Spotlight on The TCFAF Nutcracker – Laura McGinty
Principal Dancer for Pages to Pirouettes, Laura McGinty, will play the lead role of Marie in the upcoming TCFAF production of The Nutcracker. Laura is thrilled to be coming back to TCI this November to star in her favorite holiday story. She admits that as a child she had Nutcracker dolls of her own with which she would decorate her bedroom and dance! She confesses that she actually performed in the ballet long before she ever saw it as an audience member.
Laura explains her role of Marie as a young girl who is very excited about the holiday. She can be a bit of an imp, but never manages to get into too much trouble. She is at that sweet in-between age where she still has the dreams of an optimistic child coupled with the fears of growing up. Laura says, “I really enjoy playing her because she really does believe in magic!”
“This is a role that I have performed for many years. I first performed it when I was very young. It was a production where two different girls played Marie – one young in the first act, then an older mature dancer takes over the role in the second act. I like our version, having the same dancer play Marie throughout the entire ballet. I still need to rehearse many times a week for months ahead of time to prepare properly.”
Laura has performed in Pages to Pirouettes/TCFAF productions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in the spring of 2009 at Brayton Hall and many of the local TCI schools. She has worked with TCFAF and the Edward C. Gartland Youth Center for the past two summers at acting camp in 2009 and Nutcracker camp in 2010.
Besides the Nutcracker, Laura’s extensive stage experience includes La Fille Mal Garde, Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Quatre, Raymonda, Cinderella, and Coppelia. She has done a lot of contemporary choreography and has worked with Modern Dance Companies. She also has put her dance training to use in many theater productions. Her favorite theater role has been The Wicked Witch of The West in The Wizard of Oz.
Hailing from Bakerville, Connecticut in the USA, she received her formative training from The Nutmeg Ballet in Connecticut, graduated from their Vaganova Syllabus training, and then went on to The North Carolina School of the Arts. She now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, where she works as a full time biochemist, when she is not dancing. She still finds time to enjoy yoga, running, reading, and her favorite pastime — spending time with her three children – Margaux, John and Mary!
You can see Laura perform Marie in The TCFAF Nutcracker at Brayton Hall this December 2, 3, 4, and 5. Tickets are available at The Unicorn Bookstore and The Saltmills Diner.