“Mistletoe 2019” dedicated to Founding Artistic Director Kitty Seale
Miss Kitty’s presence was definitely felt during the Alabama Dance Theatre’s performance of "Mistletoe.” This was the first performance for ADT without founding Artistic Director Kitty Seale and the first performance for new Artistic Director Kate Seale Smith. ADT proudly dedicated this performance to Kitty Seale, whose legacy will continue to shine brightly!
“Mistletoe” featured “Favorite Dances of Christmas” and the beloved “Messiah.” “Favorite Dances of Christmas,” a collage of dances set to beautiful Christmas carols and songs, featured the return of audience favorites including “First Noel,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Sleighride” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” Other favorites were “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Carol of the Bells.” Brand new dances that delighted the audiences were “O Come All Ye Faithful,” choreographed by Janie Alford, and “In the Bleak Midwinter,” choreographed by Sara Sanford.
“Messiah” was choreographed by Amelie Hunter to George Frideric Handel’s famous score. It was accompanied by the Montgomery Chorale Ensemble and a small orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Seay. “Mistletoe” ended with the Hallelujah chorus from the “Messiah.” The entire audience was on their feet leaving a breathtaking moment that Kitty Seale would have loved.
Tine’s Alley and the River Room in Davis Theatre were transformed into a holiday reception for the Mistletoe guests and sponsors prior to the “sneak peek” military performance that evening. The reception was coordinated by the ADT Special Events Committee Chairman Margaret Ann Selman and Co-Chair Amy Chapman and assisted by Janie Alford and Danielle Herod.
Bistro tables in the alley were adorned with white, floor-length linens, fragrant cedar, ribbon and candles. Commemorative Alabama Dance Theatre ornaments were whimsically incorporated into the centerpiece hanging with red wire and ribbon from the cedar branches. Jamie Mitchell created a gorgeous flower centerpiece as a tribute to Kitty Seale and Suzanne Sheppard.
Jennie Weller catered an array of food including seasonal fruit, marinated pork-tenderloin sliders, grilled harissa-chicken skewers, boiled shrimp, roasted baby baker potatoes, warm kale asiago dip, crostini, red-velvet trifle and French silk tarts with a raspberry garnish. Alabama Dance Theatre’s full-length “Cinderella” will be performed March 6-8 at Troy University’s Davis Theatre. For more information on performances or classes, please call 334.625.2590 or visit www.alabamadancetheatre.com.
Wells Fargo, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, WSFA 12 News and Cumulus Broadcasting; Education sponsors were Kiwanis Club Montgomery, Central Alabama Community Foundation, Sara & Jere Beasley, Pickwick Antiques and Montgomery Antiques & Interiors. Special thanks to the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. “Sneak Peak” Sponsors
Troy University, Synovus Bank, Goodwin Mills Cawood, Hodges Warehouse + Logistics, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Wright Flyers, Seay, Seay & Litchfield, Susan & Jeff Samuel, Synovus and The UPS Store.