Fort Mill choreographer plans a Christmas show
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Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

Fort Mill choreographer plans a Christmas show

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  • Want to go? Eddie Mabry Talent’s Christmas spectacular, “The Miracle of Christmas,” will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Fort Mill High School auditorium. Visit www.eddiemabrytalent.org for ticket information.

If you can’t make it to Radio City Music Hall this holiday season, you can still catch the Eddie Mabry Talent Rockettes in Mabry’s first-ever Christmas show in Fort Mill.

The show is titled “The Miracle of Christmas” and features a family friendly cast of Christmas angels, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Holly the Hippo, life-size dancing rag dolls, Rudolf and Frosty the Snowman. Vocal performances include the a cappella quartet 8% and individual soloists.

The Nativity performance includes over 50 dancers.

Eddie Mabry has been teaching, choreographing and performing professionally for more than 25 years and is the owner and director of Eddie Mabry Talent in Fort Mill. He has choreographed more than 150 musicals and stage shows. Mabry has been an adjunct faculty member at Winthrop University and UNC Charlotte and is in his 13th year as a guest artist with Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte.

Mabry received the Best Choreographer award from Charlotte’s Creative Loafing Magazine four times and from Metrolina Theatre Association nine times. He recently was awarded the 2013 Artists Music Guild Heritage Award for Dance Group of the Year.

“I have wanted to do my own Christmas show for the last 10 years,” Mabry said. “I would put ideas down and stick them away in a file. I wasn’t able to work this summer because of a shoulder injury and in June I came across the file. I started downloading Christmas music and added more and more ideas and thought that this was the year to perform my vision. This show comes straight from my heart.”

Eddie Mabry Talent dancers also will perform Christmas shows this year with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and the Carolina Voices 59th annual “Singing Christmas Tree.”

“I am really pushing myself with all the Christmas shows,” Mabry said. “I have a notebook full of the schedules, rehearsals, choreography, costumes and music. Every single second of my life right now is dedicated to these shows. It’s insane, but it’s always worth it.

“My own show is special to me and I hope the audience is ready for an entertaining and emotional evening.”

Karin Janick is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karin? Email her at thejanicks@yahoo.com.

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