For information on the Rangerette Christmas show, visit the Belcher Center's website.
Article below by Marketing Student Intern, Hannah Moss
As a young girl, Natalie Lancaster, College Station sophomore, had visions of sugar plums dancing in her head. Now, Lancaster lives out those dreams every time she steps on stage to perform the role of the Snow Queen.
“One thing that has been a classic part of my Christmas season is ‘The Nutcracker,’” Lancaster said. “Before I was a part of it, I would go see the show in Houston or watch it on DVD. It seems like a tradition.” Lancaster is keeping her love of “The Nutcracker Ballet” alive this season by performing a solo in this year’s Rangerette Christmas Extravaganza.
Lancaster is performing a shortened version of the Snow Queen from Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas suite.
“I performed in ‘The Nutcracker’ for seven years in my hometown. The snow scene is my favorite, so it felt natural to try out with that scene. It brings me so much joy to do it again,” she said. Before Lancaster wore the iconic Rangerette boots, she spent a lot of time in ballet shoes.
“I was in my local ballet company and, besides dancing, last year I helped backstage. I have performed in numerous roles, from the little party girl when I was younger, to solos later in high school. It takes a lot of time, but it is super special to me,” she said. Aside from performing as a snow queen, Lancaster is also excited to take on the role as one of Santa’s Reindeer.
“My favorite part of the Christmas show is performing Reindeer! It is such a different dance style from what we normally do. It is a fun dance,” she said of the Rockette style dance.
“I am most looking forward to performing on stage again for the first time since last year’s Christmas show. And I am glad we get to do more dances as a sophomore class. Getting to dance with everyone again will be fun,” she said.
To encourage social distancing, the show has moved to the Belcher Center on the LeTourneau University campus. This venue is bigger and offers more room for the audience to spread out. Also, they will stage three productions: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are available www.belchercenter.com.
“I loved having the Christmas show in Dodson Auditorium because it was so special to us. But with these circumstances, getting able to perform these shows at such an incredible venue like the Belcher Center is going to be just as amazing in a different way,” Lancaster said. She encourages everyone to create a tradition of bringing in the Christmas season with a show.
Like Lancaster’s ‘Nutcracker’ tradition, the Rangerette Christmas show brings the community together. “It is the beginning of the Christmas season and everyone should come celebrate with us,” Lancaster said. “I know a lot of groups are not able to have their productions, and it is special that we are able to have ours. It will be a great show.”