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hat would the holiday season be without the Atlanta Ballet’s annual staging of the yuletide classic The Nutcracker? In 1959, long before any of this year’s dancers were born – and probably many of their parents – Atlantans were introduced to choreographer George Balanchine’s signature version. Robert Barnett, then Atlanta Ballet’s artistic director, did the introduction. It was the first time Balanchine allowed his piece to be done by anyone besides the New York City Ballet. In the 51 years since, family audiences have eaten the show up like so many of the sweets that figure prominently in the story, which began as a Russian fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and was later set to an iconic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 10 EncoreAtlantA.com

By Bert Osborne

In 1995, Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall created his own variation, describing it as “traditional yet new, familiar yet different, classic yet contemporary and, above all, magical.” “It really is magical, something that truly spells the holiday season,” says Sharon Story, dean of the company’s Centre for Dance Education. “The show has always been a joy to people of all ages. Some people have been coming to see it for generations, first seeing it as kids and now bringing their own kids to see it. Or first seeing it with their kids and now seeing it with their grandkids. It’s a tradition.” No small part of the magic is provided by the show’s sumptuous production design – and by the spectacular venue itself: the fabulous Fox Theatre. “Our sets were

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in them – from creative movement classes (designed for 3- to 6-year-olds) and student classes (ages 7 and up) to the pre-professional and adult levels. Story is a primary guiding force behind the annual Nutcracker — from auditions and casting through rehearsals and performances. In an ensemble that includes 21 company dancers and six apprentices, there are more than 50 roles for children (ranging from toy soldiers and nesting dolls to munchkins and mice). Even though five casts are used during the two-week run, there still aren’t quite enough parts to go around for Centre students, a group that has grown significantly under Story’s leadership. “The idea of using different casts is mainly an effort to give as many students as possible the opportunity to

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specifically built for the Fox, which has a magical atmosphere all its own,” Story says. “The wonderful sets and costumes only enhance the beauty of the dancing and the music.” Story grew up in Kennesaw and began her training with the Cobb Marietta Ballet. Following an illustrious career that included lengthy stints with the Joffrey Ballet in New York and the Boston Ballet (in addition to touring the world with none other than Rudolf Nureyev), she came home to  Georgia. She joined Atlanta Ballet 17 seasons ago, first as a ballet mistress/dance instructor and then, in 1996, moving to the Centre. Story’s responsibilities are many throughout the year. She oversees all aspects of the Centre’s programs and the nearly 1,000 students who participate

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wife and I were [Atlanta Ballet] season ticket holders long before our daughter was born. And for her, it’s been a great environment to grow up in. Some of these kids have been friends and dancing together for 10 or more years now.” As Story puts it so simply, “Aside from being a highly physical activity, ballet is all about focus and discipline, and instilling in the dancer the importance of those key elements.” Ask her if she misses her own heyday as a ballerina, and she doesn’t skip a beat. “To be honest, I’m very happily retired from that,” she says. “I love what I do now and it keeps me very busy. “It’s inspiring, being able to take what I’ve learned over the years from all of my own mentors, and passing that knowledge on to the next generation to carry on.” Bert Osborne has written about Atlanta theater for nearly 20 years. A former critic with Creative Loafing and The Sunday Paper, he currently reviews theater for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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be onstage,” she says. “This is the first year we weren’t able to open up the auditions to kids from the community, because we were already turning away a lot of students from our own group.” Each student comes with a family, of course. And just as Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is an annual tradition for families in the audience, it’s also an annual tradition for families involved behind the scenes. Forrest Hibbard is co-chair of Atlanta Ballet’s volunteer parents association. His daughter Lauren is dancing in her eighth Nutcracker this year. “She started out as a mouse when she was eight,” he says. Hundreds of parents work year-round to support and promote the company through fund-raising initiatives or community outreach programs. For Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, in particular, it means filling 34 volunteer positions for each of the show’s 23 performances – no small feat (you do the math). It also can be about relatively mundane things, like coordinating transportation to and from classes or rehearsals. “It’s a big commitment and responsibility, especially during the holidays, and not just for the kids but also for their parents,” Hibbard admits. “Lauren probably devotes more than 20 hours per week to her ballet, and that’s outside of school and her other activities. But if both of the parents work, if they have other children playing soccer or baseball, juggling it all can be hard for the rest of the family, too.” What makes it worthwhile, he says, is knowing that it’s for a good cause. “My


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December 8-24, 2011

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 Robert Hand, Jr. Scenic Artist Michael Hagen

Dorothy Moses Alexander, Founder

Robert Barnett, Artistic Director Emeritus

John McFall, Artistic Director

Arthur Jacobus, Executive Director

Gary Sheldon, Conductor Craig Kier, Conductor Atlanta Ballet Orchestra

Snow Scene performance by Georgia Youth Choir ~music in ascendance~ Additional scenery by Kat Conley

Season Sponsored by

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Atlanta ballet Rosemary Miles, Dale Shields, Sharon Story Ballet Mistresses THE COMPANY Jacob Bush, Peng-Yu Chen, Christian Clark, Pedro Gamino, Heath Gill, Jonah Hooper, Yoomi Kim, Tara Lee, Nadia Mara, Jackie Nash, Brandon Nguyen, Tommy Panto, Alessa Rogers, Claire Stallman, Abigail Tan, Jared Tan, Jesse Tyler, Rachel Van Buskirk, John Welker, Christine Winkler, Harunaga Yamakawa APPRENTICES Lisa Barrieau, Melissa Mitchell, Miguel Angel Montoya, Pablo Sanchez, Nayomi Van Brunt FELLOWSHIP STUDENTS* Alexandre Barros, Emily Docherty, Ericka Goss, Kelsey Hirsch, Nicole Jones, Briley Jozwiak, Raquel Kelly, Lauren Merle, Kelly Prather, Philip Smith-Cobbs, Michael Wells *All student dancers courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education

Additional costumes by April McCoy, Elena Rao

atlanta ballet’s nutcracker Our story begins 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 exude magic and wonder 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, Marya’s naughty brother, receives a toy in the shape of a rat’s head. He uses his new toy 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 18 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 a sword. He now personifies a rat and is empowered to initiate a great battle. The battle begins, and 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 that her dreams have come true. She ponders all the dreams yet to come true.


bios ATLANTA BALLET LEADERSHIP JOHN MCFALL (Artistic Director) For the past 17 years, John McFall has cultivated Atlanta Ballet’s artistic vision into one of the country’s premier dance companies. Led by a strong commitment to imaginative and innovative programming, John continues to push the envelope with inspiring productions and unique collaborations, including onstage partnerships with the Indigo Girls, the Red Clay Ramblers, The Michael O’Neal Singers and, most recently, with Big Boi of the hip hop group OutKast. Since joining Atlanta Ballet as artistic director in 1994, John has choreographed many company favorites, including Don Quixote, Firebird, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Jupiter, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Additionally, John established the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education in 1996, which has now grown into the sixth-largest dance school in the nation. John has received three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and was recently named in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2010 Who’s Who edition for excellence in Arts & Entertainment. ARTHUR JACOBUS (Executive Director) Arthur Jacobus enters his third season at Atlanta Ballet. From 1984 through 1993, Jacobus was president of Pacific Northwest Ballet; and from 1993 through 2002, he served as the Executive Director of San Francisco Ballet. Jacobus also has served as CEO/executive director of Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle; president of COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa, Calif.; President of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, Ky.; and President of the Oakland Symphony in Oakland, Calif. He holds masters degrees in Business Administration, Arts Administration and Human Resources Management and has completed management programs at University of Washington and Harvard Business School. Jacobus has served on a number of executive boards in the arts community, including Dance/USA, Washington State Arts Alliance, Northwest Development Officers’ Association, and California Arts Advocates. Throughout his career, Jacobus has remained actively involved in strategy and advocacy in the arts by chairing and sitting on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, becoming a Certified Fundraising Executive, and serving on the steering committee for the Salzburg Seminar to establish a series of international seminars in arts management. SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education, Ballet Mistress) Sharon Story is currently in her 17th season with Atlanta Ballet. She joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years, including tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Boston Ballet. 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 a member of the Commission on Accreditation for NASD and is delighted to serve on many community and national boards. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 19


