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10 The Magic Touch
54 In the Giving Mood?
48 Fox Fun Facts
58 School’s in
How much do you know about the Fox’s 1929 grand opening celebration?
50 A Good Night’s Sleep
Stage sorcery sitrs the story in ballet’s 53rd Nutcracker
Getting your ZZZZs will ensure a cheerful holiday.
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38 Information 39 Staff/Etiquette 40 Dining Guide
The Performance 17 Program and Notes
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The magic touch
Stage sorcery stirs the story in Atlanta Ballet’s 53rd ‘Nutcracker’
agic comes naturally to The Nutcracker. The classic Tchaikovsky ballet, performed for more than half a century by Atlanta Ballet, features growing Christmas trees, armed rodents and sugar plum fairies. For the company’s 53rd production, Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall has decided to ramp up the stage sorcery with contributions from an old friend, illusionist Drew Thomas. The two first collaborated more than 20 years ago, when McFall was artistic director at Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio, and Thomas was a self-taught teenage magician fresh out of high school. Thomas had a charisma that belied his youth, McFall recalls. “He was so fascinating that I asked him to perform in the role of Drosselmeyer — not as a dancer, but because he had this innate ability to move.”
Thomas did several illusions in that production, including one involving a live duck that vanished, only to reappear under the grandmother’s skirts. One evening his feathered co-star ignored its usual cues. “The duck and I had a little nonverbal conversation, and it took off for the orchestra pit,” Thomas says, laughing. “There was an enormous laugh that you normally never hear at the ballet. At the end of the night, when the conductor took his bow, he came out with the duck under his arm.” Thomas played the enigmatic toymaker for Ballet Met for five seasons and in subsequent years became a professional touring illusionist, reaching the finals on one season of “America’s Got Talent.” McFall reached out to him earlier this year. Thomas agreed, and prepared by revisiting The Nutcracker’s source
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By Curt Holman
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me to find opportunities to include illusions, without seeming like it’s suddenly a circus or a goofy magic show. We want it to have a sublime introduction to the ballet.” McFall says Thomas, who’s based in Orlando, designed about half a dozen illusions for the production. The prologue in Drosselmeyer’s workshop features an unusual handkerchief, but otherwise, most of the illusions appear in the party scene. “There’s a very traditional part of the ballet in which the dolls are introduced, when Drosselmeyer shows off his creations at the party,” Thomas says. “Back when John and I first worked together, we saw an opportunity for the dolls to magically appear.” Thomas is particularly excited to revisit the same
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material. “I listened to the music, watched the DVD and found moments that seemed right for magic. In this case, there isn’t a magic catalog for me to draw on, so I looked at the ballet through the eyes of a magician.” As usual, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker will feature 21 company members dancing alongside more than 250 schoolchildren from the metro area, as well as contributions from the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Choir. Thomas finds that illusions suit perfectly the tone and energy of the ballet’s Christmas Eve gathering. “There’s so many people engaged in the festive atmosphere at the party scene. There are gifts being shared, electricity in the air. It’s very easy for
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ideas with the benefit of nearly two decades of professional experience. “I thought, ‘Oh boy, do I have a way of doing a sequel to what I did 18 years ago!’ ” Adding stage magic to an intricate ballet brings more challenges to an already huge production, McFall acknowledges. “We have four casts with four Drosselmeyers, so we have to provide each with the accouterments required. You have to do the mechanical things without losing sight of the choreography and all the other qualities of the production.” Thomas will not do the illusions personally this year, but don’t be surprised if he’s Drosselmeyer in a future Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker. “There is a potential for me to join the Atlanta Ballet onstage, and if so, the gloves will come off,” he says. If so, expect him to have some surprises up his sleeve – figuratively, if not literally.
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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. Illusions by Drew Thomas
Dorothy Moses Alexander, Founder
Robert Barnett, Artistic Director Emeritus
John McFall, Artistic Director
Arturo Jacobus, Executive Director
Gary Sheldon, Principal Guest Conductor Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
Snow Scene performance by Georgia Youth Choir ~music in ascendance~ Set Construction by Michael Hagen Additional costumes by Tamara Cobus, April McCoy, Elena Rao
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Atlanta ballet Rosemary Miles, Dale Shields, Sharon Story Ballet Mistresses THE COMPANY Alexandre Barros, Peng-Yu Chen, Christian Clark, Pedro Gamino, Heath Gill, Jonah Hooper, Yoomi Kim, Tara Lee, Nadia Mara, Jackie Nash, Brandon Nguyen, Thom Panto, Alessa Rogers, Claire Stallman, Benjamin Stone, Abigail Tan-Gamino, Jared Tan, Jesse Tyler, Rachel Van Buskirk, John Welker, Christine Winkler APPRENTICES Lisa Barrieau, Kiara Felder, Miguel Angel Montoya, Pablo Sanchez FELLOWSHIP STUDENTS* Francisco Aguilar, Samantha Barriento, Amber Bates, Marissa DeBenedictis, Kelsey Ebersold, Kalab Elmore, Nicole Jones, Xiwen Li, Fan Lin Meng, Erin McNeill, Kelly Prather, Philip Smith-Cobbs, Laura Van Kouwenberg, Caroline Vining, Sun Yujing *All student dancers courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Special thanks to Atlanta Chinese Dance Theatre under the direction of Ms. Hwee-Eng Y. Lee.
