The Metropolitan School of the Arts celebrates the holiday season with “Santa Spectacular” shows in Alexandria, Springfield, and the National Harbor in the next few weeks until Christmas. Full production of The Nutcracker Ballet will be held at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8.
According to the Alexandria Gazette, “The “Santa Spectacular” features popular holiday characters, including Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, and friends in a 25-minute show, with a brand new number called “Peppermint Stick Parade.” The school will perform at charities and communities during the holiday season. Founder of the college preparatory performing arts school, Melissa Dobbs, says she hopes that audience members will “leave performances feeling uplifted, inspired and full of joy.”
As per Alexandria Gazette, “Dobbs founded the school 20 years ago while trying to find a quality dance program for her daughter. To that end, she decided to start a school that would be nurturing and joyful, reflecting the “flourishing arts community” she had grown up in to become a professional dancer. “I hope that Metropolitan brings joy to the lives of our community through the arts. Whether by way of taking a dance class, learning to sing or play the piano or watching The Nutcracker, my goal is for anyone and everyone who encounters MSA to leave with a heart full of light and joy,” said Dobbs.”