A new twist on an old classic is the idea behind Friday nights production of The Urban Nutcracker at the Grand Opera House.
The show, which begins at 7 p.m., is being presented by Kali Dance Studio for the Arts.
I wanted to still have the classical elements to The Nutcracker but I wanted it to have a different feel to it, a different twist to it -- more upbeat, more urban type feel, said Terra Gallemore, who owns and runs Kali.
This means the dancing will go beyond the ballet of the traditional Nutcracker.
You may see hip-hop in some of the dances. You may see jazz, contemporary. You may see some tumbling, gymnastics, modern, Gallemore said. Youre going to see all different forms of dance in our Nutcracker. I think that is the biggest difference.
While the Urban Nutcracker is performed in other places, the Macon production will be a local adaptation.
This is Kalis version of it, Gallemore said. Youre still going to know you are looking at The Nutcracker but it is going to be different.
She said the studio typically does an annual recital, but her students were asking to do The Nutcracker.
My thing is if I did it, I wanted to put a different type of spin on it, a different twist on it, Gallemore said. I said, Lets do a little something different with it. Lets turn it upside down. Lets flip it compared to what people would normally see.
She said she started researching Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Suite to see if there were remixed versions.
When people hear the music they are going to say, I know Ive heard that song before, but they are going to hear a different variation, Gallemore said. Its still familiar to them ... like when the music first comes on, you know this is the Russian piece but you might hear a remix in that piece.
The cast will feature nearly 100 dancers of all ages.
Ive got close to 100 students at the studio and all of them are dancing, Gallemore said. Every last one of them from the babies on up. We start out at 2 years old and youre going to see that age up to 50-year-olds up on the stage.
One of those dancers will be Jayla Harris, a seventh-grader at Miller Middle School who has been dancing for three years.
I think the (audience) will be surprised as were doing different types of dance ... and were using different types of music, said Harris, who is also teaching some of the younger students.
Nytese Lemons is also a seventh-grader at Miller and will be dancing in several of the numbers.
I learned more about the different type of dances weve done, she said. Its been a blessing.
Gallemore, who opened Kali five years ago, said the kids are very excited about the production.
I know that dance is my purpose and teaching is my purpose and its all about the kids, she said. My goal is to make sure they be the best they can be, and I want to provide avenues ... for them to reach that level.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St.
Cost: $15; $13 for groups of 10 or more
Information: www.thegrandmacon.com or 301-5470