Over 2,000 attendees from across the state flock to Waterville each year to escape the crowds and spend a moment immersed in the holiday magic of the Bossov Ballet Theatre at Maine Central Institute (BBT) The Nutcracker. But beneath the illusion of effortless beauty on display at the Waterville Opera House, from Dec. 13-15 lies months of community teamwork and intense preparation. Although this event has become a tradition as familiar as decorating the tree, according to Natalya Getman, BBT Artistic Director, there’s something new and heart-warming about this year’s production.
For Getman, a 33-season veteran of The Nutcracker, “There’s a feeling of rejuvenation about this production, thanks to the support and talent of the local community.” Not only was she inspired to create new choreography this year for a fresh group of dancers who each contribute their own distinct energy to the performances, but she is also excited by the new look that locally created costumes and set designs will bring to this year’s production. According to Getman, “There is a great sense of community when people come together to make this production happen – people of great talent whom I have known since they first began their careers, and now contribute their artistry and holiday spirit to the production. I’m very grateful for that!”
One of those individuals is New York-based Chad Lefebvre, a scenic, lighting and projection designer for projects that include CBS Sports Network, ESPN NFL, Busch Gardens and the Metropolitan Opera and Theatre Project Consultants in London. A Waterville native and frequent contributor to Waterville Opera House productions, Lefebvre will provide a new fairytale forest set design for the show. Tamsen Brooke Warner, executive director of the Waterville Opera House, will bring that design to life. Both worked with Getman early in their careers and on BBT’s TheNutcracker in particular.
BBT Costume Mistress, Lorica Siefken of Clinton, reflects on her own contribution to this year’s production as she works her own brand of design magic on an array of rich velvets, satins, ribbon and lace and transforms them into party dresses, “working with a myriad of beautiful fabrics and trims is a joy,” Siefken remarked. “I’m impressed by how Natalya and the dancers all pull together and pitch in wherever needed… I’m so pleased to be part of the team.”
Beginning Dec. 13 evening performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at operahouse.org or by calling 207-873-7000.
MCI (MCI-school.org) is the secondary school for the towns of Pittsfield, Burnham and Detroit. MCI enrollment includes day students from 14 Maine communities, and boarding students from three states and 16 countries. MCI offers accelerated and advanced placement courses in all subjects as well as 18 sports teams and 39 clubs and activities. The school is known for its championship athletic teams and award-winning arts programs that include visual, vocal, band, drama, and the world-class Bossov Ballet Theatre, which is a performing company and an international pre-professional ballet school that offers students a unique opportunity to study and perform classical ballet as part of MCI’s academic curriculum, allowing them to earn full academic credit for ballet training.