ROME. N.Y. -- It's Christmas in July at the Rome Capitol Theatre this weekend, when performers from John Hayes O'Neill Studio of Dance take the stage for a production of the holiday classic - The Nutcracker.
The performers have been practicing since last year but had the performance pushed back from the usual December timeframe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though it hasn't lessened any of their dedication or enthusiasm.
"These kids work hard, they perfect their art, they want to get on stage, they want to present, and this is their chance to do it," says Stephen Jackson, who has been directing and producing the Nutcracker for more than 30 years. "It doesn't matter if it's December or July, as long as they get their chance to do it."
"It's definitely a little bit of a different feeling, but I think we're all really excited and we haven't been able to dance on this stage in so long," says performer Abigail Morgan. "And now this theater is renovated and beautiful, so I think we all still have that holiday spirit in our hearts, even in July and we're all really excited to get on the stage, and especially for the seniors to dance one last time."
You can catch the productoin of The Nutcracker at the Rome Capitol Theatre on Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 24 at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased through the John Hayes O'Neill Studio of Dance website.