Run time for The Nutcracker is two hours, including a 20 minute intermission.
Professional Guest Artists
Our professional guest artists' performances are made possible by the support of John & Beth Raidel.
Alexa Goldberg - Sugar Plum Fairy
Alexa started ballet at the age 3 of in Dublin, Ohio. She trained there with BalletMet Columbus until the age of 14, performing in multiple company productions throughout the years. At 14 she began training at Columbus City Ballet School under the direction of Shir Lee Wu, performing often and competing and placing top 12 at Youth America Grand Prix multiple years in a row.
After graduating high school, Alexa spent 3 years as an Apprentice with Carolina Ballet, performing in almost all company shows and working closely with Mark Diamond and Patricia McBride. In 2013, Alexa became a soloist at The Georgia Ballet and has greatly enjoyed her years in the company. She has performed many roles, with some of her favorites being Dew Drop in The Nutcracker and Katrina in Sleepy Hollow. Alexa is still in the company at The Georgia Ballet and is also acting as the Recreational Division Director of the School of The Georgia Ballet.
Murillo Barbosa - Cavalier
Born in Goiânia, Brazil, Murillo moved to the U.S. at a young age. He trained many years in musical theatre before starting dance. In search for more dance training for musical theatre, Murillo started dancing at a small Christian studio in Cartersville, GA, Steps of Faith Dance Studio, where he fell in love with the art form. Murillo then went on to receive most of his ballet training from the School of The Georgia Ballet by Orlando Molina, Daet Rodriguez, Magit Peguero and Ashleyanne Hensley. Murillo has also received training from the Milwaukee Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet. In the 2016-2017 season, he danced as a student trainee with The Georgia Ballet. The following year he danced professionally with the company until 2020. He is now dancing with California Ballet Company in San Diego. Murillo has had the opportunity to dance in many ballets such as Coppelia, The Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker, Raymonda, John Darling in Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Escamillo in Carmen Suite, Actaeon in Diana and Actaeon, La Fille mal Garde, Brom in Sleepy Hollow and Paquita.