Fisher Academy of Ballet presents the holiday tradition, "The Nutcracker" at the Orpheum in Foxboro MA on December 15th, 2013. This is a student production with a cast of local dancers from several towns and studios in the area. Studios represented are:
Fisher Academy of Ballet
Foxboro Classical Ballet
Angel School of Performing Arts
A Dancer's World
South Shore Ballet Theater
Elite Dance Center
Janet Keaney's School of Dance
Le Studio Danse
The Nutcracker is a great first time ballet for children and adults alike. It's a magical story about a girl who receives a Nutcracker for Christmas.
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY: Kristina Liu, Festival Ballet Providence
Ms. Liu started dancing at the Conservatory Ballet in Reston, VA under the direction of Julia Cziller Redick. She continued her training at Butler University where she received her Bachelors degree. She also attended summer programs at Orlando Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and ABT. She has performed roles in the Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Raymonda, Coppelia, and contemporary pieces choreographed by Cynthia Pratt and Michael Johnson. Currently she performs with the Festival Ballet in Providence, Rhode Island. Kristina joins us to perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
CAVALIER: Vincent Brewer, Festival Ballet Providence
A native of Great Barrington, MA, Vincent trained with the Albany Berkshire Ballet and Berkshire Pulse in Western Massachusetts. He furthered his dance training at Indiana University on scholarships from the Jacob's School of Music and the Hutton Honors College, graduating with a B.S. in Ballet. At Indiana University, Mr. Brewer danced the male principals in Valse Fantaisie, Allegro Brilliante, and Glinka Pas de Trois (Balanchine), Melancholic in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, and Cavalier, Snow Prince, and Trepak in Michael Vernon's Nutcracker. He also performed works by Ashton, Tudor, Tharp, and Nijinska. He has danced with Eglevsky Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing Flower Festival at Genzano and Balanchine's Tarantella with Eglevsky Ballet. Mr. Brewer is a company member in his third season with Festival Ballet Providence. Vincent joins us to perform the role of the Cavalier.
CLARA: Caileen Hayes, Fisher Academy of Ballet
Caileen is a level 3 ballet student at Fisher Academy of Ballet. Caileen began her training at the South Shore Ballet Theater and has been studying ballet twice per week at Fisher Academy of Ballet for the past two years. She is also a competitive figure skater.
DEW DROP FAIRY & SNOW QUEEN:
Audrey Larson, Fisher Academy of Ballet
Audrey is a level 5 student at Fisher Academy of Ballet and at South Shore Ballet Theater. She has been dancing for 7 years and dances 4 days per week. She is performing the roles of Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy as well as the Kissing Doll.
RUSSIAN DANCE SOLOIST: Ksenya Hentisz, Syzokryli Dance Ensemble
Ksenya is a Ukrainian Folk Dancer and member of the Syzokryli dance ensemble, Obriy, and other folk groups. She studies ballet with New York's Steps on Broadway. While in high school Miss Hentisz was a member of the New Jersey Ballet's Junior Company and participated in performances at New Jersey Performing Arts and the Papermill Playhouse, among other venues.
MOTHER GINGER: Gina deFreias, Elevation Aerial & Circus Arts
With roots in Boston, dance and performing brought her to NYC where she studied at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, and New Dance Group. She studied Circus in NYC and all over US. Coaches include Elsie Smith of NE Center for Circus Arts and Elena Panova of SF Circus Center to name a few. She has performed in many theatrical and corporate productions, musicals, circuses and dance concerts in theaters and NYC, Boston and on tour all over the US and internationally. Most recently she choreographed the dance numbers as well as the aerial ballet for a touring circus. Gina join us as Mother Ginger.
DROSSELMEYER: Bruce Morin
NUTCRACKER PRINCE: Brianna Litsey, Le Studio Danse
GRANDMOTHER: Rosemary Samadeo
CORPS DE BALLET AND DIVERTISSEMENTS:
The Stahlbaums are giving a Christmas Party. Clara and Fritz, their children, greet the guests. The parents give toys to all the children. Suddenly, a mysterious person arrives. It turns out to be Clara's Uncle Drosselmeyer, the toymaker. He entertains the children with his magical tricks and show everyone his amazing life-size mechanical wind-up dolls.
Drosselmeyer brings a special gift for Clara - a wooden nutcracker. While she is dancing with it, her brother Fritz, teasing her, tries to grab it from her, as they fight over it, they accidentally drop it and break it. Drosselmeyer quickly repairs it.
The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaums retire for the night. Clara awakens and creeps back into the living room to see her Nutcracker. The clock strikes midnight. Suddenly, the room fills with giant mice who attack Clara. Her Uncle Drosselmeyer appears and scares the mice away. But, it seems that Drosselmeyer is no ordinary toy maker, he is a magician and he begins to cast spells on the room, making the Christmas Tree grow larger, making giant toy soldiers appear and transforming her Nutcracker into a prince. Drosselmeyer disappears and the mice return. The soldiers, led by the valiant Nutcracker, come to Clara's rescue. The Mouse King attacks the Nutcracker, and the Nutcracker seems to be losing, but Clara hits the Mouse King with her shoe, distracting him so that the Nutcracker wins the battle.
The walls melt away, and suddenly Clara and the Nutcracker prince find themselves outside in the snow. The Snow Queen greets them, and when she finds out how Clara saved the prince, she calls for a sleigh to honor them by taking them to the Kingdom of the Sweets. Her magical Snowflake fairies swirl around and dance, bringing snow and Clara and the Nutcracker Prince depart for the Kingdom of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh led by reindeer.
Angels light the hall of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Palace in the Kingdom of the Sweets. The Sugar Plum Fairy has had word of the arrival of guests and calls on the inhabitants of her kingdom to come to the palace and greet the guests. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince arrive in their sleigh. The Sugar Plum Fairy asks them to tell their story. When she hears of their valour, the Sugar Plum Fairy honors Clara by crowning her and seating her on a throne with her Nutcracker. She calls upon her subjects to dance and entertain them. The dances include "chocolate", a Spanish Dance; "coffee", an Arabian Dance; and "tea", a Chinese Dance. Clara is also entertained by "Marzipan"-the dance of the Reed Pipes, Mother Ginger and her children, a Russian dance, and the Waltz of the Flowers. Then, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier dance a grand pas de deux. As the celebration draws to a close, the sleigh arrives to take Clara and the Prince home. Clara awakens under the Christmas tree with her wooden Nutcracker.
The Orpheum Theater
1 School St
Foxboro, MA 02035
|Minimum Age: 3|
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