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. When Drosselmeyer arrives, he reveals his new creations. He gives young Marya a tutu, and she returns to the party transformed into a beautiful ballerina. Drosselmeyer produces two life-size dolls out of thin air who dance for the pleasure of Marya and the guests. Drosselmeyer then opens the door of a sentry post to reveal the Nutcracker, who begins dancing with Marya to the astonishment of the Petrov family and their friends. Nicholas, Marya’s envious and naughty brother, breaks the Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer endeavors to repair the Nutcracker, but it is Marya’s kiss that heals and transforms him into a full-size Nutcracker. As the evening nears its conclusion, Drosselmeyer weaves his magic and begins to take Marya on a surreal adventure. 18 EncoreAtlantA.com
Little mice are now scurrying around the dark rooms. Nicholas is roaming the house looking for mischief when Drosselmeyer startles him. Drosselmeyer then entices Nicholas to explore his magic satchel. 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 are 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 become reality. She ponders all the dreams yet to come true.
bios ATLANTA BALLET LEADERSHIP JOHN McFALL (Artistic Director) John studied dance with Ms. Tatiana Dokoudovska, who not only taught him the art of dance, but also inspired him to pursue an adventurous life in theater. At 16, he was contracted to dance at Starlight Theater, one of the showcase summer stock venues in the country. Following this, he performed with San Francisco Ballet for two decades, working with distinguished choreographers and touring the world. John became recognized as a choreographer himself and was commissioned to create premieres for a variety of companies, including San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and National Ballet of Canada. Mikhail Baryshnikov invited John to create two works for American Ballet Theater in which Mikhail also performed. In 1986, John received an invitation from Robert Barnett, Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet, to premiere a work titled Watchers. Eight years later, John would become artistic director. John has continued to contribute to the Atlanta Ballet repertoire with family classics such as Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Firebird, and Don Quixote. Notably, he has expanded the range of the repertoire with invitations to many of the world’s most provocative and imaginative choreographers. These individuals include Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, and Twyla Tharp. John is committed to continue to lead Atlanta Ballet into the future with innovative and extraordinary works. By commissioning brilliant choreographers and nurturing the development of new talent, he will ensure that for generations to come Atlanta Ballet will present evenings of dance that touch the soul and engage the imagination. Simply put, to INSPIRE. ARTURO JACOBUS (Executive Director) Arturo Jacobus enters his fourth season with 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 has also 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, CA; president of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY; and president of the Oakland Symphony in Oakland, CA. He holds master’s degrees in Business Administration, Arts Administration, and Human Resources Management, and he has completed management programs at the 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, Dance/USA, and the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Prior to his career as an arts executive, Jacobus served for 20 years as a bandmaster for the United States Navy, leading ensembles in Villefranche, France; Gaeta and Naples, Italy; and San Francisco, Calif. While stationed in Naples as leader of the U.S. Navy Band, under the Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CincSouth), Jacobus founded a fiftymember NATO ensemble of service musicians from the Army, Navy, and Air Force of Italy, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Jacobus toured Europe with his NATO Band performing concerts, variety shows, and military ceremonies on behalf of CincSouth and NATO. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 19
bios SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education, Ballet Mistress) Sharon Story is in her 18th 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 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. ROSEMARY MILES (Ballet Mistress) Rosemary Miles is in her 17th season with Atlanta Ballet. One of eight children of an English brigadier general, Rosemary 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 17 years. Rosemary is the proud aunt of 22 nieces and nephews and 28 grandnieces and grandnephews. 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, she 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. 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 well-known 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 Centre for Dance Education’s Summer Intensive Program. 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. 20 EncoreAtlantA.com
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Alexandre Barros (debut season), a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, received his training from Escola de Dancas Alice Arja and Escola Estadual de Dancas Maria Olenewa. At the age of 15, he came to the United States to study with the Harid Conservatory. After graduating from Harid, he joined Atlanta Ballet in 2011 as a fellowship dancer, where he has performed works by choreographers James Kudelka, Juel Lane, Christopher Wheeldon, Bruce Wells, and Tara Lee. Alexandre would like to thank his family, friends, and the instructors at Harid for all their support and love. He is thrilled to be a part of the Company and is looking forward to a long and fruitful career. Peng-Yu Chen (sixth 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 Kevin Wynn Collection and in Metropolitan Opera Ballet’s production of Doug Varone’s The Rite of Spring. 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 was featured in Stallings’ 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. Dance Magazine named Peng as one of the “25 to Watch” in 2007, and she thanks her family and friends for all the support and love. Sponsored by Corps de Ballet. Christian Clark (eleventh season), an Atlanta native, began his training at age 8 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 Romeo in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet. Christian was 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 Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, his family, and his lovely wife, Naomi-Jane, for their support. Sponsored by Christine Noguere and Phillip Pope. Pedro Gamino (third season), a San Francisco native, began his training with the Academy of Ballet, the School of the Arts High School San Francisco, and the School of American Ballet. Pedro returned to San Francisco to begin his career with the Smuin Ballet, where he worked with choreographers Michael Smuin and Amy Seiwert. He then enjoyed a stint at Dayton Ballet, where he worked with choreographers Septime Webre and Stephen Mills. Eager to get back to the East Coast, he accepted an opportunity to dance with American Repertory Ballet (ARB) in New Jersey. During his four seasons with ARB, he danced ballets and world premieres by Val Caniparoli, Lisa de Ribere, Twyla Tharp, Susan Shields, and Graham Lustig, among others. Pedro joined Atlanta Ballet with wife Abigail Tan and brother-in-law Jared Tan. Since dancing with Atlanta Ballet, he’s danced ballets by Jorma Elo, James Kudelka, Helen Pickett, and John McFall. Pedro is also a former Mexican folk and tap dancer, a former soccer and baseball player, 22 EncoreAtlantA.com
