“A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas” Returns December 1 – 3, 2023
Expanded Schedule, Christmas Tea Party Await App Theatre Audiences
BOONE, NC – For the fourth consecutive year, having experienced sold out performances in
each of their first three seasons at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, “A Carolina
Snowbelle Christmas” returns to the venerable, state-of-the-art facility with an expanded
performance schedule of four public performances and an encore family event to enhance their
standing as the region’s newest must-see family holiday tradition.
This stage spectacular takes audience members on new adventures and dancers tap dance
their way from the Arctic glaciers of the North Pole to the city streets of Manhattan in New York
City with a cast of 32 new, emerging, and established artists gracing the App Theatre stage in a
series of elaborately choreographed works.
Four live performances are scheduled to “kick-off” (pun intended) the 2023 holiday season
beginning with an 8 p.m. curtain on Friday, December 1 and continuing with two Saturday shows
at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on December 2 and a closing matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
December 3. Tickets for all four events range from $18 to $30 each and are now available 24/7
via the App Theatre’s online ticketing system at www.apptheatre.org. Note that customers can
avoid online service fees by visiting the lobby box office between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from
Tuesday through Friday, or one hour prior to showtime for each performance.
In addition, the second annual “A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas Tea Experience” will take
place after the Sunday performance from 4 to 7 p.m. in the festively decorated Community Room
above the lobby area of the landmark venue at 559 West King Street in downtown Boone, NC.
There is a link on the App Theatre website to reserve seats for this family-friendly event.
The 2023 edition of A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas will begin on a 1940s style radio show
where we meet the cast as they sing and dance to Christmas City while highlighting the unique
Snowbelle-Sisterhood. A largest ever cast of Snowflurries (the troupe’s youngest members) will
tap and kick us into an Arctic Adventure where we mingle in style with penguins, snowmen,
reindeer and, of course, Founder Cheryl Cutlip as “Mamma Snowbelle.”
Brand new is a 12 minute scene called “The Nutcracker Twist ” as conceived by Brooke Handy.
Her unique creative vision will send you into some unexpected but sweet landscapes of
contemporary choreography. Joining her is choreographer Ava Jean Cutlip with a precision
version of “The Sugarplum Fairy.”
Returning to the stage this year by popular demand is Bradley Parquette’s touching work “Silent
Night.” The dancers celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and the wonder of the season with
a memorable piece by Sarah Matzke titled, “Joyful, Joyful.” The program also includes Krista
Saab Bennett’s humorous “Man with the Bag,” in addition to a few surprises tucked into the show
that audiences are sure to enjoy.
The Carolina Snowbelles are a precision dance company formed in 2015 under the umbrella of
The Project Dance Foundation, a movement of dancers seeking to positively impact culture
through artistic integrity. Precision dance incorporates tap and jazz styles while teaching skills
of teamwork, self-esteem, mentorship and community involvement. Their mission is to equip and
encourage dancers aged ten and up in this unique style of dance through training and performing
Founder and Executive Director Cheryl Cutlip says, “The Carolina Snowbelles are a 100%
scholarship program and participation is obtained through an audition process and based solely
on merit.” The troupe trains for three hours weekly and appears in local parades, community and
theatre performances, and as far away as Washington, DC where they performed on the
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in December 2018 and New
York City where they performed at Project Dance Times Square in 2022.
A North Carolina native who began her early career at Opryland USA and Tokyo’s Disneyland,
Cutlip is a former NYC Rockette and Assistant Choreographer of The Radio City Christmas
Spectacular, dancing with the group from 1993 through 2008 and appeared in one-on-one
interviews with Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Larry King. Cutlip performed onstage with Liza
Minnelli, Sting, and Tony Bennett, and appeared in the Broadway National Tour of Crazy for
You, European Tour of 42nd Street, and a benefit performance with the stars of Mack and
For more information about The Carolina Snowbelles, visit the organization’s website at
www.thecarolinasnowbelles.com. For tickets, go to the box office at www.apptheatre.org