Morton residents won't have to travel far this year for a viewing of "The Nutcracker."
This year, Inspired Arts Academy and Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts are pairing up to perform "The Nutcracker" at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bertha Frank Fine Arts Center.
Sarah Knuppel, director at Inspired Arts, said she met Rebekah von Rathonyi of Cornerstone a year ago.
"I met their group at City Dance," Knuppel said. "I met them at that time through a friend, and they came last year and performed at my old studio. They performed ‘The Nutcracker.’”
This year, the two groups decided to put on a performance together for the community.
Knuppel said they met with Susan Pyles, who works with the Morton Fine Arts Association, to help sponsor the performance.
The association agreed to help what is expected to be a yearly performance.
“Inspired Arts has always believed in partnering with non-for-profits,” she said. “It’s what we do. We’ve partnered with Cornerstone and City Dance and Morton Fine Arts. It’s part of our mission statement.”
Knuppel said about 10-15 students, including herself and her daughter, will be taking part in various scenes.
“This year, because they’re so young and because they’re a new company, they’re basically soldiers, snow fairies and angels,” she said. “They’re in what’s called the battle scene and snow scene.”
Knuppel added that many dancers have aspirations to take on bigger roles in the future.
Since September, Knuppel said the girls have been practicing for their roles every Saturday.
“It’s been going really well,” she said of the practice. “The girls really seem to be enjoying it. Rebekah is a wonderful instructor. She’s great with the kids and just makes them feel really at ease.”