bios ROSEMARY MILES (Ballet Mistress) Rosemary Miles is in her 16th 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 for 16 years. Rosemary is the proud aunt of 22 nieces and nephews, and 28 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) A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Ms. Shields graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and Butler University before starting her career as a professional dancer. After joining and rising to principal dancer with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Dale Shields appeared in the leading roles of many productions including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Gaité Parisienne, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppélia, Night Shadow and The Moor’s Pavane. Ms. Shields’ artistic collaboration with IBT’s artistic directors George Verdak and Dace Dindonis produced a great number of original works as well as staging and performing the Russian premiere of the ballet Le Bal in St. Petersburg, Russia. In her position as Principal Ballet Mistress for Ballet Internationale, she assisted with the original choreography of several full length ballets by Artistic Director Eldar Aliev and worked alongside Irina Kolpakova in staging many wellknown Russian classics. Dale has taught on the faculty of the Academy of Ballet International and Butler University’s Jorden Academy. She enjoys her time guest teaching around the country and in the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education’s summer intensives. It has been inspiring for her to work with John McFall and the artists of Atlanta Ballet in creating new and more exciting productions every season.

the company Jacob Bush (fifth season) grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., 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 principal roles such as Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in John McFall’s Cinderella, the Green Man in Lila York’s Celts and Matthew and Toulouse-Lautrec in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge-The Ballet. He had the pleasure of creating the role of the Younger Brother in the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring. He has had the pleasure of working with such notable choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Helen Pickett, Michael Pink and Lauri Stallings. 20 EncoreAtlantA.com


bios Peng-Yu Chen (fifth season), a native of Taiwan, began training in Chinese folk dance and gymnastics at the age of 10. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase under Carol Walker, and received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the President’s 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 joined American Repertory Ballet for three seasons, where she performed works by Graham Lustig, Lauri Stallings, Val Caniparoli, Melissa Barak and Twyla Tharp. Since 2007, she has performed leading roles in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and McFall’s Peter Pan. She has been featured in Stalling’s big, Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa, Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, Godden’s The Magic Flute, Pickett’s Petal and Tharp’s In the Upper Room. 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. Sponsored by the Corps de Ballet. Christian Clark (tenth season), an Atlanta native, 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 Giocosa. When not dancing, Christian enjoys playing music with the band The Neighbors with fellow dancer Jesse Tyler. Christian thanks the Centre for Dance Education, his family, and his lovely wife Naomi-Jane for their support. Sponsored by Christine Noguere and Phillip Pope. Pedro Gamino (second season), a San Francisco native, began his training at age 13 with the San Francisco Academy of Ballet, and later studied at the San Francisco School of the Arts High School and the School of American Ballet in New York City. In his professional career, Pedro has danced with Smuin Ballet, Dayton Ballet and American Repertory Ballet, performing the works of such choreographers as Michael Smuin, Amy Seiwert, Shannon Hurlburt, Septime Webre, Dermot Burke, Steven Mills, Val Caniparoli, Lisa de Ribere, Twyla Tharp, Susan Shields and Graham Lustig. In addition to ballet, Pedro is a skilled Mexican folk and tap dancer, a former soccer and baseball player, and an avid bowler. Pedro is very happy to be a part of the Atlanta Ballet family and looks forward to a great season. Heath Gill (second season), a native of southern Illinois, began his dance training at age four with jazz, tap and gymnastics. In order to expand his dance knowledge, he later attended The Children’s Center for Dance Education, where he began to study ballet under the direction of Deena Laska-Lewis. He also attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. By age 18, he moved to Atlanta to train and perform with Atlanta Ballet. During his time in Atlanta, he has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as John McFall, Michael Pink, James Kudelka, Lila York, Mark Godden, Matt Kent and Lauri Stallings. Some of Heath’s other interests include playing piano and trumpet, watching movies and cooking. Heath also would like to thank Clara Cravey for her guidance, and his friends and family for their love and support. 22 EncoreAtlantA.com


bios Jonah Hooper (thirteenth season), a native of Blue Ridge, Ga., began dancing under the direction of Diane Callihan of Gainesville Ballet. He appeared as Quasimodo in Michael Pink’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula in Dracula, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Sharpless and Pinkerton in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly and Jay Gatsby in John McFall and Lauri Stallings’ The Great Gatsby. Jonah and his wife Maria live in Decatur with their two wonderful children. Mr. Hooper is also finishing a degree at Georgia State University in Finance. He would like to thank his wife and family for their love and support. Please visit his photoblog at thedancerslounge.com. Yoomi Kim (third season), a native of South Korea, started ballet at the age of seven at the Korea National Ballet Company Academy. She trained at Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Korea, and earned a Master’s Degree of Dance Arts at Ewha Women’s 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 U.S. 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. Sponsored by Su Longman. Tara Lee (sixteenth 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 has also been a guest artist with New Orleans Ballet Theatre and 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. Principal roles include those in McFall’s Swan Lake and Firebird, Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, Godden’s The Magic Flute, 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. Last season, she danced leading roles in Morris’ Moulin Rouge-The Ballet and Caniparoli’s Lambarena, as well as Carabosse in McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty and Faith/Death in Hampson’s Rite of Spring (world premiere). Tara’s choreography has been performed by Atlanta Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Emory Dance Company. Sponsored by Lynn Cochran Schroder. Nadia Mara (sixth 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. In the United States, Nadia started dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre. At Atlanta Ballet, she has performed from 2006 to 2008 the title role in Giselle, Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty, the world premiere of big with Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and, in 2009, leading roles as Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula and Kitri in Don Quixote. In 2010, Nadia danced as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute choreographed by Mark Godden, Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and Spring in James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons. In 2011, Nadia performed the lead role in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge — The Ballet. Sponsored by Patti Wallace. Jackie Nash (debut season), native of Connecticut, started her preprofessional ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 23