bios 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 (third season), a native of Illinois, began his dance training at age 4 with jazz, tap, and gymnastics. 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. At age 18, he moved to Atlanta to train and perform with Atlanta Ballet. In Atlanta, he has had the pleasure of working with choreographers 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. Jonah Hooper (fourteenth season), was born in Atlanta and raised in Blue Ridge, where he discovered dance at age 12. He studied with the Gainesville Ballet during high school and was an apprentice with the Louisville Ballet before returning to Atlanta in 1997. With Atlanta Ballet, Mr. Hooper has had many lead and character roles. 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. He was featured in Jorden Morris’s Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet as Zidler and John McFall’s Don Quixote as Gamache. Most recently he has worked with Helen Pickett in Petal and Prayer of Touch and Gina Patterson in Quietly Walking. Mr. Hooper has also shared his passion for dance by collaborating with John Welker’s Wabi Sabi as a choreographer and photographer. Jonah recently graduated from Georgia State University and lives in Decatur with his wife and two children. He would like to thank his wife and family for their love and support. Yoomi Kim (fourth season), a native of South Korea, Yoomi trained at the Korea National Ballet Academy; the Seoul Arts High School, graduating summa cum laude; and Ewha Women’s University, where she earned a master’s in Dance Arts. Yoomi received first prize in the 30th Dance Association of Korea National Ballet Competition and performed Sleeping Beauty at the International Performing Arts Festival in Japan. Since moving to the U.S. in 2006, Yoomi has performed works by John McFall, Twyla Tharp, Amy Seiwert, James Kudelka, and Christopher Wheeldon. She performed in the North West Dance Project in 2010 and Wabi Sabi in 2012. Yoomi was invited to perform Esmerelda and Helen Pickett’s Petal at the Korea World Ballet Dance Star Festival in 2011. Tara Lee (seventeenth season) grew up in Connecticut, where she trained with Donna Bonasera of Connecticut Dance Theatre. After dancing with Joffrey II, she became a member of Atlanta Ballet in 1995. Tara was a guest artist with New Orleans Ballet Theatre and joined Vancouver’s Ballet British Columbia in 2006, where she performed work by John Alleyne, Crystal Pite, Paul Taylor, and Martha Graham. Last season, she danced for Wayne McGregor, Twyla Tharp, James Kudelka, Jorma Elo, and Helen Pickett. Principal roles include those in McFall’s Swan Lake and Firebird, Welch’s Madame Butterfly, Stevenson’s Cinderella and Three Preludes, Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Dracula, Morris’ Moulin Rouge®The Ballet, Godden’s The Magic Flute, Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Stallings’ big, and Hampson’s Rite of Spring. Tara choreographed three works for Atlanta Ballet, most recently Pavo, which premiered in May
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bios 2012. Her work has been performed by Wabi Sabi, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, and Emory Dance Company. Sponsored by Lynn Cochran Schroder. Nadia Mara (seventh season) born in Montevideo, Uruguay, trained at the National School of Ballet in her country, where she graduated as the best dancer in school and was awarded the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal by Argentine ballet critic Honorio Destaville. In the U.S., Nadia started dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre. At Atlanta Ballet, she performed the lead in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Pamina in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, and principal roles in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet and James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons. She was also featured in Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, and Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden. Nadia wants to thank her beloved mother for giving her courage, strength, support, and, most of all, love during all these years. Sponsored by Amy and Allen Nelson. Jackie Nash (second season), a native of Connecticut, started her ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and academic residency program at the Rock School for Dance Education, graduating in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She has enjoyed dancing as Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and performing works by Christopher Wheeldon and Val Caniparoli. She has also worked with choreographers like James Kudelka for The Man in Black, Twyla Tharp for The Princess and the Goblin, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash, and Tara Lee for Pavo. Jackie thanks her loving parents and amazing sister for their endless support and encouragement. Brandon Nguyen (second 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 at Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, performing solo and principal roles with Houston Ballet II. He received his first job with Orlando Ballet under the 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 thanks his parents; Atlanta Ballet for being so welcoming; and his past, present, and future teachers. Thom Panto (third season), an Atlanta native, started dancing at age 11 and began his training with the New Mexico Ballet Company under the direction of Patricia Dickinson. After studying and training all over the U.S., 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, Thom has danced in John McFall’s Jupiter, Tealia, and Firebird. He has also performed the role of Snow King in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and roles in Christopher Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa, Helen Pickett’s Petal, and Ben Stevenson’s Three Preludes. Highlights from last season included performing in Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden and dancing the role of Principal Couple in Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Thom would like to thank his family and friends
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bios for their love and support and looks forward to a long and exciting career with Atlanta Ballet. Alessa Rogers (fifth season) began her dance training with Daphne Kendall and later graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She spent one season with North Carolina Dance Theatre II before joining Atlanta Ballet. Last season, she performed works by Jorma Elo, Wayne McGregor, Helen Pickett, and Tara Lee, as well as the role of Princess Irene in the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin. She was recently a guest artist with the National Choreographers Initiative in California. Alessa likes vegetables and the color yellow. Sponsored by Lucy, Charlotte, and Ginny Brewer. Claire Stallman (second season) began dancing at age 4 in her hometown of Saratoga, Calif. She studied with Karen Millar before joining San Francisco Ballet School and spent summers training at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Claire was a Company member with Pacific Northwest Ballet for two years and Boston Ballet for three years. Her most memorable performances have included a role in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun; the first movement lead in Balanchine’s Western Symphony; a role in Benjamin Millepied’s Three Movements; and the pas de deux in Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, which she performed this past season with Atlanta Ballet. Claire enjoys rock climbing with her siblings, spending time with her sister and cousins here in Georgia, and volunteering with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is also pursuing a degree in mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology. Benjamin Stone (debut season) began dancing in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia under the guidance of Tim Podesta. In 2008, at age 16, Ben advanced into the Australian Ballet School after winning the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald Ballet Scholarship. Ben studied under Mark Annear, Dale Baker, Simon Dowe, and Jia Hong Wang and graduated in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance. Ben danced and toured with Australian Ballet, appearing as Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote. Ben made his Atlanta Ballet debut last winter as Prince Charming in Bruce Wells’ Snow White and was last seen in Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Ben thanks his parents and grandparents, as well as those involved in Atlanta Ballet for their encouragement and support. Abigail Tan-Gamino (third season) was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She started to dance professionally with Philippine Ballet Theatre (PBT) at age 14. With PBT, she danced lead roles in Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Madame Butterfly, La Bayadère, Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Serenade, and Concerto Barocco. In 2009, she danced with American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig. After one season, she was blessed to dance with Atlanta Ballet, where she performed works by Twyla Tharp, John McFall, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett, Gina Patterson, Amy Seiwart, Juel Lane, Jorden Morris, and Christopher Wheeldon. She graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from Angelicum College. She recently married fellow artist Pedro, and together they have a four-legged daughter named Hazel. Jared Tan (third season) was born in the Philippines and started dancing at age 9 with Philippine Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gener Caringal. He trained for more than 14 years under Russian Ballet Master Anatoly Panasyukov and distinguished visiting Ballet Masters Robert Barnett, Graham Lustig, Batt Abbit, Stefan Hoff, Ida Beltran-Lucila, Nonoy Froilan, Maiqui Mañosa, Edna Vida, and Stanley Canete. In 2009, he joined American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under
bios the direction of Graham Lustig, where he danced Prince in Nutcracker, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and roles in Rhapsodia and Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen. Jared loves to take pictures and play guitar, basketball, and video games. He thanks his family and friends for their continued love and support. He is so thankful to be a part of Atlanta Ballet. Jesse Tyler (fifth season) began his training at The School of the North Carolina Dance Theatre at age 9 under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 2003, he joined North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice and was promoted to the Company in 2004, where he worked with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden, and Mark Diamond. Since 2006, he performed as a guest artist with many companies in the southeast, including The Florida Ballet. With Atlanta Ballet, he has danced works by John McFall and Lauri Stallings. When not dancing, he spends his time as the singer and guitar player for his band The Neighbors. Sponsored by Amy Nelson and Lynn Cochran Schroder. Rachel Van Buskirk (sixth season), a native of Vancouver, trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. With Atlanta Ballet, Rachel performed in Dracula, Madame Butterfly, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Great Gatsby, and big. She was featured in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Moulin Rouge®- The Ballet, and Don Quixote. Last season, Rachel danced the roles of Autumn in James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons and Sugar Plum Fairy in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. She was also involved in the creation of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and The Goblin, and Juel Lane’s Moments of Dis. Rachel also performed works by Twyla Tharp, James Kudelka, Helen Pickett, George Balanchine, Lauri Stallings, Val Caniparoli, Victor Quijada, Christopher Wheeldon, Michael Pink, and Lila York. A recent highlight for her was working with former Atlanta Ballet dancer Nathan Griswold on a premiere 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. John Welker (eighteenth season) trained at BalletMet Dance Academy, the School of American Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, and Point Park Conservatory. John’s classical roles with Atlanta Ballet include Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund in Sleeping Beauty, Albrect in Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote, Cavalier in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. More contemporary dance roles include Dracula in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Principal Male in John McFall’s Firebird, Principal Male in James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, Pinkerton in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, Don Jose in Septime Webre’s Carmen, Principal Male in Peter Martin’s Ash, Peter Pan in John McFall’s Peter Pan, and solo work in David Parsons’ Caught. John has worked with such choreographers as Christopher Hampson, Victor Quijada, Lila York, James Kudelka, Helen Pickett, Val Caniparoli, Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, and John McFall. For the past five years, John has served as co-director of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Professional Division Summer Intensive Program. He is a Dance Major in Kennesaw State University and looks to pursue a graduate degree in Arts Administration. John thanks his wife, fellow artist Christine Winkler, for her support, encouragement, and love. Sponsored by Lynda Courts. CHRISTINE WINKLER (eighteenth season), a California native, trained with Barbara Crockett and furthered her studies with the San Francisco Ballet School. She then joined Ballet West, where she met husband John Welker. Memorable highlights since joining Atlanta Ballet in 1995 include
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bios Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, 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, Queen of the Night in Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute, Cio Cio San in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, and Daisy in John McFall and Lauri Stallings’ The Great Gatsby. Christine has worked with choreographers Christopher Hampson, Lila York, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, Darrell Moultrie, Gina Patterson, Jorden Morris, Helen Pickett, and Juel Lane. Last season, she was featured in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin and Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden. Guest appearances include American Repertory Ensemble, Maximum Dance, Chamber Dance Project, and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. For six years, Christine has served as co-director of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Professional Division Summer Intensive Program. Christine thanks her husband and family for their continued love and support. Sponsored by Merry and Chris Carlos.
