21st Annual “Nutcracker” Performance Draws Full House

After nearly 7 months of practicing Seau de Chats, arabesques, and passes, Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre’s 21st Annual Nutcracker” performance was exquisitely executed this last weekend, with a standing ovation from the crowd.

Liv Whalen
Dancers and Artistic Director began preparations as early as May of 2018 and finally got to showcase their talents on December 15-17.

This year Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre (RMDT) graduated three seniors, Imani Etter, Ben Wambeke, and Claire Pfister.

Etter has been dancing for 15 years, the last five with RMDT. Her roles in this season’s performance included being a Demi Soloist of the Flowers group as well as, Joker Marzipan Lead, and Snow. She describes herself as a conservative person, and is “really shy” at school but when able to dance on stage or even at the studio, she can express herself and come out as a new person. “People are able to see me in a different light,” she said. She loves dancing with her sisters, Anesa and Alexa, and said it brings them all closer together, and lets them connect in a particular way. “We are all very shy and being able to dance together just brings out the best in us,” said Etter.      

The production experienced many new changes this year, including the addition of two new roles to the performance, Peppermint Lead and Enchanted Fairy. Alexa Etter, a sophomore at Cody High School, is one of the few who adopted a new role this year as Peppermint Lead.  “When I auditioned I didn’t know there was going to be a new lead or any new roles for that matter, and when I found out I acquired the role of Peppermint Lead, I was taken by surprise, but it was a really good surprise,” said Etter.

A variety of girls and boys, ages 3 to 20, from Cody’s community danced in the “Nutcracker production. Fairies are a group of younger girls, who were the opening dance for the performance this year. As youngsters, each of them look up and admire the older dancers, including Clara, Snow, Flower, and Sugar Plum Fairy.

Liv Whalen