Celebrate the magic of Christmas with the Rockettes, who star in a new production of Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from Nov. 7 through 23.
The 90-minute, family friendly show features high-energy choreography, glamorous new costumes, extraordinary lighting effects and a 50-foot LED screen that adds to the show’s visual beauty.
“The theme of the show is to celebrate the magic and beauty of Christmas, what the holidays bring and just giving of yourself and the happiness we have at Christmastime,” said Alina Duncan, a Rockette in her ninth season.
The show brings the holiday season alive through favorite numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”
“We have some new things up our sleeves, too. Our finale is absolutely beautiful,” Duncan said.
The finale, “Let Christmas Shine,” showcases the glamour of the new show with each Rockette wearing more than 3,000 crystals.
“It’s an amazing number to perform because we’re saying shine out the light of love, shine out the light of hope and these things we have in our hearts. It’s a wonderful feeling to express that with what we love doing,” said Duncan, a Nashville resident.
The show embodies the spirit of Christmas in an effortless display of Rockette athleticism. To achieve this level of dance, it takes hard work, long hours and determination.
The Rockettes perform up to 16 shows per week with up to four or five shows per day.
“There are about 300 kicks per show,” Duncan said.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Joanna Richardson, who grew up in Stone Mountain and started dancing at a young age at her mother’s Atlanta dance studio.
While in middle school, Richardson saw the Rockettes perform in Atlanta. “Before the first number was over I knew I wanted to be up on that stage and was going to do anything to make that happen,” Richardson said.
Richardson continued her training and later participated in the Rockette Summer Intensive for aspiring Rockettes. After four auditions, Richardson was cast as a Rockette and is now in her eighth season.
Duncan also wanted to be a dancer at a young age. “Ever since I hit the stage for my first dance recital, I loved it,” said Duncan, who was cast in 2005.
Being a Rockette is also about giving back. While on location, the Rockettes participate in local charitable initiatives such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Ronald McDonald House and MLK Center of Hope.
The Rockettes bring that same spirit of giving to the stage.
“It’s a show for the whole family. There’s something for everybody. It definitely gets you in the holiday spirit,” Richardson said.
Tickets are available at the centre’s box office, RadioCityChristmas.com, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
The box office, located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. near Vinings, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sundays.
Proceeds from the Rockettes’ Nov. 12 performance will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.