Opera Omaha Collaboration Underway

American Midwest Ballet and Opera Omaha recently cast 15 talented young vocal artists as the North Wind Chorus for the Land of Snow scene in American Midwest Ballet’s December production of The Nutcracker.
Members of the North Wind Chorus will join American Midwest Ballet’s company of professional dancers and a cast of nearly 120 youth dancers to bring The Nutcracker to Omaha and Council Bluffs audiences this Christmas season. Chorus auditions were held on Sunday, September 18 at American Midwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios at Motion 41 Dance for female singers ages 12 to 16.
The young singers will provide vocals during composer Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Snowflakes. Each singer was required to prepare one song to perform with piano accompaniment. They were also measured for costumes being designed especially for the chorus.
“We are really happy about this project,” said Overturff, who premiered American Midwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker on tour last year. Overturff’s version of the beloved holiday family classic was performed for record-setting audiences at the Sami Bedell Center for Performing Arts in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
The Nutcracker opens December 2 at IWCC Arts Center and will be presented again on December 4 at Omaha Music Hall. Tickets are available now at (712) 388-7140 for the Dec. 2 show,  and through TicketMaster for the Dec. 4 show.

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