Ella Machut rehearsing "The Nutcracker" in quarantine. Photo from Kerri Machut

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On Dec. 4, the RoundTable announced that it would publish photos of people wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, and already many of you have responded.

Kerri Machut sent this photo of her 13-year-old daughter, Ella, along with this note:

“Ella is passionate about ballet! She has done the A Fairy Tale Ballet’s Repertory Theatre at St. Matthew’s church for 10 years, and the highlight every year is the annual Nutcracker production. The school, incredibly, said, ‘The show must go on’ this year, and they are filming a wonderful and creative virtual production. They have reimagined the entire show into small scenes with only a few girls at a time, filmed outdoors despite the cold weather, with masks.

“Here she is earlier this fall filming ‘Snow.’ Her teacher gave each girl materials to decorate their masks for the production. ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ is recorded entirely on Zoom from each girl’s home. With the Governor’s orders, they had to stop in person filming, so the final scenes will be delayed until it’s safe to dance together again. Even if the Nutcracker isn’t ready until spring, it will be appreciated more than ever this year. Their school and these girls are amazing – please feature them.”

The RoundTable’s pledge was an early response to President-elect Joe Biden’s statement that he will ask all Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days after his inauguration on Jan. 20.

Please send us a photo of you or a family member or friend wearing a mask or face covering that protects against the spread of COVID-19. Holiday-themed, whimsical, personalize or standard – we welcome them all. Send to editor@evanstonroundtable.com. If you would like to add a brief comment, we would welcome that as well.