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2013 Stoughton Victorian Holiday

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 Vol. 133, No. 17 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
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Victorian Holiday
Schedule of events
2013 Victorian Holiday
Thursday, December 5
• 4:30 p.m., Love Lights Ceremony with ecumenical children’s choir and bell choir,
Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St.
Friday, December 6
• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show, 233 W. Main St.• 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stoughton Antique Mall open house, 524 E. Main St.• 5:30 p.m., Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets, just east of the fire station
• 6–10 p.m., Victorian Holiday Opening Fête benefiting the American Cancer
Society Relay for Life, 206 W. Prospect St.
Saturday, December 7
• 8 a.m. – noon, United Methodist Church cookie walk, 525 Lincoln Ave., stoughtonumc.org• 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Victorian Holiday arts and craft show, River Bluff Middle School• 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Holiday shopping for kids, River Bluff Middle School cafeteria
• 9 a.m. until gone, Small Animal Advocates bake sale, Stoughton Public Library
• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show, 233 W. Main St.• 10 a.m. – noon, SHS Madrigal Singers Victorian Holiday Caroling, Strolling along downtown shops• 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stoughton Antique Mall open house, 524 E. Main St.
• Noon – 3 p.m. Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Kiwanis: Visit with Santa, cookie
decorating with Mrs. Claus, crafts for kids and face painting, Stoughton Community Building at the corner of North and 5th streets.• 1 – 3 p.m., Special activities for children - decorate a Christmas stocking for your stuffed animal or doll, The Next Generation, 161 E. Main St.
• 1:30 p.m., “The Nutcracker” ballet presented by StageWorks Projects, Inc.,
Stoughton High School, 873-0717
• 3 p.m., Stoughton Village Players: “It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show,” All profits
go to the Stoughton Food Pantry and Personal Essentials Pantry, stoughtonvillageplayers.org
• 5:30 p.m. Festively Illuminated Fire Truck Parade, Wal-Mart parking lot to fire
station• 5:30 p.m., Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets, just east of the fire station.
• 7 p.m., Stoughton Village Players: “It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show,” All profits
go to the Stoughton Food Pantry and Personal Essentials Pantry, stoughtonvillageplayers.org
• 7:30 p.m., “The Nutcracker” ballet presented by StageWorks Projects, Inc.,
Stoughton High School, 873-0717
Sunday, December 8
• 8 a.m. – noon, Breakfast with Santa, American Legion, 803 N. Page St. $8 adults, $4 for kids under 10• 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Victorian Holiday Arts and Craft Show, River Bluff Middle School
• 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Holiday Shopping for Kids, River Bluff Middle School cafeteria• 10 a.m., Dickens of a Run/Walk Sponsored by Yahara River Grocery
Cooperative 5k Run or 2k Fun Run, McFarland State Bank parking lot• 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stoughton Antique Mall Open House, 524 E. Main St.• 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show, 233 W. Main St.• 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, Stoughton Community Building at the corner of North and 5th streets
• 2 p.m. Stoughton Chamber Singers and the Bel Canto String Ensemble,
Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St.
• 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Festive Holiday Home Tour—Sponsored by American Cancer
Society Relay For Life• 5:30 p.m., Holiday Light Display, Stoughton Rotary Park at the corner of 6th and Jefferson streets, just east of the fire station
Bright lights, little city for Victorian Holiday
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group 
Stoughton residents can expect a famil-iar weekend with most of the usual events back in place for the 21st Victorian Holi-day Weekend.Laura Trotter, the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce visitor services coordina-tor, said the festival will be similar to year’s past, though an event that has seen dwindling participation was eliminated in the bed race.This year’s festival will take place the first weekend in December, with activi-ties kicking off Thursday, Dec. 5, at Stoughton Hospital with the Love Lights Ceremony. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., an ecumenical children’s choir and bell choir will perform holiday classics and attend-ees can see Christmas trees decorated in the lobby with lights and ornaments remembering deceased loved ones or honoring those who serve in the military.Friday will bring more lights, along with other activities around Stoughton.The Holiday Light Display will illumi-nate Stoughton Rotary Park with nearly 50,000 lights, another increase after the number almost doubled last year, begin-ning at 5:30 p.m. The lights will be sequenced to holiday music broadcast over FM radio.After viewing the light show, Stough-tonites will have the chance to celebrate the upcoming weekend with an “Opening Fete” from 6-10 p.m. at 206 W. Prospect St. That and other events throughout the weekend will benefit charities from around Stoughton, with proceeds from the Friday event’s silent auction going to the Relay for Life of Stoughton/Oregon/ McFarland.Other charity events over the weekend include the Holiday Home Tour on Sun-day, which also benefits the Relay for Life, a bake sale from the Small Animal Advocates on Saturday and the “Dick-ens of a Run & Walk” Sunday morning, which will benefit the Stoughton and United Methodist Food Pantries.The Saving Thyme Christmas quilt show also begins Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and continues throughout the weekend.Saturday provides a full day of enter-taining options, beginning at 8 a.m. with the United Methodist Church Cookie Walk, which goes until noon. River Bluff Middle School will be the site of the arts and crafts show and sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which will also fea-ture special treats from area restaurants. If you’d like a musical break between shopping for quilts, baked goods and crafts, the Stoughton High School Madri-gal Singers will carol downtown from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in full period costume.Afternoon events include a couple of kid-friendly options, with Santa’s Work-shop sponsored by Kiwanis from noon to 3 p.m. at the Stoughton Community Building and other special activities for
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The Holiday Light Display will light up the recently renamed Stoughton Rotary Park with nearly 50,000 lights beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The light show, which has grown each of the past couple of years (and doubled in size last year), will also be sequenced to holiday music being broadcast on the radio.
