214-6740, waterhavenatl.com. M

American/steakhouse Bone’s has been recognized as the best steakhouse in Atlanta -- and by many, as the best steakhouse in America. Prime beef, fresh seafood and Maine lobster are served along with regional specialties from our Southern roots. Bone’s has received the Best of Atlanta Steakhouse Award each year running for the past sixteen years. Recently, Zagat recognized Bone’s as having the highest rating for food and service of any steakhouse in America. 3130 Piedmont Road NE, 404-2372663, bonesrestaurant.com. B Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steakhouse has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, centraarchy.com. P New York Prime A Prime Time Top-10 USDA Prime Steakhouse known for its wine list, atmosphere and world-class service. 3424 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-846-0644, centraarchy.com. B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi a nd seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, h2sr.com. B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hotspots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Three locations: Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Road, 404-255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; ruthschris.com. B, SS, D The Tavern at Phipps This is one of Atlanta’s hottest after-work spots, and has been singled out for its happy hour and singles scene by Jezebel, InSite Magazine and the AOL City Guide. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-8149640, centraarchy.com. B

American/southern Home Restaurant & Bar Farm-to-table Southerninspired cuisine is served nightly; half-price bottles of wine available every Sunday. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd., 404-869-0777, h2sr.com. B 40 EncoreAtlantA.com

South City Kitchen Midtown With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, southcitykitchen.com. M Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures the pure simple flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678.651.2770, ellishotel.com/terrace. D

asian fusion Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-231-0001, h2sr.com. B Straits Tastes of Singapore’s four culinary cultures (Malaysian/Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Nonya) blend at this celebrity friendly restaurant co-owned by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. 793 Juniper St. NE, 404-877-1283, straitsrestaurants.com. M

brasserie French American Brasserie (FAB) A reinvention of Atlanta’s famed Brasserie Le Coze, FAB serves a combination of classic French fare and American chops. A covered terrace overlooks the city skyline. 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., 404266-1440, fabatlanta.com. D Joël is a chic yet relaxed French restaurant that blends contemporary style with rustic flavors. Responsible for one of Atlanta’s most acclaimed dining experiences, Chef Cyrille Holota guides the kitchen as executive chef, bringing his full-flavored brasserie concept to the menu. 3290 Northside Parkway, 404-233-3500, joelbrasserie.com. B

brew pub/gormet pub fare Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox. 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805, gordonbiersch.com. M


Looking for a great night out? Try one of our dinner and a show packages! ANNIE

ANNIE

Livingston at the Georgian Terrace Thursday, January 14

Gordon Biersch Sunday, January 17

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

DAVID COPPERFIELD

Livingston at the Georgian Terrace Thursday, January 28

Gordon Biersch Sunday, January 31

Livingston at the Georgian Terrace Saturday, January 23

ecco Wednesday, January 27

DAVID COPPERFIELD one. midtown kitchen Sunday, January 24

For more information, please call Janet Potash at the Fox Theatre at 404-881-2103 or log on to FoxTheatre.org/dinner_broadway/index.htm.


Tap A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St., 404-347-2220, tapat1180.com. M

creole/cajun

mexican El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404-873-4656, eltaco-atlanta.com. VH

Parish New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar; a Nawlins-inspired brunch is served on the weekends. Downstairs, a take-away market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404-681-4434, parishatl.com. IP

Goldfish This fun seafood/sushi restaurant has Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri and nightly entertainment in its lounge. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., 770-671-0100, h2sr.com. P

european fusion

spanish/tapas

Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, h2sr.com. VH

seafood/sushi

sports bar

LOLA Bellini bar and restaurant specializing in wood-fired meats and pastas. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-892-9292, h2sr.com. B

STATS A modern sports bar that doesn’t skimp on the quality of its food; five bars and multiple screens are at your service. 300 Marietta St., 404-885-1472, statsatl.com. D

italian

steak/sushi

La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of VirginiaHighland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria.com. VH

Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404-418-1250, roomattwelve.com. D

Medici Tuscan cuisine served in the typical Tuscan spirit; flexible menu with Tuscanrubbed steaks and a wide selection of antipasti, insalata e zuppes, pastas, hand tossed pizza and bistecches. 2450 Galleria Pkwy., 770953-4500, renaissancewaverly.com. V

Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404385-2005, h2sr.com. M

mediterranean ENO Atlanta’s true European Mediterranean inspired restaurant and wine bar, or “enoteca”, has come to epitomize European-Mediterranean quality of life in Atlanta. 800 Peachtree St., 404685-3191, enorestaurant.com. M

mediterranean/latin/asian fusion Shout A young crowd keeps Shout’s rooftop lounge hopping every night. The menu reflects a mix of Mediterranean, Far Eastern and South American influences. 1197 Peachtree St N.E., 404-846-2000, h2sr.com. M 42 EncoreAtlantA.com

Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, and sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, h2sr.com. B Ray’s Restaurants Ray’s in the City is the downtown location of the steak, seafood and sushi chain. Ray’s Killer Creek offers an awardwinning Sunday brunch, and Ray’s on the River is one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants. All three have excellent food, award-winning wine lists and live entertainment. Ray’s in the City: 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, 404-524-9224; Ray’s on the River: 6700 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 770-955-1187; Ray’s Killer Creek: 1700 Mansell Rd. (at Ga. 400), 770-649-0064; raysrestaurants.com. D, SS, A


Continued from page 12 and lounge rooms, a reading room and library, soundproof practice rooms, storage, a kitchen, office space, ballrooms, and more. Within a month of initiating a $1 million fund-raising campaign in 1925, the Shriners had met their goal. The Shriners held an architectural competition in 1927 and the winning design came from local architectural firm Marye, Alger & Vinour. Thirty-year-old Frenchman Ollivier Vinour became the mosque’s principal designer. Vinour drew inspiration from the Middle Eastern theme of Shriner rituals and symbolism, as well as his travels to Africa, and postcards and lithographs from Egypt, Sudan, Spain, and the Middle East. 44 EncoreAtlantA.com

Vinour’s designs exceeded the Shriners’ wildest imagination, but it was expensive to realize. The cornerstone for the Yaarab Temple Mosque was laid on June 14, 1928. Six months later, the Shriners ran out of money. Afraid they wouldn’t have enough money to finish the mosque, the Shriners added a row of “temporary” storefronts to the Peachtree Street side and gave movie palace mogul William Fox a 21-year lease they hoped would cover operating expenses. As part of their arrangement, they renamed the mosque the Fox Theatre and moved the main entrance to Peachtree Street, converting what was intended to be a ballroom into a 140-foot-long covered arcade.

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This rendering of the Yaarab Temple was the winning design submitted by local architectural firm Marye, Alger & Vinour. The Architectural Library at Georgia Tech has two books of David Roberts’ lithographs, Egypt and Nubia and The Holy Land, which Vinour consulted for ideas.


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William Fox’s Movie Palace William Fox intended Atlanta’s Fox Theatre to be the Southeastern jewel in a crown of theatres he operated from San Francisco to Brooklyn. When he signed the 21-year lease in 1928, he was on top of the world. Unfortunately, 1929 was a very difficult year. First, the Justice Department sued Fox for violating federal antitrust laws for his intent to merge the Fox and Loew’s theatre chains. Then, he was involved in a serious car accident. He recovered to find that the stock market crash had wiped out most of his financial holdings, dashing any hopes of expanding his film empire. Two months later, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta opened. The exterior was reminiscent of the skyline of a Moorish village with onion domes, ornate arches, and minarets. But what lay inside was even more magnificent. A writer from the Atlanta Journal called it a “holiday gift from the gods of entertainment to Atlanta and the Southeast,” and warned, “don’t go unprepared for the shock.” 46 EncoreAtlantA.com