bios academic residency program at The Rock School for Dance Education and graduated in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She has enjoyed dancing roles such as Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and performing works by James Kudelka, Mark Godden, Lila York and Matt Kent of Pilobolus Dance Theater. Jackie would like to thank her loving parents and amazing sister for their endless support and encouragement. Brandon Nguyen (debut season), a native of Texas, found his love for dance at the Margo Dean School of Ballet in Fort Worth and later moved on to Texas Ballet Theatre. He furthered his training on a full scholarship at Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy performing solo and principal roles with Houston Ballet II. He received his first job with Orlando Ballet under direction of Bruce Marks, and later, Robert Hill. While in Orlando, he also became an artist with Cirque du Soleil as a lead male dancer in La Nouba. In 2010, he performed with Mariah Carey for the Disney Christmas Day Parade. Brandon would like to thank his parents, the Atlanta Ballet company for being so welcoming, and his past, present and future teachers. Tommy Panto (second season), an Atlanta native, started dancing at the age of 11 and began his training with the New Mexico Ballet Company under the direction of Patricia Dickinson. After studying and training all over the US, he moved to Los Angeles and received a degree in Business: Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute. While in Los Angeles he trained and studied with Marat Duakayev of the Kirov/Kirov Academy and Patricia Neary of NYCB. With Atlanta Ballet, Tommy has had the pleasure of dancing Don Quixote in John McFall’s Don Quixote and Snow King in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, as well as John McFall’s Jupiter, Tealia and Firebird. Other highlights include Christopher Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa, Helen Pickett’s Petal and Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes. Tommy would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support and looks forward to a long and exciting career with Atlanta Ballet. Alessa Rogers (fourth 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, N.C. Alessa likes to read, learn, sit in airports, eat zucchini and be silly. Sponsored by Lucy, Charlotte and Ginny Brewer. Claire Stallman (debut season) began dancing at age four in her hometown of Saratoga, Calif. She trained with Karen Millar before joining the San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship. Prior to joining Atlanta Ballet, Claire danced with the Boston Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and has performed pieces by Wheeldon, Elo, Millepied and Pickett among others. Some of her favorite performing experiences include Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette and Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun. Claire enjoys rock climbing with her siblings, reading, cooking and exploring new cities. Claire is thankful for the love and support of her friends and family and looks forward to an exciting debut season with Atlanta Ballet.

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bios Abigail Tan (second season) was born in Manila, Philippines. She started to dance professionally with the Philippine Ballet Theatre at age 14, and danced lead roles in ballets such as Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Madame Butterfly, La Bayadere, Nutcracker, Who Cares, Serenade and Concerto Barocco. In 2009, she moved to the U.S. to dance with the American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Mr. Graham Lustig, and in 2010 came to Atlanta Ballet, where she was featured in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker as Snow Queen/Dew Drop Fairy and in The Sleeping Beauty as Lilac Fairy. She also enjoyed dancing Val Caripanoli’s Lambarena, Helen Pickett’s Petal, Gina Patterson’s Quietly Walking and Amy Seiwert’s Home in 7. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Arts in Angelicum College. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, learning to bowl and spending time with her dog, Hazel. Jared Tan (second season) was born in Philippines and started dancing at the age of nine with Philippine Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gener Caringal. He had trained for more than 14 years under Russian Ballet Master Anatoly Panasyukov, and distinguished visiting ballet masters such as Robert Barnett, Graham Lustig, Batt Abbit, Stefan Hoff, Ida BeltranLucila, Nonoy Froilan, Maiqui Mañosa, Edna Vida and Stanley Canete. In 2009, he joined American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig, where he danced Prince in Nutcracker, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rhapsodia and Baker’s Dozen by Twyla Tharp. Jared loves to take pictures and play guitar, basketball and video games. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support. He is so thankful to be a part of Atlanta Ballet. Jesse Tyler (fourth 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 Neighbors. Rachel Van Buskirk (fifth season), a native of Vancouver, trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. With Atlanta Ballet, Rachel has performed in Dracula, Madame Butterfly, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Great Gatsby and big, and has been featured in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. Last season, Rachel danced the roles of Mome Fromage and La Goulue in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge — The Ballet, Princess Florine in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty and Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. She was also involved with the creation of three premieres by Bennyroyce Royon, Gina Patterson and Amy Seiwert. Rachel has also performed works by Twyla Tharp, James Kudelka, Helen Pickett, George Balanchine, Lauri Stallings, Val Caniparoli, Victor Quijada and Lila York. A recent highlight for her was working with local choreographer Juel Lane for Wabi Sabi. Outside of dance, Rachel enjoys reading and crafting. She sends her love to her family and thanks them for being awesome. Sponsored by Dottie Smith and Merry Carlos. 26 EncoreAtlantA.com


bios John Welker (seventeenth season) received his dance training at BalletMet Dance Academy, the School of American Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, and Point Park Conservatory. John has performed both classical and contemporary roles, including Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Albrect in Giselle, Dracula in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Principal Male in John McFall’s Firebird and Principal Male in James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, to name a few. John has had the honor to work with such renowned choreographers as Christopher Hampson, Victor Quijada, Lila York, Danny Ezralow, Lauri Stallings, Val Caniparoli, Twyla Tharp, Darrell Moultrie and John McFall. The past four years, John has served as co-director of Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education’s Professional Division during their seasonal summer intensive. He is currently enrolled as a Dance Major in Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts and wishes to further pursue a graduate degree in arts administration. John wishes to thank his wife, fellow artist Christine Winkler, for her support, encouragement, and love. Sponsored by Lynda Courts. Christine Winkler (seventeenth season), a California native, began her training in Sacramento with Barbara Crockett, and then furthered 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. Memorable highlights since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995 include Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet, Odette in John McFall’s Swan Lake, Mina in Dracula, Kitri in Don Quixote, and Daisy in John McFall and Lauri Stallings’ The Great Gatsby. Christine has had the privilege of working with acclaimed choreographers such as Christopher Hampson, Lila York, James Kudelka, Peter Quanz, Val Caniparoli and Darrell Moultrie. Last season, she was featured in Christopher Hampson’s world premiere of Rite of Spring and Jordan Morris’ Moulin Rouge-The Ballet. Guest appearances include American Repertory Ensemble in Austin, Texas; Maximum Dance in Miami City, Fla.; Chamber Dance Project based in New York City; and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Christine has served as co-director of Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education’s Summer Intensive Professional Division during the past four years. Christine would also like to thank her husband and family for their continued love and support. Sponsored by Merry and Chris Carlos. Harunaga Yamakawa (debut season), originally from Japan, received formal training with Nowa Ballet in Kanagawa, Japan, as well as with John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Harry performed with National Company of Portugal (CNB), Colorado Ballet, and Nashville Ballet. Also, Harry performs often as a guest in Japan. Harry enjoys both classical and contemporary work, such as a recent summer workshop with Complexions in New York. His repertory includes the Nutcracker Prince and Cavalier from The Nutcracker, James from La Sylphide, Peter from Peter and the Wolf, and various roles in Swan Lake, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who Cares?, Kazimir’s Colours and Dracula. Harry is excited to be a part of Atlanta Ballet and thankful to his family in Japan and the U.S.

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bios Apprentices 2011-2012 season Lisa Barrieau, a native of Milwaukee, Wisc., started dancing at the age of four and continued training in Connecticut with New Haven Ballet School and Joyce DiLauro. Her additional studies include intensives with Boston Ballet School, American Academy of Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School, where she was offered a contract into Nancy Einhorn’s Milwaukee Ballet II program. There, she danced the role of Blue Fairy in Bruce Well’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was seen in Antony Tudor’s Offenbach in the Underworld, and Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. In 2009, Lisa joined Minnesota Ballet where she performed the roles Lustful Virgin in Agnes De Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil, and Zulme in Giselle. Last season, Lisa danced with Milwaukee Ballet and performed in Edgar Zendejas’ world premiere of Mara in the International Choreographic Competition. Lisa’s career has offered her the chance to dance works by Alvin Ailey, Kee-Juan Han, Jose Limón, Trey McIntyre, Adam Miller, Pilobolus, Twyla Tharp and Chet Walker. Lisa is looking forward to her first season with Atlanta Ballet, and she thanks her family for all of their love and support. Melissa Mitchell began her training at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education at the age of 12 after having competed as a gymnast for four years. She also trained with the Swedish Royal Ballet under Kerstin Lindström, where she toured with Raymonda and Don Quixote. With Atlanta Ballet, she has enjoyed dancing productions such as Swan Lake, Peter Pan, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and The Four Seasons. Melissa is currently working on a BA in Marketing at Georgia State University. She loves traveling with her family and hiking in the North Georgia mountains. Pablo Sanchez was born in Puebla, Mexico. After moving to the U.S. he began training with Amy