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Victorian Holiday
 A Gem Dressed as Jewels
‘Nutcracker’ to come alive in 20th anniversary performance
BILL LIVICK
Unified Newspaper Group 
Imagine dozens of young dancers clad in vibrant jew-el-toned tutus performing to the music of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”That will be the scene Saturday, Dec. 7, when StageWorks Projects marks its 20th anniversary of pro-ducing the holiday classic. Once again, a cast of about 100 from the Stough-ton Center for the Per-forming Arts will take the Stoughton High School auditorium stage to per-form the ballet. The ballet has become a key part of the city’s annual Victorian Holidays weekend.Coleen Kehl, founder and artistic director of the SCPA and StageWorks Projects, says “The Nut-cracker” ballet has become an American family tradi-tion. “Tchaikovsky’s score is so wonderful and so much a part of the holiday,” she observed.She described the story as “truly magical.”“I made the conscious decision 20 years ago to do this ballet in very vibrant  jewel tones, so visually, it was captivating,” Kehl said. “Many dance companies choose to do this ballet in pastels, and it’s beautiful, but on stage pastels tend to recede back. And I wanted all this vibrant color.”The production showcas-es local talent and features several soloists in key roles: Isabelle Genter takes the lead role, as Clara; Lauren John plays the Sugar Plum Fairy; Alicia Pliner plays Dew Drop; and the Snow Queen is played by Han-nah Thomas. Other soloists include Lauren Wendt and Kailyn Prein. Kehl noted her company never brings in guest artists to perform the solo roles.She described the cos-tumes for the performance as “stunningly beautiful.” A couple of the most expen-sive were ordered from a Russian seamstress who builds tutus for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.“Some of these tutus are worth $5,000,” Kehl said. “They are stunning – abso-lutely breathtaking.Other tutus were pur-chased in the United States and embellished by Stage-Works Productions. Kehl said members of her team designed and made all the party-girl costumes. “We’ve made everything other than a couple of the tutus,” she said. “This is handiwork from seam-stresses over the years. “As the costumes start to wear out and the fabric becomes shattered, then we have to find in the budget somewhere to build new for next year. It’s an enormous task that involves every detail of every little head-piece, every little piece of trim on a velvet dress.”Dancers in the Stage-Works Projects produc-tion range from relatively new, with just a few years experience, to members of the senior company and training Level 4 program, who’ve danced for 15 years or more.“The Nutcracker” bal-let tells the story of Christ-mas Eve at the Stahlbaums’ house, which is decorated with dazzling ornaments and a majestic Christmas tree. As the Stahlbaums prepare for their annual party, their children, Fritz and Clara, wait anxiously for family and friends to arrive. When the guests appear and the party picks up with dancing and cel-ebration, a mysterious guest arrives, whom Clara knows as Godfather Dros-selmeyer, the toymaker. The celebration is inter-rupted when Drosselmeyer reveals to the children that he has brought them gifts – beautiful china dolls for the girls and bugles for the boys. Fritz is given a beau-tiful drum, and Clara is giv-en the best gift of all – the Nutcracker. This sets up a dream sequence that includes human-sized mice in army uniforms battling toy sol-diers led by the Nutcracker, and ends with Clara riding in a sleigh alongside her prince.“I’m excited to see it come alive on the stage,” Kehl said of this year’s production, “as I am every time we step on the sacred ground of the stage. I’m  just thrilled for the perform-ers and the audience to be a part of that magic.“It’s an enormous amount of work by a lot of people behind the scenes who don’t get to take the bows at the end,” she added. “It’s  just a beautiful thing when we’ve opened up the house and here come these little girls, in their beautiful vel-vet dresses, and they’re going to the ballet.”
Photos by
Jeremy Jones
The 20th anniversary of StageWorks’ performance of the “Nutcracker” will include local soloists and mostly homemade costumes, though a few of the jewel-toned tutus were ordered by a Russian seamstress who builds them for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
If you go
What:
 “Nutcracker” ballet, by StageWorks Projects Inc.
When:
 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7
Where:
 Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center, 600 Lincoln Ave.
Tickets:
 $14
Info:
 Visit stoughtonperformingarts.com or call 873-0717
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