Apprentices 2012-2013 season Lisa Barrieau, a native of Milwaukee, started dancing at age 4 and trained with New Haven Ballet School, and her studies included 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. While there, she danced in Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 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 as Lustful Virgin in Agnes De Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil and Zulme in Giselle. She has danced works by Alvin Ailey, Kee-Juan Han, Jose Limón, Trey McIntyre, Adam Miller, Pilobolus, and Chet Walker. With Atlanta Ballet, she performed in James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, and Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin. Lisa thanks her family for all of their love and support. KIARA FELDER began her ballet training at age 6 in Cary, N.C. at Cary Ballet Conservatory. She spent summers training at Boston Ballet, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Kiara continued her training as a Professional Division student at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She performed in the corps of George Balanchine’s Le Baiser de la Fée and Coppélia, and in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. Outside of ballet, she enjoys music and arts and crafts. Kiara thanks her parents, sisters, and all of her friends for their support and looks forward to her first season with Atlanta Ballet. 28 EncoreAtlantA.com
MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA was born in Cali, Colombia, where he began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet, Incoballet. In 2008, Miguel relocated to Philadelphia to attend the Rock School. In 2010, Miguel competed in the IBC Jackson International Ballet Competition and progressed to the 2nd Round Semi-Final and made it to the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) New York finals. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Miguel danced with Incolballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martinez, appearing as the Slave in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote. Last season Miguel worked with Twyla Tharp and originated roles in The Princess and the Goblin. Miguel also danced in Juel Lane’s Moments of Dis and was a featured dancer in Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Miguel thanks Atlanta Ballet for their graciousness and support. PABLO SANCHEZ was born in Puebla, Mexico. After moving to the U.S. he began training with Amy Rose, and studied at the Boston Ballet School. He continued his training at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and graduated in 2010 with a BS in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Communications and Culture. At IU, he danced leading roles in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Matthew Neenan, Twyla Tharp, and Violette Verdy. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Pablo performed with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago as a trainee. He made his Atlanta Ballet debut as a featured dancer in Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden. He has since danced in James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons and The Man in Black and Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Pablo looks forward to another incredible season with Atlanta Ballet and thanks his family for their wonderful support.
bios Artistic and Production Team
ROBERT HAND, JR. (Lighting Designer) is happy to celebrate his 11th season with Atlanta Ballet. A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, he has a BFA in Lighting Design. Since being with Atlanta Ballet, he has designed Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and many of John McFall’s full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella, and The Great Gatsby. He has also designed many repertory pieces for the Company, including Ramblin’ Suite, Bachslide, Jupiter, Sinfonietta Giocosa, Inoui Rossini, Boiling Point, Shoo Pah Minor, Rite of Spring, Quietly Walking, Home in 7, Prayer of Touch, Firebird, and Pavo. He recently designed Coppélia for Milwaukee Ballet and Peter Pan and Swan Lake for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He looks forward to many future artistic endeavors with Atlanta Ballet.
Gardée, 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; Peter Pan for Michael Pink and the Milwaukee Ballet; and Seven Deadly Sins for New York City Ballet. Internationally, she has designed for Ballet de Santiago, and the Bulgarian National Ballet. Other credits include the costumes for “Festival of the Lion King” at the opening of Disney’s 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 Once On This Island for the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. She is currently designing a new Nutcracker for Ballet Austin.
PETER HORNE (Set Designer) considers Nutcracker his favorite classic of the ballet repertoire. This is his 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 and production and technical director for Houston Grand Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Glyndebourne Festival in England, Peter retired to the south coast of England near Rye, where he will focus on painting, designing for stage, and gardening.
GARY SHELDON (Principal Guest Conductor) was recently appointed principal guest conductor for Atlanta Ballet. In this, his third season with the Company, he returns to conduct Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and Dracula. His distinguished career has included positions with San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Met, and Miami City Ballet, where he currently serves as principal conductor. He has guest conducted for Alberta Ballet, Delta Festival Ballet, Hartford Ballet, New Orleans Ballet, and the Norwegian Ballet in Oslo. Maestro Sheldon recently won the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting for recordings with Lancaster Festival Orchestra at the Lancaster Festival in Ohio, where he is artistic director. He is also principal conductor at the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho. He has held conducting positions with the New Orleans Symphony, Spoleto Festival, Syracuse Opera Theatre, and Marin Symphony in California, where he served as music director and, in 1996, won the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Marin Cultural Center and Museum. 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 U.S., 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 Company, Louisville Ballet, and the Washington Ballet. Among the many ballets she designed for Atlanta Ballet are the current Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, La Fille Mal
DREW THOMAS (Magic Creator & Consultant) practices a unique and original school of illusion. By using ordinary objects everyone can relate to, he changes our preconceptions towards “magic.” No smoke, mirrors, or exotic animals. Instead, Drew relies on his arsenal of spray paint, metal, gears, wood, and power tools. His appearances as a finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” television’s number one-rated summer show, have exposed greater
bios and greater audiences to a powerful new brand of magic and theatrical experience: A high-energy production shaped and perfected through more than 6000 live performances. Drew Thomas has been materializing fans for his unique brand of magic and illusion for more than a decade. Today, his act can incorporate hundreds of thousands of dollars in production, illusions, and special effects, such as the Broadway-caliber production, “Now You See It,” staged on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas - the largest and number one-rated cruise ship in the world. He’s created themed
shows, such as the hugely popular “Carnival of Carnage” for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, and showcased new shows for Six Flags and Sea World, accounting for 500 performances annually for nearly a decade. Drew Thomas’ clever use of theatrics, music, and magic combine into the perfect blend of full-throttle entertainment to engage today’s hyper audiences. One of his favorite responses to his show is: “I’m not usually a magic fan, but I love what you do.” The legion of converts to Thomas’ innovative spin on the world of illusion is growing … just like magic.