Rose in Libertyville, Ill., and studied additionally at the Boston Ballet School. He furthered his training by attending the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and graduated in 2010 with a BS in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Communications and Culture. At IU, under the direction of Michael Vernon, he danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Rubies, Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Valse Fantasie. He also appeared in works by Frederick Ashton, Agnes de Mille, Matthew Neenan, Twyla Tharp and Violette Verdy. Last season, Pablo danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago as a trainee. There, he toured and performed in Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino’s The Nutcracker and Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow. Pablo is looking forward to an exciting first season with Atlanta Ballet and wishes to thank his family for their wonderful support. A California native, Nayomi Van Brunt began her training at the age of 3. When she moved to Georgia with her family, she trained with Atlanta Festival Ballet under Nicolas Pacana and Gregory Aaron, as well as Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She spent two years in the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education before becoming a fellowship dancer. Nayomi spent her summers with Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre. During her two years as a fellowship student, Nayomi performed roles such as Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Victor Quijada’s Impending Savor Assessment, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Bennyroyce Royon’s Flux, John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty and Amy Seiwert’s Home in 7. When she’s not dancing, Nayomi enjoys cooking, shopping, and hanging out with her friends. Nayomi would like to thank her parents and six brothers and sisters for their love, support and sense of humor.

Artistic and Production Team

Craig Kier (Conductor, Dec. 8-11) made his Houston Grand Opera conducting debut leading performances of Madama Butterfly in May 2011. He joined the Houston Grand Opera music staff as Associate Conductor and Assistant Chorus Master in August 2010. Prior to his work with HGO, Mr. Kier spent six seasons as resident assistant conductor and principal coach/ 28 EncoreAtlantA.com

accompanist for The Atlanta Opera. Mr. Kier began his career as a member of music staff of Seattle Opera, and has since served on the music staff of Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, Berkshire Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera Birmingham and Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. Kier has conducted Gianni Schicchi in a joint project between Seattle


bios Artistic and Production Team (cont.) Opera and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for The Atlanta Opera. This season, Mr. Kier conducts The Barber of Seville with Houston Grand Opera and makes his conducting debuts with Houston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. Gary Sheldon (Conductor, Dec. 15-24) is principal conductor for Miami City Ballet. He is also the artistic director of the Lancaster Festival in Ohio and principal conductor at the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho. Maestro Sheldon is former principal guest conductor for San Francisco Ballet and principal conductor for BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. He was recently awarded the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting in recognition for his performances conducting the Lancaster Festival Orchestra in William Bolcom’s music on the CD Ragomania with clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman on the Marquis Classics label. Gary Sheldon is former music director of the Marin Symphony in California, where he received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Marin Cultural Center and Museum. He has guest conducted major orchestras and ballet companies including the Alberta Ballet, BBC Symphony — London, Louisville Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Norwegian Ballet, St. Louis Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Utah Symphony. He is a native of Bay Shore, N.Y., and a graduate of the Juilliard School. 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, BalletMet, 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 Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, La Fille Mal Gardee, Romeo & 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. She designed Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker, seen recently at the Kennedy Center, and, in the past year, Michael Pink’s Peter Pan for Milwaukee Ballet, the re-creation of Dracula for the Ballet de Santiago and New York City Ballet’s Seven Deadly Sins, choreographed by Lynne 30 EncoreAtlantA.com

Taylor-Corbett and featuring Patti LuPone. Other credits include the costumes for “Festival of the Lion King” for the opening of Disney’s new theme park in Hong Kong, the musical Lyle for Charles Strouse, The Hartford Stage/ Old Globe Theatre’s production of Tintypes, Cleveland Playhouse’s “Tin Pan Alley Rag,” and the musicals Once On This Island for the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, and Hats!, which is currently touring the U.S. Judanna is a former dancer of San Francisco Opera Ballet and former resident costume designer at 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 sixth design, and he is always finding new ways to illustrate this wonderful story ballet. Peter 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 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 stage and gardening. Robert Hand, Jr. (Lighting Designer) is happy to be celebrating his 10th season with Atlanta Ballet. A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA), he has a BFA in Lighting Design. Since being with the ballet he has designed Ramblin Suite, Bachslide, Jupiter, Swan Lake, Snow White, Sinfonietta Giocosa, Inoui Rossini, Shoo Pah Minor, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Rite of Spring, Firebird and The Great Gatsby. He recently designed Coppelia for Milwaukee Ballet, and Peter Pan and Swan Lake for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He looks forward to many future artistic endeavors with this company.


bios ATLANTA BALLET ORCHESTRA 2011-2012 Season VIOLIN Lisa Morrison, Concertmaster Sally Wilson Martin, Assoc. Concertmaster Linda Pinner, Principal Second Adelaide Federici Keiko Furness Patti Gouvas Lee Nicholson Mayu Sommovigo Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Ying Zhuo VIOLA Joli Wu, Principal Amy Chang* Robert Rieve* Cheryl Saunders Kristeen Sorrells

FLUTE Jeanne Carere, Principal Kelly Via OBOE Diana Dunn, Principal (Acting) CLARINET Katherine White, Principal Greg Collins BASSOON Michael Muszynski, Principal Dan Worley HORN Julie Spencer, Principal Christopher Doemel Amy Trotz Kathy Wood-Zachmann

CELLO Charae Krueger, Principal Mary Kenney Elizabeth Murphy Alice Williams

TRUMPET Kevin Lyons, Principal John Morrison, Co-Principal Greg Holland

CONTRABASS Lyn DeRamus, Principal Christina Caterino

TROMBONE Robb Smith, Principal Mark McConnell Richard Brady

HARP Nella Rigell, Principal PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell * Leave of Absence 2011-2012

TUBA Donald Strand, Principal TIMPANI Scott Douglas, Principal PERCUSSION Michael Cebulski, Principal Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner

The Orchestral Musicians in this performance are members of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians, Local 148-462 of the American Federation of Musicians

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

John McFall, Artistic Director

ATLANTA BALLET CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Sharon Story, Dean Heather Conley, Cobb Centre Principal Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal Emily Cook Harrison, Centre for Dance Nutrition Tori Soles, Centre Administration Betsy Rothermel, Registrar/Summer Program Administrative Director Carla Cuba, Community Programs Director Ericka Goss, Education Associate FACULTY, ACCOMPANISTS AND RECEPTIONISTS: Principal Faculty: Armando Luna, Rosemary Miles Susan Beebe, Rebekah Bennett, Shirley Bennett, Aly Brock, Giselle Caban, Andrea Catchings, Harmony Clair, Heather Conley, Emily Cargill, Vershion Funderburk, Katherine Grant, Kate Gaul, Vanessa Gibson, Kara Gillcrist, Alera Harrison, Karen Harrison, Emily Cook Harrison, Sarah Hillmer, Tanika Holmes, Michelle Jericevich-Powell, Stephanie Johnson, Melissa Joy, Reiko Kimura, Caroline Laubacher, Dora Manela, Paige McFall, Margaret Shepherd McPherson, Orlando Molina, Idella Moore, Anwar Nasir, Troy Overton, Allyson Raymond, Terese Reynolds-Thomas, Jaime Robtison, Betsy Rothermel, Roscoe Sales, Tori Soles, Paulo Manso de Sousa, Melissa Stiers, Carol Szkutek, Theresa Schambach, Amber Thompson, Ericka Shannon-Vanhoosear, Erin-Elizabeth Watts, Martine Weber, Lloyd E. Whitmore, Sarah Noelle Williamson, Alan Brown, Tara Briner, Rick Reynolds, Julie Rice ARTISTIC Rosemary Miles, Dale Shields and Sharon Story, Ballet Mistresses

