Alpena benefits from annual ‘Nutcracker’

“The Nutcracker” ballet was presented here in Alpena a few weeks ago. Christine Giodano and her “Dream Team” members, Charlie, Brittany, Ashley and Carlee Giordano, Barb and Carl Bourdelais, and Wanda Gougeon have worked together on five productions of “The Nutcracker” over the last 20 years. The proceeds from all five of the ballets have been donated to various charities here in Alpena. The total amount donated is $40,000. What a blessing to the Alpena area.

This recent “Nutcracker” had a total of 110 children and adults who were involved on the stage and behind the scenes. For the participants it was a three month group effort of rehearsing, enjoying friendships and having fun together.

The weekend of “The Nutcracker” was a time of pride and joy for the dancers as they were able to give the gift of Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet to the community. The added bonus is that all ticket proceeds will again go to local charities. Hats off to Christine Giordano.

Bronwyn Woolman