JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The vacation fantasy “The Nutcracker” could have Clara and her Nutcracker prince dancing their means by way of the classical ballet.
Performances will likely be offered by the Johnstown Live performance Ballet at 7:30 pm Dec. 2 and a pair of pm Dec. 3 on the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Heart on the College of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus in Richland Township.
Bethany Thomas, the corporate’s inventive director, stated “The Nutcracker” will not be solely a practice for the corporate, but in addition for the group.
“We (the Johnstown Live performance Ballet) will likely be at an occasion in the course of summer time, or I will be out in public, and I will be requested if we will likely be doing ‘The Nutcracker’ this yr, so the group actually seems to be ahead to it in a means that we do, too,” she stated.
“All of us actually get pleasure from doing it and bringing it to our group. It is a good Christmas present that we are able to all give to one another.”
Thomas stated she incorporates some modifications to the ballet annually to present it a recent search for audiences.
“We attempt to modify costumes yearly so there’s one thing new to look ahead to,” she stated.
“We additionally change the choreography subtly, as we now have this custom ranging from my predecessor’s work with Carla (Prucnal).
“I do not need to change issues dramatically or re-choreograph the complete ballet, however I can tweak issues and make the choreography a little bit bit completely different so it isn’t the identical actual present the place you might purchase a DVD and watch.”
Thomas stated folks proceed to be drawn to “The Nutcracker” as a result of it is such a magical ballet.
“It is a ballet about a little bit lady on Christmas, and she or he has this dream a few land with a prince, and it is fabricated from sweet, and it is candy and great,” she stated.
“It is extremely family-friendly and straightforward to grasp. It is a heartwarming time of yr, and seeing this ballet a few lady having these great Christmas desires is so thrilling.”
This yr, firm alumni have been invited to participate within the ballet’s social gathering scene.
“We could not do what we do with out our alumni help,” Thomas stated.
“I feel ‘The Nutcracker’ has such a particular place in dancer’s hearts and it means a lot. I’ve had ladies inform me it does not really feel like Christmas with out it, so alumni actually get pleasure from coming again and attending to expertise that once more.”
The coveted function of Clara will likely be carried out by Helena Kycko, a sophomore at United Excessive College, and Josie Hill, a seventh-grader at Westmont Hilltop Excessive College.
“The Claras are working so arduous and are so devoted,” Thomas stated.
“They’ve embraced the function. They’ve been studying choreography and training on their very own. In the event that they get a notice, they’re writing it down in notebooks to ensure they bear in mind it.”
Pittsburgh dancer Carson Russo will dance the function of the prince.
Zane Kendig and Chase Bennethum landed the comedic function of Clara’s brother, Fritz.
Skilled dancers from Pittsburgh could have a few of the principal roles.
They embody Geneive Robinson, Sugar Plum; Ernest Tolentino, Drosselmyer; and Jailen Riley and James Streit, Espresso/Spice dancers.
Father Christmas will likely be portrayed by John Barnes.
Different roles will likely be danced by members of the group.
Feminine friends are Alexandra D’Arrigo, Jeanne Arcurio, Shannon Ford, Julia Kane, Heather Mack, Kara Miller, Eileen Pears, Karen Soliday, Samantha Stevanus, Tiffany Taha, Sarah Teich and Nicole Zajdel.
Male friends embody Isaac Berkey, Jeff Boback, Damian Byer, Jay Kycko, William Marsh, Nathaniel Mikula, Tyler Stevanus, Basil Taha, Jude Taha, Alan Teich, John Wozniak and Ray Zwick.
Senior firm members are Lena Bennethum, Ava Berkey, Bella Dixon, Meara Gleason, Josie Hill, Helena Kycko, Taylor Ling, Haley Mosorjak, Lucia Niida, Ivy Peterman, Regan Reynolds, Alana Respet, Olivia Tallari and Tia Yannitelli.
Junior firm members are Chase Bennethum, Zane Kendig, Meradi Knapp, Hazel Peterman, Emily Thompson, Kaelyn Deater, Mackenzie Kendig, Senya Malcolm, Angelica Marsh, Jordyn Oherrick, Alaina Tallari, Abigail Graham, Addison Greenwell, Jocelyn Furdella, Laci Hutchinson, Havana Kycko, Sophia Krum, Emerson Manges, Raeleigh McKool, Saige Myers, Elizabella Stevanus, Margaret Zajdel, Lillian Kendig, Aurora Krupa, Adeline Lokesak, Emma Mack, Isla Paskowski, Hannah Saylor, Alivia Cole, Peyton Hutchison, Harper Salat, Shelby Salat, Leyton Smalley, Shionna Smith, Aubriella Stevanus, Sophia Botka, Leia Carrick, and Catherine Strom.
Thomas stated the dancers have been working arduous to current top-notch performances.
‘Large finale piece’
“They have been studying dances in a short time,” she stated.
“’Waltz of the Flowers’ is our huge finale piece and it often takes me a few weeks to show it, however we completed it in three courses the place the ladies knew all of the choreography and the place they’re presupposed to be. The dancers have been taking it critically and they’re doing so effectively with it.”
Thomas added that individuals who see the reveals will likely be impressed on the high quality of the performances.
“We’ve an unbelievable quantity of expertise in Johns-town, from our group members to our alumni to our dancers who’re coaching,” she stated.
“About 90% of this ballet comes from proper out of this space and that’s actually superb.”
Thomas hopes that audiences will really feel the enjoyment of Christmas when watching the ballet.
“I hope they proceed to expertise this vacation magic and revel in it with us,” Thomas stated.
“We need to proceed to be one thing folks love to come back see across the holidays.”
Tickets are $22 and might be bought by calling 814-536-7599 or on-line at www.johnstownconcertballet.org.