Arthur Jacobus, Executive Director

PRODUCTION John Beaulieu, Technical Director Amy Hand, Stage Manager/ Events & Rentals Coordinator Robert Hand, Jr., Lighting Director Bradley Renner, Company Manager COSTUMES Heidi Parikh, Wardrobe Supervisor Elena Rao, Costume Shop Director Oksana Shore, Lead Stitcher Jacob Bush, Shoe Coordinator TICKETING AND PATRON SERVICES Anwar Nasir, Associate Director of Patron Services Jarrett Milton, Group Sales Manager Kyle Andrich, Patron Services Associate FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Pam Whitacre, Chief Finance Officer Michele LeBlanc Boyd, Staff Accountant/ Human Resources Director Mary French, IT/Database Manager Ashley Reid, Executive Assistant Rebecca Renner, Office Manager MARKETING Tricia Ekholm, Marketing Director Erin Zellmer, Marketing Coordinator Sigele Winbush, Public Relations Associate Emily Khoo, Graphic Designer Katherine Hernandez, Marketing Assistant Brian Wallenberg, Social Media Coordinator DEVELOPMENT Lisa Dabney, Director of Development Alyson Brock, Institutional Giving Officer Dorie Wirtz, Events Manager Megan DeWitt, Development Associate

atlanta ballet board of tr ustees Allen W. Nelson, Chair David Crosland, Vice Chair Michael Jones, Vice Chair Elizabeth Adams, Vice Chair Bill Huber, Treasurer Margaret Carton, Secretary Trustees Emeriti Lynda B. Courts, Chair Emeritus Stanley Rose III Karen Vereb

RenĂŠ Bostic Ginny Brewer Kelly C. Cannon Merry L. Carlos Lynn Cochran-Schroder Lynda B. Courts Lavona S. Currie Alison Danaceau Cynthia Davison Sharyn Doanes- Bergin Mary Frances Garrett

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Karen Greager Joanne Chesler Gross Kenneth R. Hey Wade H. Hooper J. David Hopkins Sloan Kennedy-Smith Erica Lewis Glenn Mitchell Christine Murphy Forrest Robinson Kristine Robison

Laura Turner Seydel Amanda Shailendra Michelle Sullivan Perry Taylor Lizanne Thomas Juan Carlos Urdaneta Pam Wakefield Patti Wallace


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annual fund donors Listing reflects gifts made between November 1, 2010 to November 2, 2011.

Producer’s Circle ($100,000+) Anonymous Belk, Inc. Merry L. & Chris M. Carlos The Kendeda Fund The Rich Foundation, Inc. Ms. Patti E. Wallace Benefactor’s Circle ($50,000+) Anonymous Delta Airlines, Inc The Zeist Foundation, Inc. Choreographer’s Circle ($25,000+) Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Brewer Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Courts II The James M. Cox Foundation Georgia Council for the Arts Mr. and Mrs. James C. Kennedy National Endowment for the Arts Publix Super Markets Charities The Marcus Foundation, Inc. Director’s Circle ($10,000+) Mr. and Mrs. Howell E. Adams, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Artigas The Coca-Cola Foundation Matching Gifts Program Mrs. Lynn P. Cochran-Schroder Mrs. Lavona Currie Fulton County Arts Council Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation Holder Construction Company Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Holder Mr. Douglas Hopkins Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation Mr. Louis A. Peneguy, Jr. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Mr. William F. Snyder Principal ($5,000+) Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Howell E. Adams, III Ms. Rene Bostic City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Drs. Cynthia Crain and Dwight Lee Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Elster Foundation Fraser-Parker Foundation GE Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Gross Ms. Louise Staton Gunn Mrs. Ed Harris JBS Foundation John & Mary Franklin Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Knous Mr. and Mrs. Albert Longman Brad Middlebrook Ms. Christine Noguere and Mr. Phillip Pope Mr. and Mrs. William A. Parker Alicia and Corey Pinkston Delphine Podsiadlo John and Jan Portman Ryder Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford Seydel Lizanne Thomas Ms. Stephanie Wrightsman Soloist ($2,500+) Anonymous Barbara and Clinton Bastin Ms. Jan P. Beaves Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Cannon Mrs. Margaret F. Carton David and Michelle Crosland

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm P. Davison Mr. and Mrs. William D. deGolian Mr. Ralph G. Edwards, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Tom A. Garrett Genuine Parts Company Mrs. Carol M. Goldberg Steven and Caroline Harless Mr. Kenneth Hey and Mrs. Doris von Glahn Mr. J. David Hopkins Steffi and Bill Huber IBM Corporation Mr. Jeffrey M. Kamin Mrs. Sloan Kennedy and Mr. John Smith Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation Erica and Greg Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Paul P. Mattingly Karl and Judith Moor Ms. Elizabeth Morgan Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Christine Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Allen W. Nelson Mr. Tony Phillips Elizabeth B. Pritchett Mr. and Mrs. Forrest W. Robinson Regina J. Rogers Ms. Robin H. Sangston Sharon and David Schachter Mrs. Laura Turner Seydel Dr. and Mrs. Mark Silverstein Mr. and Mrs. Baker A. Smith Marianne Stribling Mr. and Mrs. James E. Stueve Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Sullivan Mr. Timothy Tew and Mr. Joseph Northington The Hellen Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Juan Carlos Urdaneta Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Wakefield Ms. Joni Winston Ensemble ($1,000+) Anonymous Teresa Amador American Endowment Foundation Banfi Vintners Foundation Bank of America Drs. John and Elise Beltrami Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett Mrs. George C. Blount, Jr. Lindsay and Evan Borenstein Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Bunnen Carl R. Griffith & Associates, LLC Warren Cato The Honorable Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Cohen James Davis Susan and George Dunn Echo Maintenance, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Howard F. Elkins Federated Department Stores Mr. Wayne Folberth Caroline M. Foster Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Gable Ms. Jocelyn C. Gaines Mary and Charles Ginden Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Goddard Ana and Steve Godwin Ellen Heard Bonnie and Terry Herron The Hooper Family Mr. and Mrs. Wade Hooper Laurie and John Hopkins Dr. Joyce Dillon Houser Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jones Katharine Kidd, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Marsha King Mr. and Mrs. John C. King

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Dr. Larry Kohse Ms. Linda Lively and Mr. James Hugh Joe M. Makilya Belinda and Gino Massafra Eduardo Leon Mejia Milner Document Products Mr. and Mrs. H. Lamar Mixson Dr. and Mrs. Chester W. Morse Doug and Dawn Mullins Jason and Lillian Nelson Mrs. Polly N. Pater Doug and Ginger (Brill) Pisik Margery and Dan Reason Fund Mary & E.P. Rogers Foundation Inc. Ms. Abbie R. Salt Eric Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shailendra Amy Shepard Ms. Sheila Skillman The Target Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Perry Taylor, Jr. Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation Time Warner Matching Grants Program Tolbert Yilmaz Manufacturing, Inc. BioSource Staffing Venture Oil & Gas, Inc. William A. and Judy M. Vogel Marilyn Webb William McDaniel Charitable Foundation Apprentice ($500+) Arnold And Associates Neal K. Aronson and Wendy Conrad AT&T Foundation Mary and Cliff Bonds Dr. Harold J. Brody Sara and Alex Brown Rosalyn Bush Chris and Sarah Canup Hugh W. Cheek Carol Comstock and James Davis Mrs. Rocio Covarrubias Ms. Susan Currie Mr. Richard Delay and Ms. Francine Dykes Richard and Sarah Draut Zeenat K. Edelmann Christopher and Sonnet Edmonds Margaret Goode Sharon Habibi Jefferey and Angela Haertel Mr. and Mrs. Warren Hamner Christopher Hampson Mr. Kyle Hanschke Gail and William Harvard The Rodney & Janika Haywood Family Virginia Hepner and Malcolm Barnes Jack and Michal Hart Hillman Walter and Eleanor Hodges Mrs. Tracey Hogan The Home Depot Foundation Jim and Mary Long Howard Elvira and Arthur Jacobus Marilyn Jentzen Michael Jeram Tom Jones Anna Kaiser Bob and Pat Lansdell Ms. Doreen M. Lewis Richard Lodise and Valerie Jagiella Paige and John McFall Erin McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Meany Donna and Dan Reed Dr. and Mrs. Robert Riesenberg Ms. Marion Seim Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shufeldt Ms. Anne M. Spratlin

