by Jeff Laughlin


Normally, opera lovers go inside to see the talent, but on March 20, Piedmont Opera Executive Director Frank Dickerson, brought the performance outside. He celebrated the success his theater has had this year in downtown Winston-Salem by dancing to music from The Nutcracker in a full tutu with a tiara.

Onlookers enjoyed nearly an hour of shenanigans in front of the Stevens Center before he packed his outfit away. Dickerson had much to dance about. Piedmont Opera announced that they had made more than $100,000 in sales of their production of The Barber of Seville, eclipsing their monetary goal by more than 10 percent. In addition, season tickets are now on sale for the 2013-2014 season, which includes seats for Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Dickinson expects the next year to be even bigger, so there is no telling what he will volunteer to wear then.