Backstage at the Ballet: Roper Elementary students get inside look at ‘The Nutcracker’

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Roper Elementary School students are getting a peek behind the curtain of “The Nutcracker.”

For 33 years, the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company has brought an outreach program called Backstage at the Ballet to LPS elementary schools so students can learn about different aspects of the production.

On Thursday, the company’s artistic staff hosted workshops at Roper, where students learned about choreography, costuming and makeup for “The Nutcracker.”

The goal of the program is to expose young students to the arts.

“It is really important for me to bring arts to the public schools,” said Shari True, artistic director for the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company. “We have a lot of kids that play sports, but not so many kids that have the opportunity to dance. And so it’s really, really important for me to bring the arts to our community, let them experience it and see how it feels to be ‘Backstage at the Ballet.’ ”

On Monday, the company will bring more of its dancers and will hold an assembly to showcase portions of “The Nutcracker” to Roper students.

Some lucky kids were even picked to dance with them for the assembly.

“The Nutcracker “can be seen at the Lied Center on Dec. 17-18.

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