ROME, N.Y. – Students from John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance performed “The Nutcracker” for local students on Thursday, a tradition that has taken place in the city for three decades.
Stephen and Canan Jackson, owners of the dance studio, have put on “The Nutcracker” for 30 years, and say old students now bring their own children to participate in the performance.
“It's surreal for me. I grew up on this stage, I grew up with Steve and Canon, they were very close with my parents, my dad used to perform Mother Ginger when they performed that he was the grandfather,” said Megan Bice, who’s children will be performing in this weekend’s show.
Stephen says the show still carries the same magic it did when they first started performing it in Rome.
“Thirty years later and the community loves it and the kids love it, and we love doing at we just want to keep doing it,” he said.
People can see the 30th anniversary performances of “The Nutcracker” on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., or Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Rome’s Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St.
Tickets are available by calling 315-337-2920, at the Capitol box office and online at: www.jhodance.com.