Clara and her Prince have been part of our Community for over a quarter of a century, and they will be bringing their classic tale of The Nutcracker to iconic locations throughout Greensburg, and Westmoreland County in a full-length filmed production,
Covid and its ensuing safety protocols have devastated the live performing Arts community, large scale productions of Nutcracker performances are fiscally and logistically improbable. In an effort to keep this beloved tradition alive, thriving – and current – we have an exciting project in development, placing us at forefront of the transforming dance community in our Nutcracker Film project.
The film will be shot on location using the iconic sites, cultural organizations, and businesses of our community as a way to showcase our wonderful community.
Our vision is to include community leaders getting ready to attend the party scene; Clara leading her adventure throughout the town - highlighting as many storefronts as possible, making this the place to visit for Holiday shopping. The snow scene would include local musicians and choirs, perhaps in the courtyard of the courthouse. Lots of social distance, very spaced out but filmed in a way to highlight not just the dancing but members of our community. Imagine the Angel scene in a glorious Cathedral.
Each character in the second act represents a holiday treat. ‘Spanish’ (chocolate) would be filmed in one of our local chocolate or candy stores. ‘Arabian’ (coffee) could be filmed in one of our coffee shops, ‘Russian’ in one of our new breweries. The film will showcase what an incredible place Greensburg, and surrounding towns are to visit and shop. The hope is to include baristas, shop owners, community leaders and maybe a Judge or two in the background or perhaps even a bit involved with the dancers.
Anticipated movie release would occur in early November, drawing holiday shoppers and potential patrons to our businesses, non-profits and cultural district. Restrictions allowing, a viewing party for the premier would be a wonderful fundraising event.
Our goal is to create a truly collaborative production. As we build awareness and excitement for these projects, we will be creating access for donations through a crowdfunding source. We ask you contribute by raising awareness of the project throughout the community through your social and business networks. Contribute your talent as a performer or artist, the resources of your business in materials or expertise, donate or just help spread the word.
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Robert Fulton began his dance training in his home state of Pennsylvania. At 17, he was accepted into the Houston Ballet Academy and he graduated from their Professional 2 division. He went on to be a trainee at Ballet West for a year before being hired by Nevada Ballet Theatre where he is currently dancing. Robert is also working towards a degree from Penn State World Campus while dancing.
Camille Kellems just completed her first season with Nevada Ballet Theatre as an apprentice. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Arts Management in May 2019, working closely with Kyra Nichols, Carla Körbes, Michael Vernon and Sarah Wroth. She was born and raised in Newport Beach, California, and began dancing at age three at Classical Dance Center. Her pre-professional ballet training began at Ballet Pacific, which transitioned to the Maple Conservatory of Dance under direction of Charles Maple. She has attended summer intensives with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. At Nevada Ballet she has performed in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and in the Melancholic section of George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. With IU Ballet, she has performed featured roles such as the principal woman in Jerome Robbins’ Spring from his Four Seasons, the Blue Girl in Antique Epigraphs, a Matinee Lady in The Concert, as well as the principal woman in Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie.
Artistic director of the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative Jason “Zero” Kirin has been a juggler longer than he hasn’t been. Specializing in the craft of “contact juggling” Zero takes crystal ball manipulation to new weightless extremes. Merging this art form with the Nutcracker character Uncle Drosselmeyer - Zero has had the opportunity to create a new crystalline concept that mixes circus arts with a classic ballet theater production. To keep up with Zero and the Pittsburgh Circus follow them @pghcircus on all social media platforms.
Christy, a 2020 graduate of Duquesne University received her ballet training from Judy Rae Tubbs for 10 years. Since then, she has spent the past four years as a professional folk dancer with the Tamburitzans, while earning a degree in corporate communications and a certificate in business administration. With the Tamburitzans, she has performed on 10 national tours, covering more than 35 different states. In addition to performing, Christy has choreographed specialized performances for the ensemble, and taught classes in ballet fundamentals and folk.
Lauren Smolka is a recent graduate from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a BS in ballet. In September she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she began her first year as a professional ballet dancer with Ballet Tucson. During her time in Tucson she had the opportunity to dance corps roles in Balanchine ballets including Serenade and Concerto Barocco. Lauren began dancing ballet at the age of three. However, she really started to develop her passion for ballet at the age of thirteen when she was admitted into the pre-professional division at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She is very grateful to have had the opportunity as a senior in high school to perform in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Company’s performance of The Nutcracker dancing as a Snowflake and a Flower side by side with company members. Lauren has also had the opportunity to perform principal and soloist roles at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music in works choreographed by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris and Martha Graham. Some of her repertoire includes Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Valse Fantaisie, Divertimento No. 15 and La Source, as well as Jerome Robbins Antique Epigraphs, Fanfare and The Concert. One of her most memorable performances was dancing the principal role of the ballerina in Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe which was set for the first time since 1973 on the dancers of the ballet and contemporary departments at Indiana University. Lauren has attended summer intensive programs at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre New York.
Courtney Streeter began intensively studying ballet at the Atlanta Festival Ballet under the direction of Nicolas Pacaña and Gregory Aaron. At 17, she was able to dance as part of the professional company while simultaneously studying with the Atlanta Ballet. As both a student and young professional, she spent her summers studying with prestigious companies such as Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet Chicago.
After two years with Atlanta Festival Ballet, Ms. Streeter moved to Pittsburgh to attend Point Park University where she would study dance with a ballet concentration under Susan Stowe, Jay Kirk, Lindy Fabyanic, Ernest Tolentino and Dana Arey. After completing her undergraduate program, she then traveled to Chicago, Illinois where Ms. Streeter pursued and obtained her Master of Arts in Arts Administration online. She’d also dance professionally for Elements Ballet. Moreover, Ms. Streeter has frequently guested in several productions of The Nutcracker in Chicago as well as most recently performing in Washington, DC with Moveius Contemporary Ballet in conjunction with DanceLoft 14.
Beyond her academic and professional performance background Ms. Streeter is an accredited teacher. She has taught for The Joffrey in Chicago and is a faculty member for The Washington School of Ballet; she is looking forward to completing her ABT National Training Curriculum certifications on scholarship in 2021.