ATLANTA BALLET ORCHESTRA 2012-2013 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
HARP Nella Rigell, Principal
VIOLA Joli Wu, Principal Amy Chang Kristeen Sorrells
CLARINET Katherine White, Principal Greg Collins
CELLO Charae Krueger, Principal Mary Kenney Elizabeth Murphy Alice Williams CONTRABASS Lyn DeRamus, Principal Christina Caterino
TRUMPET Kevin Lyons, Principal John Morrison, Co-Principal Greg Holland
PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell
TROMBONE Robb Smith, Principal Mark McConnell Richard Brady
FLUTE Jeanne Carere, Principal Kelly Via OBOE Erica Howard, Principal Diana Dunn
TUBA Donald Strand, Principal TIMPANI Scott Douglas, Principal
BASSOON Michael Muszynski, Principal Dan Worley
PERCUSSION Michael Cebulski, Principal Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner
HORN Jason Eklund, Principal Christopher Doemel Amy Trotz Kathy Wood-Zachmann*
* Leave of Absence 2012-2013 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 Ad m i n i s t r at i o n
John McFall, Artistic Director ARTISTIC Rosemary Miles, Dale Shields and Sharon Story, Ballet Mistresses
Arturo Jacobus, Executive Director
Accompanists Harum Black, Tara Briner, Alan Brown, Rick Reynolds, Ronald Ray, Rick Reynolds, Julia Rice, Kyla Zollitch
ATLANTA BALLET CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION John McFall, Director Sharon Story, Dean Betsy Rothermel, Centre Admissions Director Tori Soles, Centre Administrator Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal Heather Conley, Cobb Centre Principal Nicole Kedaroe, Centre Education Associate/Adult Division Coordinator Vershion Funderburk, Education Associate/Kids In Step Coordinator Karen Harrison, Buckhead Education Associate Idella Moore, Cobb Education Associate Emily Cook Harrison, MS, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionist, Centre for Dance Nutrition Education Associates: Karen Harrison, Buckhead Education Associate Idella Moore, Cobb Education Associate Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre Education Associates: Kelly Cooper, Julien Kenney, Natasha Nunamaker, Savanah Oâ€™Conner, Pablo Sanchez FACULTY AND ACCOMPANISTS: Principal Faculty: Rosemary Miles and Armando Luna Faculty: Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt, Jabari Ashe, Susan Beebe, Rebekah Bennett, Shirley Bennett, Christina Bermudez, Anna Galt-Bragg, Georne Burrell, Giselle Caban-Gilmore, Emily Christensen, Harmony Clair, Naomi Clark, Heather Conley, Esther Darden, Lonnie Davis, Daphne Davis, Marissa DeBenidictis, Rebekah Diaddigo, Samba Diallo, Mary Linn Durbin, Vershion Funderburk, David Gant, Katherine Gant, Kate Gaul, Vanessa Gibson, Martha Goodman, Ray Hall, Alera Harrison, Emily Cook Harrison, Sarah Hillmer, Nathan Hites, Maria Hooper, Michelle Jericevich, Stephanie Johnson, Melissa Joy, Nicole Kedaroe, Dora Manela, Paulo Manso de Sousa, Margaret McPherson, Orlando Molina, Anwar Nasir, Troy Overton, Erin Rauch, Terese Reynolds-Thomas, Jamie Robitson, Betsy Rothermel, Jay Sadeckas, Roscoe Sales, Caroline Simpkins, Tori Soles, Melissa Stiers, Carol Szkutek, Erin-Elizabeth Watts, Martine Weber, Christine Weimer, Alexis Whitehead, Sarah Noelle Williamson, Christine Winkler, Cathy Wolfe
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at l a n ta b a l l e t b o a r d o f t r u s t e e s Allen W. Nelson, Chair Elizabeth Adams, Vice Chair David Crosland, Vice Chair Michael Jones, Vice Chair Bill Huber, Treasurer Sue Gibbs, Asst. Treasurer Margaret Carton, Secretary Trustees Emeriti Lynda B. Courts, Chair Emeritus Lavona S. Currie
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Lisa and Raven Carter Kevin Cher Ms. Rachel Chmiel Mrs. Dee Ann Cobb Mr. J R. Coleman Mr. T. Patrick Coleman Charlynn Collins Mr. and Mrs. William Cook Mr. and Mrs. Jerome M Cooper Linda and Dean Copeland Ben Corley Ms. Donna Court Ms. Rebecca Crymes Donna Culver Artur Czynczyk Ms. Natalie Davis Ms. Virginia H. Davison Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Dawson Mr. and Mrs. Kirtland A. Decherd Laura Defilippo Pat Del Rey Mr. and Mr. Philip Delanty Mr. and Mrs. John Devendorf Latesha M. Dixon Gregory and Staci Dortch Frances W. DuBose Mr. William Dyke Elaine Eaton Ms. Sigrid A. Economou and Ms. Alexis Pike Mrs. Merrill B. Ellis Mr. James English Dr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Evatt Dr. Lynn E. Ezell Ramona Fahey The Fallon Family Ms. Qiu Fang and Mr. Aonan Zhang Ms. Pamela Fetters Nancy and Jim Fields Ms. Martha Fineman Ms. Lori Finger Mr. and Mrs. Ken Fisher Dr. and Mrs. Alan B Fishman Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fritchman Mr. and Mrs. James Gaffney Monica Gaughan Linda Givens Young Green Mr. Gary Greenwald and Ms. Mary Jane Avans Andrew H. Gregory Ms. Dixie Griffin Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Floyd C. Hale Mr. Richard L. Hall Angelle and Art Hamilton Ms. Maria Harper Mr. Matthew Harper Steven Haubrich Steve, Susan and Grace Hauser Anonymous Mrs. and Mr. Brooke S. Hempell Rebecca J. Henry The Family of Charlotte Hermann Clay and Marcy Herron Dr. Amanda Hess Lisa and Forrest Hibbard Ms. Sarah Hill Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hill Mr. and Mrs. Harris D Hobby Chris Hoffman Melissa T. Holland RoseAnne Hopkins Dr. Karen Olsen Howard Thomas Hudgins Noel Huebner Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hughes Mr. Ben Hunter Anonymous