Lisa R. Strauss SunTrust Bank Atlanta Elvira Tate Megan J. Thompson Irma J. Turnipseed Bruce and JoAnne Westbrook Fellowship ($250+) Mary Jo and Robert Allman Stephanie C. Anderson John Antrobus Gisella and Darrell Barnwell J. Edwards and Kimberly N. Bass Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Beem Rebecca Brown Harold and Beverly Carmody Joel and Laura Cheek Ms. Jean Clairmont Mr. John D. Clark David Cofrin and Christine Tryba-Cofrin Liz and Charlie Cohn Kathy and Sam Collura Robert Cook Ms. Dorothy Cook-Walter Karen Copenhaver Tamela Coval Mrs. Gina Maggi Crenshaw Ms. Ann Danuser Ms. Marisa D. Davies Laura and Dennis Donovan In honor of Lindsey Dunn The Elizondo Family Mr. David Ellwanger and Ms. Martha Wilson Marlene Exposito Cheryl H. Falkenstine Melanie and Peter Faser Tatianna Frangi Mrs. Susan Fleck Louise B. Franklin Lisa and Bill Frisby Terri and David Frolich Mr. Greg Frost Michael Gabriel Judy and Edward Garland Andrew and Natasha Gastley Conrad Gill Kathryn Guay and Tom Loisel Here to Serve Restaurants, Inc. Kerry Higgins Mr. Patrick C. Himes Houser Heating and AC Thomas Hudgins Sadie Huene Mr. Stephen Kalista Lee Kapner Mrs. Necia Kelleher LaVerne T. Kendall Daniel Kennedy Barbara Klein in honor of Alli & Tiffany Klein Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Klump Bob and Lynn Koch Ms. Olivia L. Lane Mr. Gary Ledbetter Allan and Vaneesa Little Eric and Michelle Lyons Drs. Leah and Donald Maddox Janet Mainor Ms. Anne S. Malacrea Ms. Suparna Malempati The Matacunas Kids William McClain Kelly McDowell Mr. and Mrs. Phillip S. McKinney Jean Miller Mr. Jeremy Million Ms. Jennifer Morgan Tom Morris and Gail McPhaul Nydia Murray Sarah Murray


donors Stephen and Michelle Noll Norfolk Southern Foundation Mrs. Deborah Overstreet Mr. and Mrs. James E. Payne Dr. Jesse R. Peel Dr. Jacqueline Pownall Dr. and Mrs. James E. Pruett Kathleen E. Prussner Joyce Reedy Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Paul Richard

Geoffrey Richardson Mr. Gregory and Dr. Jennifer Risinger Mrs. Charlotte Ros Terrell The Rowland Family Mr. Eugene Schmidt Shaw Law Firm Beverly and Milton Shlapak Harold and Toni Skipper Leonor Sola The Hill Family

Mr. Dante Stephensen Paul and DeeDee Stewart Dr. and Mrs. Michael Szikman Ms. Elaine Tarkenton Jasmin Theard Karen Colleen Thomas Ms. Ann Titelman The Turano Family Elizabeth Turner Michael S. Walsh

Alan and Marcia Watt Drs. Nancy and Evan Weisman Ms. Reba Welch Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilbert Ms. Linda Williams Mr. and Mrs. Brian Williamson Jennifer Winkler Luca S. Yearsovich Annie York-Trujillo Dennis and Ann Zvosec

Atlanta Ballet remains deeply grateful to the visionary donors listed below who have donated over $15 million towards our capital campaign. Listing reflects gifts and pledges received through November 2, 2011. Gifts of $1 million & above Anonymous Merry L. & Chris M. Carlos Michael C. & Thalia N. Carlos Foundation Mrs. Audrey B. Morgan Lettie Pate Evans Foundation Patti Eloise Wallace Gifts of $500,000+ Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Mrs. Laura Maddox Smith Gifts of $100,000+ Anonymous Elizabeth and Howell E. Adams III Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Brewer Mrs. Lynn P. Cochran-Schroder Mrs. Lavona Currie R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation Beth and Tommy Holder The Kendeda Fund John K. Palmisano and Stephen A. Williams III The Rich Foundation, Inc. SunTrust Bank Atlanta Foundation & SunTrust Affliliated Foundations Florence C. & Harry L. English Memorial Fund Walter H. & Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund Thomas Guy Woolford Charitable Trust Greene-Sawtell Foundation The Tull Charitable Foundation Gifts of $50,000+ Anonymous Madeline and Howell E. Adams, Jr. The James M. Cox Foundation Cynthia and Mike Davison Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Trust Kristy & Michael Robison Mr. and Mrs. Stanley H. Rose III Waffle House The Vasser Woolley Foundation David Helen and Marian Woodward Fund Gifts of $25,000+ Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Gross Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Christine Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Allen W. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Forrest W. Robinson The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc.

Mrs. Karen Vereb and Mr. Bud Blanton Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Wakefield Gifts of $10,000+ Cousins Foundation, Inc. David and Michelle Crosland Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Fulton County Arts Council Mr. and Mrs. Tom A. Garrett Georgia Commercial Realty Advisors, LLC Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. The Gingrich Foundation Kenneth R. Hey Lisa and Forrest Hibbard Sally and David Hopkins The Ichter Family Elvira and Arthur Jacobus Dick James and Rebecca S. Kelly Cindy and Mike Jones Beth Lanier and Phillip Theodore Paige and John McFall Mr. and Mrs. Allan Merrill Joseph Northington and Timothy Tew Sharon Story, Julien and Kim Kenney Mr. and Mrs. David T. Wolfe Gifts of $5,000+ Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet Ms. Rene Bostic Mr. Ralph G. Edwards, Jr. Virginia Hepner and Malcolm Barnes Melissa and Scott Hinchman and Family Steffi and Bill Huber David and Theresa Kazanowski Edward Krugman and Jill Pryor Ida A. Ryan Charitable Trust Dr. and Mrs. Mark Silverstein Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Stone Jane Smith Turner Foundation Gifts of $2,500+ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Cannon Carlton Fields Mrs. Margaret F. Carton Lisa Dabney and Paul Kersey Sloan Kennedy and John Smith Elizabeth B. Pritchett Karen and Jeff Shapiro Sharon and Howard L. Silvermintz Michelle and Steve Sullivan

Gifts of $1,000+ Drs. John and Elise Beltrami Dr. and Mrs. Currell V. Berry The Hooper Family Mrs. Jennifer Johnston Ken and Mara Knowles Lee and Trey Loughran Wendi and John McAfee Stephanie and Robert Myer Mr. Steven Russ and Ms. Katherine Brokaw Mr. and Mrs. Perry Taylor, Jr. Gifts of $500+ Louisa and Armando Basarrate Ms. Alyson Brock Ms. Kathleen Burch Mr. and Mrs. Paul P. Mattingly Lynn Waymer Dorie and Jody Wirtz Gifts up to $500 Josie A. Alexander Ms. Mary Bonds Katherine Branch-Browne Ms. Kathleen Burch Linda and Michael Diamond Lindsay and Thomas Enright Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Fishman Michael and Kristy Fortin Mr. and Mrs. Walter Isom Ms. Melanie Leeth Yuko Little Debia and Robert McCulloch Mr. and Mrs. H. McKee Nunnally Paul and Malissa O’Connor and Savannah, Bethany, and Paul III Jean and Kevin O’Halloran Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ritzenberg Ms. Robin H. Sangston Ms. Carolyn Sparks Jim and Rosie Stokes Alice and Chris Thacker Valerie and Jose Vargas

We apologize for any errors or omissions in this listing. Please email corrections to ldabney@atlantaballet.com.

