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By BECKY BARCLAY The holidays just wouldn't be the same in Goldsboro without a performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet" by members of the Goldsboro Civic Ballet. This year's show takes place Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. The Christmas ballet has been performed in the city since 1982, first at Goldsboro High School auditorium, then at the renovated Paramount. "I became interested in presenting a special 'Nutcracker' for the ballet stu- dents in Goldsboro to participate in," said director Peggy Wingate. "The beginning of a civic ballet was difficult, but the downtown merchants caught on to our spirit and were the first patrons to come on board with dona- tions. We have continued over the years to present the talent in Goldsboro." Wingate said Goldsboro Civic Ballet has increased both its audiences and budget to offer a quality ballet performance. "We will introduce you to the ever-so-popular Dr. and Mrs. Stahlbaum's holiday party for all the dignitaries in Europe," Wingate said. "It all takes place in Germany, where the Christmas tree tradi- tion was born." Portraying Clara this year will be Julia Faulk of Grantham Middle School. Korrie McEachern of Goldsboro High School will be the Snow Queen. Emily Thorne of Charles B. Aycock High School will be Sugar Plum Fairy. "We are asking Oliver Beres of Raleigh to return as Cavalier and partner with Ms. Thorne," Mrs. Wingate said. "Beres is originally from Hungary, but is now a U.S. citizen. He works in Chapel Hill as a ballet teacher and has been with Carolina Ballet through last year." In the battle scene, there will be an artillery corps in addi- tion to the regular soldier corps this year. The snow scene has been reconfigured to include a new costume look for the snow nymphs. The snowflakes will carry the traditional all-white theme, as well as the Snow Queen. The Land of Sweets dessert buffet will be offered at intermission at a cost of $5 a plate. Special nutcrackers will be for sale. "We hope the audience will take away the Christmas spirit of giving and enjoying all we have under our trees," Wingate said. "Saying thank you throughout the season is so important." Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for children, available at the Paramount box office, by calling 919-583-8432 or online at 'The Nutcracker Ballet,' performed by Goldsboro Civic Ballet, has been a staple during Christmas since 1982. The audience will enjoy the story of Clara, the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy, along with a trip to the Land of Sweets with an actual dessert buffet at intermission. 47DCT1117S© 919.734.0741 • 2303 Wayne Memorial Drive • Goldsboro RAPER DISCOUNT DRUGS And of course delivering your prescription drugs to your home or work FREE city-wide for your convenience We Have What You Need This Christmas! 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WHERE: Paramount Theatre WHEN: 7 p.m., Dec. 1 and 2; 3 p.m., Dec. 3 COST: $18 general admission $13 children Outside, in the hills of Bethlehem, the poor and powerless shepherds behold a sky full of angels singing about a birth unlike any other before or since. Unlike any other retelling of the Christmas story, author-composer team Stormie and Michael Omartian present almost word-for-word scriptural text to recreate the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Omartian, a gifted writer with multiple books on prayer in print, crafts the human characters and their emotional responses to what they expe- rienced and witnessed. The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity — hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory — because at the Father's will, Jesus Christ became poor and was born in a stable so that 30 years later he might hang on a cross. It is the most wonderful message that the world has ever heard, or ever will hear. Every year, we hear from people who've made "Child of the Promise" part of their family's Christmas tradi- tion that it is the highlight of their holi- day season, and it reminds them what Christmas is truly about. Each year, we also meet folks who have not seen it before and share that they are truly blessed by it. The reason we continue to present it to Goldsboro and the surrounding areas year after year is that more than ever before, people need to know the truth that God has gone to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate his love for humanity, and that he wants to be front and center in the hearts and minds of every person. The cast and crew come together from many churches throughout and beyond Wayne County. The 11-piece orchestra, choir and soloists bring life to the music and words of "Child of the Promise." Our backstage crew makes the magic of stage storytelling come to life visually. We pray that you will attend, pro- mote, and bring others to "Child of the Promise" to share the joy of God's story. The performance will be at the Para- mount Theatre Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for seniors, military and students 18 and younger. Tickets to the matinee are half price. They are available at the Paramount box office, by calling 919- 583-8432 or online at www.golds- Child of the Promise 4 ---- Goldsboro News-Argus Thursday, November 23, 2017

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