Anthony Jackson Maribeth and Woody Jameson Stephanie Johnson Michael Joiner Dr. and Mrs. G. R. Jones Jeanne Jones Mr. Charles and Ms. Cathy Joyner Ms. Barbara Julyan Megan Kates Betsy King Adam Kintner Kevin B Kitchens Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. Knouse Mike and Dotti Lackey Mary J. Lanford Steven and Leigh Anna Lang Margaret and Jack Langford Mrs. Emma G. Lankford John Lavier Elita P. Lerner Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Liebman Mr. and Mrs. Walt Linscott Mr. Brian Love Bill and Carolyn Luesing Ms. Pamela Malinzak Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Mann Gacia Mardirian Mr. and Mrs. Fred Martich Mr. and Mrs. Albert Marx J.F. Marx Marcy Massengale Dr. Joe B. Massey Ms. Linda Mauldin Mr. Russ Maxa and Ms. Laura Drohan Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. McBrayer Mr. and Ms. Charlie McCullers Debia and Robert McCulloch Danielle McFarland Jennifer and Virginia McGuffey Mr. and Mrs. Terry M. McLeod The McMichen Family Ms. Judy McNeight Tracy and Allan Merrill Maureen Metcalfe Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Sandy Miller Mr. Jeremy Million Carole and Robert Minor Jennifer & George Mirgorod Ms. Susan Morton The Mullins Family Ms. Lynda Murren Ms. Mary E. Nakashige Nancy Nethery Derick Newton of Edward Jones Investments Sally Nicholls Ms. Jennifer Nichols Mr. Hyun Park Mr. and Mrs. James H. Parker, Jr. Michael Parrish Dr. Jesse R. Peel Mr. Michael Pennock and Ms. Constance Van Blarcum Ms. Tracy S Perkins Jayne Petrak Mr. and Mrs. Victor Petralia Barbara A. Petty Dr. Lynley D. Phillips Karl and Barbara Piecleck Victoria Pilcher Hurst Krista Prall The Probst Family Dr. James & Carol Pruett Mrs. Sharon Putnam Anonymous Catherine Rakestraw Ms. Vilma Ramirez Ms. Leanne Ramsey
Ms. Sandra Reilly The Reilly Family Ashlee Rood Mrs. Charlotte Ros Terrell Ms. Lisa Rosenbaum Dr. Joel A. Rosenfeld Mr. Christopher Sadlack Ms. Tali Sapp Dr. and Mrs. Rein Saral Ms. Clarelle R. Sauls Ms. Marion Seim Janet Seligson Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Setzer Bengu Sezer Ms. Kathleen A. Sheehan Daniel Shelander Thomas C. Shelton, Sr. Showcase Inc. Mrs. Suzanne Shull Marci and Jeremy Silverman Sharon and Howard Silvermintz David Singleton Ms. Amye Slate Deborah W. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. Smith, Jr. Angela and Paul Smith Mr. and Mrs. David A. Smyth Mrs. Kathryn B. Snow Edgar Snow South Street and Vine, LLC Mr. Rick A. Sponholz Dr. Susan Y. Stevens and Mr. Stan N. Collins Dr. Sandra J. Still and Ms. Emily E. Katt Reverend Karl F. Suhr Mr. and Ms. John J. Sullivan Ms. Julianna Sunrich Sally Swanger Janet Tanksley David Tatum Taverna Fiorentina Stephen M. Taylor Jasmin Theard Anonymous Rosemary Trudeau Geri E. Turner Turner Foundation, Inc Ms. Blanca Underwood Shereen Van Houten BioSource Staffing Martha C. Vawter Dr. William Walker Doraina Williams Chance Weaver Sherry Weeks Ms. Kathryn J. Weiss Cortisio, LLC Ms. Charlotte Wilen Todd and Jenny Williams Mr. and Mrs. Neal L. Williams Michelle & Tori Williams Rev. Andy Witt and Ginger Duren Gregg and Karla Worley Mr. Erik Wrice Dr. and Mrs. Charles K. Wright Will Zachery Xiaoning Zhu
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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 Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, Official Coffee Provider of Atlanta Ballet ASV, Video Services Brooks, McGinnis, & Company, LLC, Audit Firm Charlie McCullers Photography Four Seasons Hotel Dr. Frank A. Sinkoe, Podiatric Orthopedics Jean Padberg & Associates, P.C., Immigration Counsel J.D. French & Assoc. Dr. Karen Joanson-Scott, Buckhead Family Chiropractic Kim Kenney Photography 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. 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 subject to change.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
The Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 • www.foxtheatre.org
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
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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
TWO Great Hotels - ONE Great Location Corner of 10th Street & Williams I 404.524.4006
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3 hour complimentary valet parking
SUNDAY 12:30PM TO 12 AM
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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
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
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Fox fun facts: ballroom events
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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All I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep!
By Lisa Johnston, M.D.
For many people, the holiday season does not mean cheery dispositions or holiday well-wishes. Instead, it means only one thing — extreme stress accompanied by sleep deprivation. Whether it’s last-minute gift buying, holiday parties or extra work at the office, holiday stress can take its toll, especially on your sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is as important to your health and well-
being as food and water. Unfortunately, the holiday season is when most people cut back on their shut-eye and work overtime on their spending, eating and socializing. When combined with other holiday stresses, these factors contribute to sleep loss. This holiday season, take care of yourself and others by getting and encouraging adequate sleep, because good health is a priceless gift.
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leaming gift-wrapped packages, enticing storefront windows, that cheerful chill in the air and the infectious excitement that radiates off every child you pass can only mean one thing – it’s the holiday season.
