Behind the Scenes at the Nutcracker
Junior Communications major Amelia Cordischi -- who specializes in Media Arts, PR, and Marketing and manages Simmons Radio -- provides a rare view behind the curtain of the Boston Ballet's iconic Nutcracker. We caught up with Amelia to learn more about this unique experience and her tips for getting involved on campus.
- Why did you choose Simmons?
- I originally heard of the college through my Mom who graduated from Simmons in 1988. However, my decision was solidified when I visited the campus. I love the location, the diversity, and the small class sizes.
- How long have you been part of Simmons Radio?
- I joined Simmons Radio during my first year after hearing about them during the Connections Carnival. Since then, I have hosted my show "The Find "which highlights new musical artists in the area as well as globally. I had the privilege of participating in a press conference with Gloria Steinem when she visited last spring, served as the commentator for the station's coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election, and was selected as a reporter for the Boston Film Festival 2012. These wonderful experiences compelled me to want to be more involved in the station. I recently became the manager of the station. Part of this role requires my involvement in increasing social media and the radio's recognition on campus.
- How did you come up with the concept for the Nutcracker video?
- The Boston Ballet contacted Simmons College via one of our social media outlets with the aid of a Simmons alumna who works there. The invitation was to come and view one of their practices. Since my first response is to capture any event visually, I arrived with my camera in hand. After viewing the practice and capturing it with my lens, I was given the opportunity to interview one of the dancers. I did not initially know how I would translate this story to my Simmons Radio listeners. I did know I wanted to share this unique experience with the rest of the Simmons community and the idea for the video was born.
- Is the Nutcracker your favorite Boston holiday tradition?
- The Nutcracker without a doubt is one of my favorites. This particular Nutcracker performance is unbelievable. The costumes have been changed from years past and are exquisite. The set is grand. My favorite is the snow scene. I do not have one particular Holiday tradition. I just love the vibe in the city during the holidays; the decorations, the bustle of the shoppers, and the beautiful tree at the Prudential.
- What are your future career goals?
- I hope to utilize my skills with the camera. I love to capture and tell stories that inspire others. Simmons has been a great place to gain those skills and the confidence to do that. Both Simmons and Boston as a whole have been great places to inspire and encourage the dream.
- Any advice for students who want to get involved at Simmons?
- Acknowledge your passion and then find clubs or organizations on campus that help you work within that passion. There is something here for everybody. The radio station has been a great outlet for me. I have found people who share my love of music and the arts, who love to share what they learn with others, and are creatively driven.