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Dancers to perform original ballet

Posted: May 31, 2017 - 12:39am
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Brianna Lawrence (in line, from front to back), Tamara Chavarria, Olivia Ramirez and Abby Sander rehearse as soldiers for Tip Toes and Taps production of Eleanor’s Attic.

A locket, a magic mirror, trolls, fairies, soldiers and a queen add up to Eleanor's Attic, an original ballet that will be presented by the students of Tip Toes and Taps on June 4 at the Imperial Theatre.

"This is the first one we wrote," said Beverlee Nichols, who along with Brad Nichols and Allison Vanderhoff wrote the production in 2000. "It's our flagship show."

Two performances will be presented, giving some of the dancers the opportunity to perform more than one role. There are about 80 dancers in each show.

Olivia Attaway is one of two students who will dance the role of Eleanor. Lauren Bell is the other.

"It's fun to go around the stage and talk to everyone," said Attaway, a 12-year-old Paul Knox Middle School student. Eleanor stays on stage for the entire show and interacts with all of the characters in the production.

This is Attaway's first lead role, and she said she's looking forward to it.

"I'm pretty confident. I'm ready to go out there," she said.

Nichols said they perform Eleanor's Attic every four years, and there are other elements in it that add to it being the group's flagship show.

The story is told through dance and has an accompanying soundtrack with narration and voices of the characters. They paid close attention to the voice characterization, Nichols said.

"My husband heard people at work, and he'd ask them if he could record them. The character voices are awesome," she said.

Also, Nichols said the show has great costumes and flying backdrops to add to the production value. Olivia Buird has performed in Eleanor's Attic before. Four years ago, she was a soldier. Now she's dancing as the Moonlight Princess. She said she's excited because it's usually older dancers who perform the princess roles.

"I didn't think I'd get to be a princess. This is my first pointe solo," said Buird, an eighth-grader at Westminster Schools of Augusta.

Eleanor's Attic will be performed at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, June 4, at the Imperial Theatre. Admission is free. The performance is paid for through dance fees the company collects.

 

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