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Getting your zzzzzs
Lisa Johnson, M.D., is medical director of Northside Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center in Atlanta. 52 EncoreAtlantA.com
Dangers of sleep deprivation • If your body does not get the amount of sleep it requires (seven to nine hours a night for most adults), serious complications can occur, including: • A depressed immune system that can leave you more susceptible to illness. • Compromised decision-making abilities. • Impaired memory. • Depression, irritability, daytime drowsiness and slower reaction times. • A greater tendency to be obese, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. • A worsening of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, due to alcohol intake and weight gain.
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If the stress of the holidays has already begun to take a toll on you, Northside Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Centers — in Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth — offer these general tips to help you get proper rest at night: • Keep a regular sleep schedule by going to bed and getting up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon or evening. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, soda and chocolate. • Avoid nicotine and alcohol before bedtime. • Avoid oversampling the rich foods and alcohol at gatherings. • Avoid taking long naps during the day. • Create a sleep-promoting environment that is cool, quiet and dark. • Plan ahead. Pay attention to budgets and money issues for yearend planning so you don’t become overextended. Prepare ahead of time for changes in your workload. The holidays can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t still be restful. Take the time to sleep and relax, and your holidays will be healthier and more enjoyable. To find a doctor, watch videos and learn more about how to get a better night’s sleep, visit www.northside.com.
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In the giving mood? Power2give connects arts lovers, arts makers and city of Atlanta funds By Encore Atlanta It has raised $5,000 for Full Radius Dance, and another $5,000 for gloATL dance company’s Hippodrome, coming to the Goat Farm Arts Center in March. The “it” in this case is power2give.org, an online cultural marketplace designed in Charlotte in 2011 and adapted this fall by the city of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In an age of diminishing government and foundation support, it lets arts lovers vote with their dollars, connecting them with dance, theater, visual arts, music, literary and media arts nonprofits that the OCA has vetted. Donations begin at $1.
A Year With Frog and Toad and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development scholarship program. Projects that already reached the 100 percent goal include the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, Young Audiences and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Projects live on the site for 90 days or until the organization’s financial goal for is met (whichever comes first). Projects recently seeking funding included the August Wilson Academy at True Colors Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre’s encore production of 54 EncoreAtlantA.com
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The kicker is that the OCA will match all funds up to $2,500 per project (for a total of $5,000). The city has allotted $220,000 for this fiscal year. Online donors can go to the power2give.org website to see who is seeking funding and sort by project, category (dance, theater, music) or see the list of qualified organizations.
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Get your ‘Explore the Arts’ license plate You’ve seen all those special license plates — UGA, Georgia Tech, Spelman College, spay and neuter your pets, etc., etc. Now arts lovers have a chance to get their own specialty plates. If the program proceeds, $10 from the sale of each “Explore the Arts” plate will go to the Georgia Council for the Arts, which will use the funds to support arts programs statewide. The plates will be pressed once 1,000 reservations have been made. Reservations are $25; the plate costs an additional $55. Those fees do not cover your ad valorem tax. The license plate features the image of Gen. James Oglethorpe, who settled Georgia, in
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An Atlanta Guide: Prepping for private schools By Danielle Deadwyler
tlanta’s education climate can be summed up with a quintessential Southern adage, “It’s hot in here, ya’ll!” And not in a “school’s out for summer” sentimentality. Considering recent testing controversies, overcrowding, accreditation scares and school closures, parents have much to consider.
From baby steps to college prep
These schools offer 12 or more grade levels. Largely college prep-based programs, some of which also emphasize faith-based social responsibility, these schools aim to prepare 58 EncoreAtlantA.com
children academically and socially for the new challenges of a 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 • The Galloway School (pre-K-12), gallowayschool.org • The Howard School (K-12), howardschool.org • The Lovett School (K-12), lovett.org
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Metro Atlanta has plenty of private options, all of which offer low student-to-teacher ratios as well as diverse learning environments and unique practices for holistic student development. We’ve narrowed down some of Atlanta’s leading prep schools for you. There are new inclusions, and keep in mind that private schools accept students regardless of address.
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• 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
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Benefits of nontraditional educational settings can include single-sex schools, boarding schools and prep schools, emphasizing the arts and sciences beyond the classroom.
(6-12), chrysalisexp.org (experiential) • High Meadows School (pre-K-8), highmeadows.org (children grouped by ability, not numerical age)
These options include Catholic, Jewish, Quaker, Islamic and nondenominational Christian schools. Atlanta: • Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (9-12), btcatholic.org (Catholic)
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• 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) • Atlanta Country Day School (7-12), atlantacountrydayschool.com (group or 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) • Arbor Montessori (preK-8), arbormontessori.org (Montessori/ whole child development) Roswell/Alpharetta: • Chrysalis Experiential Academy
• 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)
Children with learning challenges or disabilities like Asperger’s, ADHD, dyslexia, hearing/speech issues or emotional issues may need environments that are supportive and understanding of their particular needs. These schools blend disability expertise with 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 Danielle Deadwyler is an Atlantabased writer, actor and mother to a dancing machine.
• Christ the King School (K-8), christking.org (Catholic) • Our Lady of the Assumption School (preK-8), olaschool.org (Catholic) • St. Jude the Apostle School (K-8), saintjude.net (Catholic) • St. Martin’s Episcopal School (preK8), stmartinschool.org (Catholic) • St. Pius X Catholic High School (9-12), spx.org (Catholic) • Sophia Academy (preK9), sophiaacademy.org (Christian)• The Heiskell School (pre-K-8), heiskell. net (Christian) • The Heiskell School (preK-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) • The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy (preK-8), davisacademy.org (Jewish) Decatur: • St. Thomas More Catholic School (K8), stmga.org (Catholic)