Ballet Battle: Clara vs. The Mouse King
For more than a decade, it has been a holiday tradition for
families to gather at Farthing Auditorium in Boone to take in the wonder that is the Studio K Youth
Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
This holiday season, due to ongoing renovations at Farthing Auditorium, the ballet has been moved to the Watauga High School auditorium. The production will feature some changes because of the intimate nature of the new facility, making this year’s ballet a one-of-a-kind event.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote the music for “The Nutcracker” on a commission from the Russian Imperial Theater in the early 1890s. Based on a book by E.T.A. Hoffman, titled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” the ballet premiered on Dec. 18, 1892, with choreography by Marius Pepita and Lev Ivanov.
The story of “The Nutcracker” revolves around Clara Von Stahlbaum, a young woman who falls asleep during her family’s Christmas party. In her dreams, she visits various kingdoms, fights the Mouse King and his hench-mice, and travels with the Snow Queen.
With hundreds of local dancers, colorful costumes, sets and scenery, the Studio K production of “The Nutcracker” brings to life a holiday favorite for the entire family.
“The Nutcracker” takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at 3 and 7 p.m. both days. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12. Tickets are available at the door and online at http://www.nutcrackertickets.eventbrite.com.
The cast of Studio K Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” includes Matt Backe as the Nutcracker Prince, Andy Harkins as Dr. Drosselmeyer, Kenneth Wright as Councillor Von Stahlbaum, Shellie Karaus as Frau Von Stahlbaum, Kellyn Stamey as Clara, Hattie Rose Greene as Fritz, Meresa Verholek as Grandmother, Gabrielle Barlow, Erin Hunt and Brittany Burwell as the maids, and Alana Patterson and Victoria Redmond as the mechanical dolls.
The Toy Store children are played by Ava Accetturo, Elizabeth Carter, Nash Cherry, Jalynn Drake, Austin Dyer, Bethany Main, Sydney Marshal, Emma Martin, Willa Patience, Jayden Stirton, Elizabeth Vitale, Sarah Vitale, Lauren Yu, Brianna Berube, Leonela Alvarez, Ryley Scheyer, Sunday 3 p.m.: Bailey Collins, Olivia Davis, Aubrey Garrett, Leah Harmon, Lillon Henline, Addelynn Honeycutt, Ella Huff Timbers, Kennedy Moore, Avery Moretz, Bailey Moss, Kahlyn Nicholls, Emma Raymond, Brooklyn Smith, Briana Sudderth, Emily Sudderth, Sydney Cate Townsend and Kylie Creed.
The Party Guests are played by Greg Lovins, Tiffany Christian, Saralyn Kader, Jeff Hatley, Kenneth Wright, Jacob Ray, Ken Steele, Judd Pinnix, Shannon Hatley, Shellie Karaus, Chrysty Parker, Alexia Watson, Gabrielle Barlow, Margaret Handley, Dan Krontz and Colette Krontz.
The Party Children are played by Emily Fuller, Emily Grant, Emmie Huffman, Erin Jensen, Marie Kallestad, Natalie Noble, Grace Oh, Maggie Quigley, Caitlin Sanders, Kelsey Watts, Kaycee Wilson, Emma Barr, Carlton Dyer, Emily Hill, Hannah Ligon, Lizzie Miller, Madeline Mitchem, Abby Peyton, Kacie Rominger, Kaela Sosa, Macayla Weiner, Lily Devereux, Evie Mazelle, Madie Greene, Josie Armes, Cora Hatley, Annika Willis, Ava Pinnix, Olivia Pinnix, Kati Mac Greene, Gaia Lee, Peyton Walton, Julia Handley, Emma Pinnix, Rhianna Verholek, Vivi Rushing, Ellery Rushing, Alison Cook, Bailey Cook and Gaia Lee.
The Party Teens include Emma Harkins, Sara Fran Greene, Caroline Lovins, Nicole Krontz. Olivia Handley, Andrew Hatley, Cami Hastings, Mary Lovins, Emma Carder, Morgan Hatley, Mandy Eagle-Farrar and RJ Christian.
