Miss Kitty’s presence was defiantly felt over the weekend as Alabama Dance Theatre performed "Mistletoe.” This was the first performance for ADT without their Founding Artistic Director, Kitty Seale and the first performance for the new Artistic Director, Kate Seale Smith. An incredible team of people pulled together to make “Mistletoe” a huge success. Miss Kitty would be extremely proud of the dancer’s accomplishments and the full house each performance. ADT proudly dedicated this performance to Kitty Seale, who’s 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 performed included “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. The Montgomery Chorale Ensemble and a small orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Seay accompanied the production. The collaboration between the dancers and musicians was beautiful. “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.
Alabama Dance Theatre hosted two school shows to full houses of excited and energetic children. The 11:30 school show was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery. The theatre was packed with third graders who cheered, laughed and clapped along with the music as the dancers performed.
Performance sponsors included 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. Alabama Dance Theatre is also grateful to the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Thursday evening prior to the public performance Alabama Dance Theatre and Troy University hosted a special reception and free performance at the Davis Theatre in honor of our military and first responders. Sponsors included 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.
Tine’s Alley and the adjoining River Room located next to the Davis Theatre were transformed into a Holiday Reception to give a glimmer of Festive ambiance 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 for guests to dine were clothed in white floor length linens and topped with Fragrant Cedar, ribbon and candle lit votives. Special, commemorative, Red Alabama Dance Theatre ornaments were whimsically incorporated into the centerpiece hanging with red wire and ribbon from the Cedar branches. Red and green striped ribbon and cording flowed down each of the food tables throughout the center of the room. Former committee member, Jamie Mitchell created a gorgeous flower centerpiece as a tribute to Kitty Seale and Suzanne Sheppard.
An array of delicious food was catered by Jenny Weller. The menu consisted of Artisan Fruit & Cheese Display, Assorted Crackers, Assorted Seasonal Fruit, Signature Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Horsey Mayo, Grilled Harissa Chicken Skewers, Boiled Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, Sea Salt Roasted Baby Baker Potatoes, Warm Kale Asiago Dip, Crostini, Red Velvet Trifle and French Silk Tarts garnished with a Fresh Raspberry.
Military and Special Guests included emcee Tonya Terry, WSFA news anchor, who welcomed everyone to the performance along with General Brad Sullivan, Commander and President Air War University and General Sheryl Gordon, Adjutant General, State of Alabama, who graciously thanked the sponsors. Military night sponsors enjoying the evening included, Sharon and Frank Litchfield and Tricia and Jimmy Seay, Casey Ivey and David Donovan of Seay of Seay, Seay, and Litchfield, Susan and Jeff Samuel, Krista Hawkins and Yvette Shuford of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Paul Hodges, Hodges Warehouse + Logistics.
Other Special Guests included General Brad Sullivan and wife Samantha, General Sheryl Gordon and husband Dave, General Jeremy Sloane and wife Lisa, General Randel Efferson and wife Melodie, Col. Patrick Carley and wife Stephanie, Brenda King, Rep. Charlotte Meadows, Virginia Whitefield, Pam Wagoner, Patricia Roberson, Gardner Perdue, Tina Perdue and son Watson Perdue, Randy Foster, Janie and Greg Alford, Shelia Babcock, Sue Watson, Jane Barganier, Chairman of the ADT Executive Board, Austin and Camilla Barrett, Will and Amy Chapman, Lewis and Merri Chapman, David and Brooke Dinger, David and Ruth Givens, Orlando and Gladys Gonzalez, Derrick Grames, Diane Kennamer, Joy Ohme, Carolyn King and daughter Turner Grace, Woody and Susan Lamar, Wallis Litchfield, Alice Longshore and Lawton McCollum, Peter and Margaret Selman, Ron and Melissa Welch, Kacy and Scott Rizer, Olga White, Susanne McGaughey, Ben Skala, Shawn Black, Sara Sanford, Danielle Herod, Evans and Casey Bailey, Jackie and Lee Berry, Valari Lagrone, John and Pamela Swan and Robby and Kate Smith with sons Bennett and Chapman Robertson.
At the end of the reception, guests then moved into the lobby of The Davis Theatre and were escorted into the auditorium to be mesmerized by the power and elegance of the Alabama Dance Theatre's production of Mistletoe!
Alabama Dance Theatre’s full length “Cinderella” will be performed March 6-8 at Troy University’s Davis Theatre. “…where there is goodness, there is magic”. For more information on performances or classes please call 334-625-2590 or visit alabamadancetheatre.com.