As well as gathering around the dinner table Thanksgiving Day, family and friends of Maggie Wakefield will gather around the television.

 Maggie was selected through a national video audition to be a cast member in Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, which will be aired on NBC on Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon.

The auditions were coordinated by Camp Broadway, a theater-arts enrichment company based in New York with 10 locations throughout America, including Atlanta, where Maggie attends.

At the parade, Maggie and 127 camp classmates will walk the 2.4-mile route and perform between 10 a.m and noon at Herald Square in front of Macy’s department store.

The students will travel to New York and participate in five days of rehearsals, workshops and classes, leading up to an ensemble performance of Irving Berlin’s song “This is a Great Country.”

The medley is directed by Brad Bradley whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Billy Elliot, the Musical.”

Maggie, an eighth-grader at the Donoho School, has been a member of Camp Broadway summer camp for two years.

“Camp Broadway is the closest thing to the Broadway experience that I can imagine,” she said. “We learn choreography, voice and stage presence from current actors, some of whom are on Broadway now.”

In their delivery, each performer will remember immediate family members of active duty military personnel from the United States armed forces. Maggie remembers her grandfather, World War II veteran Martin Wakefield.

At Donoho, Maggie has been in three drama productions, plays volleyball and soccer, has participated in a Jacksonville State University theater camp and makes it a point to see Broadway productions.

Maggie is one of three students from Alabama selected to be in the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Holden Dunlap from Abbeville and Mary-Camila Klotz from Fairhope were also chosen.

Maggie is the daughter of Deborah Ann and Bill Wakefield of Anniston.

Area viewers are advised that the Camp Broadway performance will be televised sometime between 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday.

Painted rocks for ‘Nutcracker’

They are hidden, but they can be found. Painted rocks created by local students for a community treasure hunt have been placed in parks, playground equipment, around tree trunks and in city gardens. They are all actually in view — if you really look for them.

In order to spread the word about the Dec. 3 performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Alabama Ballet, the Knox Concert Series is joining a national trend to support its production by enlisting the help of students and the work of their hands.

As part of the educational outreach, the ballet’s story has been shared in classrooms by Knox volunteers. Afterwards, the students decorated the rocks provided for them with a colorful picture and/or a message.

On the bottom of the rock is information on where to post a picture once the rock is found.

If you find a rock, post a picture of it on Instagram @knoxconcertseries, and/or on Facebook at Knox Concert Series. You can either keep the rock or re-hide it.

Save the date for holiday music

The excitement of Christmas comes early in this area, and the JSU/Community Orchestra and the Oxford Community Chorus rise to the occasion with concerts, both on Nov. 28.

The orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church, featuring Antonio Corelli’s Christmas Concerto.

The 57-member Oxford chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, with holiday songs on the program. Both concerts are free.

Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at herveyfolsom@yahoo.com.

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