Opening day celebrations were scheduled for December 25, 1929. Two shows were advertised: the first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. Each show lasted for several hours and featured Iris Wilkins on organ, the Fox Grand Orchestra playing Sir Edward Elgar’s “This Shrine of Beauty,” Walt Disney’s cartoon Steamboat Willie, a singalong, Fanchon and Marco’s Sunkist Beauties (called “two carloads of feminine pulchritude” by the Atlanta Constitution), Fox Movietone News, and the film Salute, which starred George O’Brien, Helen Chandler, and Stepin Fetchit. “It makes no difference whether you have been in the Roxy or Paramount in New York or not,” wrote an Atlanta Journal reporter. “If you have seen a moon somewhere, that wouldn’t make you indifferent to your first glimpse of the sun ... For this Fox Theatre, in the simplest and least patriotic terms possible, is a bewildering spectacle of sheer opulent magnificence.” For more information, visit foxtheatre.org.

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The crowd for the Fox Theatre’s grand opening celebration stretched around the block. On the bill of fare were a series of acts that were designed to offer pure escapist entertainment. At the end of each show, bleached cornflakes fell like “snowflakes” from the ceiling.


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et in the holiday spirit by sharing in some of Atlanta’s festivities with family and friends. Whether you prefer the comforts of neighborhood caroling or the excitement of a citywide block party, events around town abound. Here’s our short list of hot holiday happenings. By Ashley L. Brazzel Atlantic Station is abuzz with activities this season. Take a break from shopping at the Atlanta Holiday Village, an open-air market featuring an array of handcrafted holiday items, and experience the 50-ft. Christmas tree and magical “snowfall” at Central Park. Snow falls weeknights at 7:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, hourly from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 31. Or, take a horse and carriage ride around the area (offered nightly through Dec. 27, from 6-8 p.m.). All carriage ride proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Santa also will be on hand for family and pet photos at Dillard’s and during scheduled appearances in Central Park. Atlanticstation.com The 2009 Atlanta Holiday House, presented by Steven West Custom Homes, is an annual fundraiser for Children’s

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Healthcare of Atlanta, benefiting the Save a Smile Foundation. As the largest spec home ever built, the 22,000-sq. ft. Buckhead estate is decorated by some of the city’s premier interior designers. Tours run through Dec. 20; tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Atlantaholidayhouse.com. As part of their Holidays in the Garden series, festivities for families and adults are in full bloom at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Every weekend in December, the Holiday High Tea in Mershon Hall offers hot tea and a host of trimmings. Tickets are $50 per person, $35 for members, and includes garden admission. Reservations are required, and seatings are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Board the Botanical Express (through Jan. 3) for a scenic ride around the Great Lawn


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and a stop at the Holiday Train Show. Tickets are $2 per ride (children three and under are free with a paid adult). The train operates on weekends and select weekdays. Afterwards, unwind in the garden with a leisurely evening stroll during Holiday Nights (Dec. 26-30; 5-10 p.m.), explore the Fuqua Orchid Center or simply enjoy the festive music (and cash bar). Visit Atlantabotanicalgarden.org/ events for schedules, menus and additional ticket information. Contact Sun in My Belly at 404-370-0856 to RSVP for teas. The 2009 Matzo Ball at Halo Lounge on Dec. 24 is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah. Dubbed as the “Nation’s No. 1 Holiday Party” by USA Today, it is the largest Jewish mixer in the U.S., and features a night of highenergy networking and matchmaking. Created by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals 23 years ago, the ball is currently in more than a dozen cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All are welcome to attend. Matzoball.org. The 42nd annual Chick-fil-A Bowl kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, but there’s plenty to do beforehand. The Chick-filA Bowl Parade starts off the day (12-2 p.m.) at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill Boulevard, and ends at the Georgia World Congress Center, where CokeZero’s FanFest (2-6 50 EncoreAtlantA.com