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acknowledgements 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 Services, The Preferred Chauffeured Service of Atlanta Ballet Artmore Hotel ASV, Video Services 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 Makeup provided by MAKE UP FOR EVER Paul Dolan Vineyards PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Tax Accountants Showcase Photo & Video Solomon Says, Inc. Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits Wildwood Athletic Club 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.

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.

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 Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your ”Fabulous Fox“ evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org.

Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run.

The Box Office The Fox Theatre Box Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. 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. On event days, 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 800.745.3000, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office in person during regular Box Office hours. Group Sales The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 8812000 or email foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. Concessions Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. Restrooms Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. Gift Shop The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. 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 theatre. For more information on tours and to confirm the tour schedule, please call the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404.688.3353.

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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 Coordinator, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a brochure detailing all these programs for our patrons with special needs. This brochure is available at the Concierge Desk in the Arcade. 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. 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. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve 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 800.745.3000. 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. 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. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)


etiquette 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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STAFF

Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Pat “Sunshine” Tucker . . . . Director of Ticketing & Box Office Robert Burnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Rick Robbins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Oliver Diamantstein . . . . . Director of 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 Coordinator Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . Director of Group Sales, Education & Community Outreach Molly Fortune . . . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Rebecca J. Graham . . . . . . 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 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, Robert L. Foreman Jr., 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 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, DK-Dekalb, D–Downtown, DW-Dunwoody, IP–Inman Park, M­—Midtown, OFW–Old Fourth Ward, P–Perimeter Mall area, SS–Sandy Springs, VH–Virginia-Highland, NA­—North Atlanta, V—Vinings, W–Westside

American 5 Napkin Burger is a great neighborhood restaurant with a broad array of dishes including handcrafted sushi, salads and a full selection of entrees. Choose from 50 beers, 100 wines and 10 specialty cocktails. 990 Piedmont Ave NE, 404-685-0777, 5napkinburger.com. M Deckard’s Kitchen and Kegs a neighborhood American tavern with a New England twist. Serving simple craft cuisine, classic ingredients and an extensive, eclectic beer selection. 650 Ponce De Leon Ave., 404-941-3520, kitchenandkegs.com. M Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night til 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-841-2377, lenoxsquaregrill.com. B Livingston Restaurant and Bar It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in 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 fresco seating area, which 40 EncoreAtlantA.com

is available in warm weather. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404-897-5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St., 404-9617370, 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 The Melting Pot is the premiere fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and indulgent desserts. Four Atlanta locations, including 754 Peachtree St. NE, 404-389-0099, meltingpot. 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 Taco Mac Atlanta’s favorite family friendly sports restaurant and bar since 1979. Consistently voted best wings and beer selection, Taco Mac has


something for everyone. 25 metro Atlanta locations, including 933 Peachtree St. NE, blocks away from the Fox Theatre. 678-904-7211, tacomac.com. M

American/steakhouse Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, twourbanlicks.com. M Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steak house 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 and 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, 404365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Rd., 404255-0035; 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, 404-814-9640, centraarchy.com. B

American/southern South City Kitchen With a stylish, Southerncontemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Two locatons: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404873-7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., 770-435-0700, southcitykitchen.com. M, V Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures pure flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678-651-2770, ellishotel. com/terrace. D


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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 Bluepointe Serving modern American cuisine with a splash of Asian flavor, it features inventive menu items from the kitchen and Atlanta’s freshest sushi. Home to a hip bar, creative cocktails and half-priced happy hour on weekdays. 3455 Peachtree Rd., 404-237-9070, buckheadrestaurants.com. B

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. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-2640253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B 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., 404347-2220, tapat1180.com. M

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Corner Café Enjoy the rich aroma of Pano’s Reserve blend coffee paired with baked-on-site pastries, bread, cookies and special desserts from the European-style bakery. The café serves a variety of breakfast, brunch and lunch selections with daily specials. 3070 Piedmont Rd., 404240-1978, buckheadrestaurants.com. B

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


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european fusion 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 Top Flr This romantic two-story restaurant and bar features delicious bistro dishes, a wine list that rocks and wonderfully affordable prices. Monday Night Prix-Fixe three-course meal for $15. Located three blocks from the Fox Theater at 674 Myrtle St., 404685-3110. www.topflr.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. NE, 404-846-2000, h2sr.com. M

french Bistro Niko Voted as one of the Top 20 Restaurants by Esquire magazine, the modern French fare is authentic and simple, while being paired with an affordable priced wine list, exciting cocktails and extensive craft beer list. 3344 Peachtree Rd., 404-261-6456, buckheadrestaurants.com. B

italian La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of Virginia-Highland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria. com. VH Pricci is fun, stylish dining at its best. The contemporary Italian restaurant features an innovative menu which combines classic cuisine with modern flair. Join us every week for Jazzy Thursdays when bottles of wine are half-priced and live music sets the mood. 500 Pharr Rd., 404-237-2941, buckheadrestaurants.com.B

MEXICAN Cantina Tequila & Tapas Bar is located in the Terminus building on the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont roads. It features authentic Mexican cuisine and has become Buckhead’s newest watering hole. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, Terminus 100, Ste. 150, 404-892-9292, h2sr.com. B El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats 46 EncoreAtlantA.com

and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave.NE, 404-873-4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH Nava offers a Southwestern experience with flavorful cuisine, bold design and striking architecture. Don’t miss out every Wednesday for Party on the Patio with live music, $5 signature margaritas and appetizers. 3060 Peachtree Rd., 404-240-1984, buckheadrestaurants.com. B

seafood/sushi Atlanta Fish Market More than 100 varieties from the deep are flown in fresh and the menu is printed twice daily. With a comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere, it has something for everyone. 265 Pharr Rd. NE, 404-262-3165. B Coast Seafood and Raw Bar serves Atlanta’s freshest seafood and island cocktails. The menu incorporates classics including crab and corn hush puppies, a signature seafood boil, and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels; along with signature fresh catch entrees. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, 404-869-0777, h2sr.com. B 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

steak/sushi Kyma Fresh, healthy food, attentive Greek hospitality and festive atmosphere await you. Enjoy a contempoary seafood tavern that stays true to its Greek orginis while you gaze at the dazzling constellation displayed on the deep blue ceiling. 3085 Piedmont Rd., 404-262-0702, buckheadrestaurants.com. B Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, h2sr.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 Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404-385-2005, h2sr.com. M Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, h2sr.com. B


Fox fun facts: opening day

The Fox Theatre opened on a snowy December 25, 1929, and the crowd stretched around the block. Tickets for Opening Day shows cost between 15 and 75 cents. Here are some other fun facts:

“Peaches.” Other performers that night included a Japanese acrobatic trio (Kitaros), a comedy team (Davis and LaRue), a dance team (Ray Bradley and Evian), and a sister singing group (Jean and Jeanette).

