Having been in the company for the past 19 seasons, the couple also celebrate this holiday as their first as parents to baby Lucas, born April 6.
On returning to the stage, Mrs. Welker said, “I won’t sugar coat it, it’s been a hard road to get back into dancing condition after having my son Lucas. Harder than I anticipated. So I am really enjoying all the moments I have back on stage.”
She will be dancing the role of Mrs. Petrov, the mother of Marya, the ballet’s main character. John will be dancing the roles of Cavalier and Drosselmeyer.
The production will run through Dec. 29. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at (855) 285-8499 or online at www.atlantaballet.com. Group ticket sales can be purchased at (404) 873-5811, ext. 207.
On having his wife back in the cast, Welker said it’s great to see her on stage again.
“It makes me realize how much I’ve missed her,” he said. “Christine has such a beautiful, natural presence, it’s hard not to just look at her any time she’s on stage.”
Dancing the role of two characters can be tiring, but Welker said it has been interesting. Both characters have a unique part of the production, Cavalier being a prince and Drosselmeyer being a magician.
Being in the “Nutcracker,” Welker said he and his wife enjoy seeing the excitement of the audience during the holidays.
“[We enjoy it] whether it’s a family who comes every year because it’s their holiday tradition or someone who sees it and is reminded of their childhood,” he said. “But most of all it’s the children in the audience, that are the ones we enjoy performing for the most.”