p.m.) picks up. Football lovers of all ages can take part in many activities, including obstacle courses and rock climbing walls, and cheer on their teams during the pep rally and team walks. The parade is free, but tickets for the FanFest are $15 per person; game ticket prices vary. Chick-fil-abowl.com Usher in 2010 at FirstNight Atlanta, a family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration that takes place throughout midtown and downtown Atlanta. Featuring theater, dance, art and live musical performances by local and well-known acts, FirstNight can be considered Atlanta’s official New Year’s Eve party. The fun starts in midtown with a daytime concert, then moves downtown to Peachtree Street for a block party. A “midnight fireworks spectacular” caps off the evening. Atlanta.net/holiday The Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta is the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast. Broadcast live on local TV and hosted by on-air personalities and celebrities, the all-day event starts at noon and has activities for the entire family. Various musical acts take the mainstage around 6 p.m., and as the new year approaches, the countdown for the 800-pound peach begins. The event culminates at midnight with the peach drop, fireworks and tons of confetti. Peachdrop.com


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Georgia’s public schools tend to rank low compared to other state schools, so it’s not surprising that private schools have become a popular option, especially for parents looking for programs that are strong in arts education or have an underlying faith-based philosophy. Here’s a brief guide of some of the best private schools in the Atlanta area. ATLANTA GIRLS SCHOOL In February of 2009, Atlanta Girls School was recognized for having one of the first strategic initiatives in the country combining a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program with iPod technology. Starting in middle school, students develop leadership skills through integrated classroom and out-of-school experiences to learn both how to lead and where the community needs this leadership. Open house: Jan. 10, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. Call 404-845-0900, ext. 279, or visit atlantagirlsschool.org. EPSTEIN SCHOOL An award-winning bilingual school for children aged two years through 8th grade, the Epstein School in Sandy Springs offers an

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academic learning environment grounded in Conservative Jewish values, but receptive to children of traditional, reform and orthodox families, as well. Educational programs incorporate cutting-edge technology, strong arts education and exceptional instructors who nurture and challenge every child. An intown campus at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue provides care and education for children aged 18 months through Pre-K. Open house: Call 404-250-5607 to schedule an appointment. Visit epsteinatlanta.org. GALLOWAY SCHOOL Dedicated to learning, people and the cultivation of mature, free, fearless thinkers. This commitment to individual freedom within an attentive nurturing environment gives


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MARIST The mission of Marist School, to form the whole person in the image of Christ, is created by blending three distinct traditions: the pursuit of academic excellence, the heritage of Catholic education and the spirit of the Society of Mary. The school offers its students a curriculum that cultivates extensive knowledge and academic skills, intellectual acumen, formation of character, aesthetic appreciation and physical well-being in order to prepare them for college studies, civic leaderships, and the lifelong pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Open house: In February, 90-minute school tours will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 770-936-2214 or visit marist.com. MOHAMED SCHOOLS OF ATLANTA Mohammed Schools upholds the highest of values and morals for its students and staff. The only independent, accredited, AfricanAmerican, Islamic-based Pre-K through 12th grade institution in the country, the school has been “Instilling Excellence in Education” for more than 30 years. Although the school primarily consists of Muslim students, families from different nationalities and religious backgrounds diversify and expand the school population every year. Open house: Held during the first and last quarters of school year. Private tours can be scheduled by appointment. Call 404-378-4219 for Pre-K-8 grades or 404-378-1042 for high school; or visit mohammedschools.org. PACE ACADEMY Pace Academy is small enough that students feel comfortable stopping by any teacher’s office, and large enough to field championship sports teams, impressive music programs and acclaimed theater productions. The school prides itself on giving every individual the opportunity to lead, and ensuring that no student falls through the cracks. For students in grades K through 12, the average class size is 15 students and SAT scores have averaged 1300+ for the past five years. Open house: Call 404-240-9109 to schedule a tour. Visit paceacademy.org. 56 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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