By Morgan Brang and Meghan Byrnes
Managing Editor for Production and Assistant Managing Editor
The Smith sisters stormed the stage at the Civic Center in “The Adventures of Rudolph,” on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. Jamesville-DeWitt High School senior Bridget Smith and her sister, sophomore Molly Smith, have both been dancing for as long as they can remember.
“The Adventures of Rudolph” is a narrative ballet directed by Deborah Boughton. According to Bridget, the cast is usually comprised of about 40 dancers, ranging in age from 7 to 17. The 2013 show marked the 35th anniversary of the first production, so the cast planned a special surprise for the live performance. They presented a gift to their dance teacher, and words from the mayor about the show were read to the audience when the show was over.
Although Bridget and Molly have their ideal parts now, a ballerina doll and Rudolph respectively, it took hard work and dedication to get to this point in their dancing careers. Being a dancer for 14 years has allowed Bridget to be a part of “The Adventure of Rudolph” for seven years. In those seven years she played the part of a soldier, an elf, a snowman, and finally reached her goal of playing the part of a ballerina doll. Molly has been dancing since she was 4 and this is her eighth year in the show. Throughout those years she has played many different parts including the character Lily, a soldier, an elf, and now Rudolph. “Ever since I was little I always knew I wanted to be Rudolph,” said Molly about achieving her goal.
Performing together as sisters is something unique that Bridget and Molly get to experience in “The Adventures of Rudolph.” Even their younger sister Greta Smith was in the show as a soldier. “It’s really fun to perform as sisters,” said Molly. “It’s like someone is always there for you.” The Smith sisters say they always give each other funny looks when on stage.
Rehearsals started back in October and it usually takes the cast around three months to get the performance fully prepared. “The rehearsals are always so long but they are going well,” said Molly. “All of our hard work is going to pay off in the end,” added Molly about her predictions for the performance. “I just hope it goes well,” added Bridget.
During this show in particular, the audience interacts with the cast throughout the show. For both Bridget and Molly, this is their favorite part about dancing in this show. Bridget enjoys hearing the children’s reactions while she is performing. “The kids in the audience talk to you and you get a better reaction,” added Molly. Because Molly is Rudolph, she also gets to fly, which is another highlight for her.
Junior Carly Stone went to the performance and was very pleased. “It was great because it involved the audience,” said Stone. “My little sister could talk to Rudolph.”
For Bridget and Molly, the show went very well and lived up to all of their expectations. Molly plans on doing the show again next year, but for Bridget, the 2013 performance was her last. “It’s sad that it’s over, but I’m excited to be able to go watch it next year,” said Bridget.