Wallace State hosts holiday tradition ‘The Nutcracker’

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Sidonie Desnoes performs as the Shepherdess in “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at Wallace State Community College. (Vincent Desnoes)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Wallace State Community College’s Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre hosted three performances of “The Nutcracker” over the weekend. The performances were co-produced by Wallace State’s Allegro Dance Theatre, Ballet South and Cullman Community Theatre under the direction of Brook Desnoes, WSCC dance instructor and founder of Ballet South. An average of 600 tickets were sold for each performance.  

This is the fourth year the ballet has been performed at Wallace State, but the first time the three organizations have collaborated. The performers readily combined their talents to put on a dazzling show. Desnoes said the community actors added to the presence on stage, especially during the mimed opening scene.  

Viewers were captivated by the dancers’ and actors’ rendition of the enduring ballet, which featured 20 pre-professional company dancers, eight actors and more than 25 community cast members. This year’s performances also included new special effects and costumes making for the biggest production of “The Nutcracker” the school has hosted.  

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