December 2, 2017

Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Beth Fowler

Interview conducted by: Jesse Moore - Egyptian Theatre Intern

It’s that time of the year again! The Beth Fowler Dance Company is producing its time honored, annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” ballet this 2017 holiday season, celebrating 24-years! “The Nutcracker” is the featured event at the Egyptian Theatre the weekend of December 1st through December 3rd. If patrons are unable to attend the Egyptian Theatre shows, this production will also be presented at the St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois, on December 9th and December 10th. For more information on these shows, click here. The Egyptian Theatre cherishes our relationship with the Beth Fowler Dance Company, and we recently interviewed Beth about her upcoming productions of “The Nutcracker”.

(Beth Fowler of BFDS)

Jesse: Where did your love of dance come from?

Beth: Early in life I was best friends with a girl whose father taught dance. I soon thereafter, at 13-years-old, began dancing professionally; and, at 15 I opened my own dance school. From then on, I knew that this would be my life-long calling and career.

Jesse: What keeps you inspired today?

Beth: Watching my dancers grow, both professionally and personally, is what keeps me going. My students are like my own children. I watch them grow up in my school, and then I go to their weddings and watch their children grow up. This family inspires me everyday.

(The Nutcracker: Drosselmeyer in the Party Scene)

Jesse: What do you find particularly special about acrobatics as a dance format?

Beth: ‘Acro’ challenges our dancers. The more skills our dancers learn now, the more opportunities they will have in their futures. This is why our dance programs offer such diverse training, yet ballet is at the foundation of it all.

Jesse: What do you most enjoy about producing “The Nutcracker”?

Beth: I LOVE that the dancers are always so enthusiastic about putting on this show each and every year! They all look forward to making progress, and everyone gets into the Christmas spirit.

Jesse: What show has been your favorite to produce?

Beth: We created an original ballet in 2013 titled “A Storybook Ballet” of the 4 short stories of Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty & the Beast. Since we rotate our March ballets every fifth-year, the waiting is over and we will be presenting “A Storybook Ballet” in March, 2018. We are so excited; this is one of our favorites!

(The Nutcracker: Snow in the Enchanted Forest Scene)

Jesse: Why did you bring this show to the Egyptian Theatre, and what keeps you coming back?

Beth: We were in need of more space to put on more elaborate productions. I was excited that the Egyptian Theatre would provide the audience a professional theatre experience and not so far from home. Now, the Egyptian Theatre truly is our home. We have been back since 1992, and Executive Director Alex Nerad and his staff have continuously brought my greatest visions to life!

Jesse: With such an extensive list of quality faculty, do you ever consider expanding your instructor roster or number of facilities?

Beth: I am always looking for new ways to expand my school and the number and quality of opportunities that we offer our dancers! For example, we have a new and exciting partnership with the YMCA that will increase our outreach. It’s all about the children and what we can do for them!

Parents, remember that your child’s ticket also includes a backstage meet and greet with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and friends! This applies to all Egyptian Theatre and St. Charles North High School shows.

For our schedule of events, click here!

Tickets now on sale for our December 10th showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life” being show in its original format of 35mm film!

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