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Alumni performance planned for Fowler dance company

September 27, 2018

The Beth Fowler School of Dance in Genoa and St. Charles is inviting the community to be part of the magic, as the school rolls out special events this fall and throughout the 2018-19 dance season in celebration of a triple anniversary.

To begin, BFSD is marking 25 years since the first Beth Fowler Dance Company took the stage, and 25 years since the company first staged Beth Fowler’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

But the school also is celebrating 35 years since Fowler founded the school at the age of 15.

The Beth Fowler Dance Company has presented “The Nutcracker” each holiday season for the past 25 years at DeKalb’s historic Egyptian Theatre, and for the last six seasons, has brought the holiday classic to life on stage at St. Charles North High School.

While the classic has become a holiday tradition for so many, Fowler has been in discussions with Northern Illinois University professor and scenic designer Sahin Sahingolu and Egyptian Theatre manager Alex Nerad, conjuring up ways to make the 25th anniversary performances even more magical, with new special effects, props, scenery, lighting and choreography.

For Fowler, however, the true magic has always been found in the dance families who have made the company’s production of “The Nutcracker” so special throughout the past quarter century.

To celebrate dance families, present and past, opening night of “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 30 at the Egyptian Theatre will feature a special alumni performance, open to all Beth Fowler Dance Company alumni dancers. Fowler has been overjoyed with the response from her alumni, stretching back to dancers who performed in the inaugural performances 25 years ago. Some are still dancing with professional careers, and others are not, but Fowler assures there are roles available for all alumni.

“It will be a special treat to see the current company dancers and the alumni dancers share the stage, together, during the alumni show,” Fowler said in a news release. “We can’t wait.”

Each Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., BFSD will offer a free alumni ballet class at the Genoa location. Rehearsals for the special alumni production of “The Nutcracker” will be held on weekends this fall.

The official Alumni Nutcracker Placement Class will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, following the free alumni ballet class. Make-up options for alumni dancers unable to attend on Sept. 29 will include placement classes on Sept. 30 at BFSD’s St. Charles location, and Saturday evening, Oct. 6, in Genoa.

Call the studio at 815-784-5658 for more information.

The Beth Fowler Dance Company will take the stage in this special 25th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker” at the Egyptian Theatre at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Performances at St. Charles North High School are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 19 and can be purchased at egyptiantheatre.org or by calling the theater Box Office at 815-758-1225.

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