Reason for the season: BADA presents ‘Unto Us A Son’ Wednesday and Thursday

By Briona Kiser
Times-News correspondent

Members of the BADA production of "Unto Us A Son" perform a scene from the show Saturday. Scott Muthersbaugh / Times-News

   Through Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts’ performances of “Unto Us A Son,” Western Alamance High School junior Victoria Maness hopes “the audience will get a sense of what Christmas is really about.”
Maness, who performs as the Guiding Angel, said “my desire is someone, somewhere in the audience is touched by our performance and discovers something about God and seeks a closer relationship with Him, which they did not have before.”
   Performances will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus.
Although many are anxious to see this classic in person, none are as excited as the many teachers and performers who have worked countless hours to perfect this production.
“My favorite part of the entire show is when the baby is born,” said Virginia Duport, teacher, choreographer and ballet program director at Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA). Patty Brothers, ballet teacher and owner of BADA, said she feels the same way.
“The birth of baby Jesus is the most moving part of the entire production,” Brothers added.
BADA has performed “Unto Us A Son” for more than 20 years, and each year, new things are incorporated to awe the audience. This year, baby Jesus is played by Sally Louise Duport, daughter of Virginia and Drew Duport, who play Mary and Joseph.
Taylor King, part of the trio in Little Town of Bethlehem, has danced in the production during the last three years. She is a senior at Western Alamance High School, so this will be her last year performing.
“Once I graduate, the thing I will miss most about BADA is all the friends I’ve made here. We are all so close and dance so well together,” she said.
As the year comes to a close, BADA and the dancers will give one last performance to celebrate the reason for the season. Be sure to get your tickets now, and prepare yourself for a jolly good experience.

Tickets are $10 for general seating, $12 for reserved seating and group rates are available. Visit or call (336) 584-6727.



Briona Kiser is a senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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