PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERThe Lovells from Breinigsville enjoy some family time at a cast party at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem for the 50th anniversary Nutcracker celebration Dec. 16, 2018. Parkland High School sophomore Olivia Lovell (center) was the lead ballerina in the “Coffee from Arabia” scene. She has been dancing with the Ballet Guild for 10 years. Her mother Amanda is a board member and Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Left: Anna Yorgey (center), who starred as Clara in the Dec. 16, 2018, “Nutcracker” matinee, is all smiles after Pennsylvania Ballet guest artists Lillian DiPiazza and Ian Hussey signed her nutcracker. Yorgey is a seventh-grader in the Parkland School District. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Below: Joyce and Kristopher Yoder of West Allentown have worked onstage and behind the scenes for “The Nutcracker” for several years, including the 2018 season. When not playing Herr Drosselmeyer, Yoder teaches “Acting for the Dancer” courses for the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley. His wife, a board member and lifelong ballet dancer, portrayed Mrs. Stahlbaum. When not involved in showbiz, Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Celebrating 50 years of Tchaikovsky shows
Nearly 250 guests celebrated 50 years of consecutive performances of the seasonal ballet scored by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and brought to the stage by the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
The 50th anniversary Nutcracker Celebration held Dec. 16, 2018, was hosted at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.