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Mornings unPHILtered - Lead dancers talk 'The Nutcracker'
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In this photo from the 2008 production of "The Nutcracker," Norbert Nirewicz dances the part of the toy soldier doll during a rehearsal. Nirewicz will play the role again this year.
    Thursday's first guests on the “Mornings unPHILtered” show were ballet stars Stacey Slichter and Norbert Nirewicz.
    The team will dance “The Nutcracker” performances that began Thursday at the Averitt Center. Working with some 80 local children from the Statesboro Youth Ballet is an interesting experience, Slichter said. It has almost become her second home, she said, as she is now working with the same children again.
    Slichter told host Phil Boyum that she started dancing professionally at the age of 17. After graduating from the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Fla., she worked with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida; The Sarasota Opera; Ballet Eddy Toussaint; Ballet Memphis; and The Atlanta Ballet. Eventually Slichter decided to go out and be a free-lance dance.
    In addition to allowing her to chose what plays she will perform in, it also gives her much more time to do other things, which include teach. Nirewicz said he trained with the Polish National Theater, and then went to Venezuela where he danced with the Ballet Classico de Camara.
    After that, Norewicz came to the United States, where he performed with the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet and the Columbia City Ballet.
    He actually met his future wife on stage. They have established a ballet family, with all the moms and dads in Statesboro, who make it a really fun place to come back to, he said.
    “The Nutcracker “is the quintessential play to perform, Slichter said, and Nirewicz added that the play is so much fun.
    The two also have Roswell and then Dublin on their Nutcracker schedules that follow the Statesboro performance, and have become quite used to working together. For more information on the Nutcracker performance, go to or call 912-212-2787.
    Boyum next welcomed Steve Chester to the show. Chester came to talk about the Second Annual Turkey Trot to be held on Saturday in Statesboro. He said he anticipates some 200 racers signing up. The 5-K race registration will be held in front of the courthouse beginning at 7:30 a.m., although most people have pre-registered online at
    The race itself begins at 9 a.m. Some entrants will actually walk the course. The Farmers Market will be going on as the race is being run, so people can shop while the racers are out on the course. The runners go down Savannah Avenue, up East Jones, on part of the Willie McTell Trail, past the Recreation Center and then end up back at the Court House.
    Half the proceeds from the race will go to the “Statesboro Downtown Farmers Market” program, and the other half goes to the “Foundation for Public Education.” The first, second, and third place runners will get awards. Last year's winner was Stephen Gonzalez, with a time of 16:02.3; second place went to Hank Campbell with a time of 17:42.9, and third place went to Phillip Brunson with a time of 18:14.6.
        “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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