Following the Walt Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie, the master of ceremonies, Don Wilkins, led the audience in a sing-along.

A Fox Movietone News clip was shown, followed by the feature film Salute.

Fanchon and Marco’s Sunkist Beauties performed “Beach Nights” with 12 local Atlanta girls called

At the end of each movie, bleached cornflakes fell like snowflakes from the ceiling.

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Iris Vining Wilkins played the Mighty Mo and Enrico Leide’s Fox Grand Orchestra played a rendition of “This Shrine of Beauty.”


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organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.

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By Beth D’Addono

f the sugar plum fairies were planning a holiday road trip, chocolate-covered Hershey, Penn., would be at the top of their list. The vision of chocolate mogul Milton S. Hershey, this picturesque town is heaven for chocoholics and the perfect place to shift your holiday spirit into overdrive. Here are six ways to get your ho-ho-ho going when you visit the self-proclaimed “Sweetest Place on Earth.” Visit EncoreAtlanta.com for more.

1. Light up your life

2. It’s a chocolate world To fine-tune your chocoholic ways, visit Hershey’s Chocolate World, a place to learn about the process of making chocolate and see a 3-D movie featuring Hershey’s product characters. There’s no additional admission to enter, but you can add on various activities to Hersheypark passes, including a chocolate tasting. 54 EncoreAtlantA.com

3. It’s Showtime!

Seven shows and entertainment options are planned this holiday including A Rockin’

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For kids of all ages, a visit to Hersheypark is always a fun idea, with its thrill rides, 11 roller coasters and live entertainment. But when the holidays roll around, Hersheypark really shines. Blame the 2 million-plus lights that turn the theme park into a mega-watt winter wonderland called Christmas Candylane, a 2.3-mile drive open from mid-November through the end of the year. There’s even a customized radio soundtrack to keep the beat while you ooh and aah over 600 themed light displays.


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Music Box Christmas; performances by Straight No Chaser, Celtic Thunder and Jim Brickman; and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. 4. Take a walk

The 23-acre Hershey Gardens are done up in holiday frippery, including floral “kissing balls” under many of the garden archways. 5. It’s a wonderful life Throughout the season, the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum runs the classic holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life at its indoor drive-in theater. You also can see Ernie’s taxi from the film, along with trees decorated for the period, pedal cars, vintage dolls and model train displays, including a Polar Express model train village. 6. Go wild

If you like to walk on the wild side, don’t miss a visit to ZooAmerica, an inviting little zoo at the rear of the park. What began in 1916 as the Hershey Zoo, with Hershey’s private animal collection, has evolved to include more than 200 animals from five regions of North America. While Hersheypark is open from May through December, the zoo is open year-round, with its own admission and an off-street entrance on Park Avenue. Beth D’Addono is a food and travel writer based in Belmont Hills, Penn. Read more at unchainedtravel.com or follow her on Twitter @bethdaddono.


Atlanta International School

from pre-k to college prep A guide to Atlanta’s private schools

By Danielle Deadwyler

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iving birth is hectic enough for neophyte parents. But just a few years later you have to start thinking about your child’s education. Are you in a good public school district? Can you afford to sell your house and move into a better district right now? Maybe private school will alleviate some of your fears … or deliver the arts and physical education programs that public schools have eliminated.

From the cradle to college

For parents who want congruity for their child, these schools offer 12 or more grade levels. Largely college prep-based 58 EncoreAtlantA.com

programs, some of which emphasize faith-based social responsibility, these schools aim to prepare children for the new challenges of our global economy. Atlanta: • Atlanta International School (K-12), aischool.org • Pace Academy (K-12), paceacademy.org • Paideia School (pre-K-12), paideiaschool.org • Holy Innocents’ School (pre-K-12), hies.org • Holy Spirit Preparatory School (pre-K-12), holyspiritprep.org • Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (pre-K-12), mountvernonschool.org

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Atlanta offers a monstrous amount of options, all of which offer low student-toteacher ratios as well as diverse learning environments and “unique” practices for holistic student development. So we thought we’d help you narrow your focus down to some of Atlanta’s leading prep schools. Although we’ve listed them by geography, you don’t have to live near a private school to attend it.


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• The Galloway School (pre-K-12), gallowayschool.org • The Howard School (K-12), howardschool.org • The Lovett School (K-12), lovett.org • The Westminster Schools of Atlanta (K-12) College Park: • Woodward Academy (K-12), woodward.edu Roswell/Alpharetta: • Eaton Academy (K-12), eatonacademy.org • Mill Springs Academy (1-12), millsprings.org • St. Francis School (pre-K-12), stfrancisschools.com Norcross: • Greater Atlanta Christian School (K-12), greateratlantachristian.org

The Howard School

Nontraditional

Atlanta: • Atlanta Girls’ School (6-12), atlantagirlsschool.org, (girls only) • Brandon Hall School (6-12), brandonhall. org (boys only/boarding is an option). • Cliff Valley School (pre-K-8), cliffvalleyschool.org (individualized instruction) Decatur: • Academe of the Oaks (9-12), academeatlanta.org (individualized instruction/college prep/Waldorf method) • The Waldorf School of Atlanta (pre-K-8), waldorfatlanta.org (individualized instruction/Waldorf method) Mabelton: • Cobb County Center for Excellence 60 EncoreAtlantA.com

Pace Academy

in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School (9-12), cccepa.com (a public magnet school with focus on performing arts, open to Cobb County residents, audition required) Roswell/Alpharetta: • Chrysalis Experiential Academy (6-12), chrysalisexp.org (experiential) • High Meadows School (pre-K-8), highmeadows.org (children grouped by ability, not numerical age)

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Parents with kids who might benefit from nontraditional educational settings can choose from single-sex schools, boarding schools and prep schools that emphasize the arts and sciences in ways that extend far beyond the classroom.


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These options include Catholic, Jewish, Quaker, Islamic and nondenominational Christian schools. Atlanta: • Christ the King School (K-8), christking.org (Catholic) • Marist School (7-12), marist.com (Catholic) • St. Jude the Apostle School (K-8), saintjude.net (Catholic) • St. Pius X Catholic High School (9-12), spx.org (Catholic) • Atlanta Academy (pre-K-8), atlantaacademy.com (Christian) • The Heiskell School (pre-K-8), heiskell.net (Christian) • Epstein School (pre-K-8), epsteinatlanta.org (Jewish) • Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy (pre-K-8), ghacademy.org (Jewish) • The Weber School (9-12), weberschool.org (Jewish) • Mohammed Schools of Atlanta (pre-K-12), mohammedschools.org (Islamic) Decatur: • St. Thomas More Catholic School (K62 EncoreAtlantA.com

8), stmga.org (Catholic) • The Friends School of Atlanta (pre-K-8), friendsschoolatlanta.org (Quaker) Hapeville: • St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (pre-K-8), sjecs.org (Catholic) Roswell/Alpharetta: • ILM Academy (pre-K-8), ilm-academy.com (Islamic)

Special needs

Children with learning disabilities like dyslexia, hearing or speech impediments or emotional issues may need environments that are supportive and understanding of their particular challenges. These schools also incorporate a certain level of empathy and therapy. Atlanta: • Cumberland Academy of GA (4-12), cumberlandacademy.org Roswell/Alpharetta: • The Cottage School (6-12), cottageschool.org • Porter Academy (pre-K-8), porteracademy.org • Swift School (1-7), swiftschool.com

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