The Small Clock Mice are played by Addyson Bilyk, Sophia Canu, Sydney Collie, Piper Corey, Sutton Getty, Landis Getty, Kyleigh Hogan, Lya Hurst, Lainey Johnston, Sophia Law, Kamila Parra, Maya Pennington, Fiona Russell, Caroline Wang, Ava Rose Weiner, Shelby Miller, Maya Shinnar-Weinberg, Josie Armes, Rayna Christian, Josie Franca, Tory Goss, Madi Greene, Natalie Hill, Madeleine Hood, Charis Hughes, Maya Johnston, Karsyn Lee, Emma Kate Monroe, Emma Kate Moore, ViVi Rushing, Genevieve Waugh, Cora Hatley, Ansley Clifton, Mary Kate Coley, Ella Huff, Gracie Lesesne, Madden Maple, Violet Miller, Maria Soto, Emma Grace Pastusic, Kara Taylor, Addison Wilson and Emma Grace Pastusic.
The Mouse King is played by Jacob Ray. The Large Mice are played by Jeff Hatley, Josh Thurman, Bryan Taylor and Judd Pinnix.
The Fight Dolls are played by Victoria Redmon, Mackenna Berry, Wendy Curtis Broderick and Alana Patterson.
The soldiers are played by Haylee Barker, Lili Bauer, Alison Cook, Riley Fowler, Faith Ann Henson, Cheney Hester, Carrie Labonte, Emma Pinnix, Emma Kate Sevensky, Savannah Spencer, Belinda Wang, Demi Wang, Hattie Rose Greene, Cricket Conway, Ava Cutlip, Zoe Earp, Teila Eddins, Madelyn Ellis, Colby Hester, Reagan Miller, Brielynn Myers, Hannah Grace Norris, Lauren Patterson, Ava Pinnix, Piper Grace Saunders, Sophie Speckmann and Bre Winkler Price.
The Snow Queen is played by Brianne Thurman and the Cavalier is Matt Backe. The Snow Attendents include Sarah Pinnix, Abby Willis, Mackenna Berry, Hannah Bates, Joanna Campbell, Ashley Canter, Amelia Powers and Caroline Lovins.
The Snowflakes are played by Gayle Anderson, Gabrielle Barlow, Mackenna Berry, Brittany Burwell, Sara Critcher Norris, Wendy Curtis Broderick, Lauren Foster, Abby Foster, Shannon Hatley, Erin Hunt, Anna Jensen, Shellie Karaus, Meghan Mixon, Alana Patterson, Victoria Redmon, Evangeline Redmond, Elizabeth Thompson, Ivy Ulmer, Olivia Watson, Ashley Harkins, Staci Brown, Catherine Catoe, Rayanna Christian, Moriah Franklin, Jasmine Jackson, Lysia Jones, Kennedy Kavanaugh, Tess Snider, Cami Hastings, Morgan Hatley, Nicole Krontz, Amanda Eagle-Farrar, Olivia Handley, Hannah Bates, Joanna Campbell, Ashley Canter, Amelia Powers, Emma Harkins, Lucia Jones and Melissa Padron.
The Queen of Sweets is played by Shannon Hatley and the Lead Angels are Sara Norris and Jeff Hatley. The Little Angels include Hannah Critcher, Lauren Hawkins, Charli Johnson, Liliana Miller, Genevieve Powell, Reagan Thompson, Madison Welch, Kaitlin Winebarger, Leila Zwetsloot, Elizabeth Coley, Izzy Garrett, Margaret Greene, Izzy Haas, Cora Hatley, Lily Baye Maple, Georgia Northern, Abbey Pulliam, Mary Kathryn Riddle, Mackenzie Taylor, Montgomery Cate Taylor, Hannah Teague and Carly Watson.
The Gumdrops include Ella Canter, Sophie Johnson, Lily Kimbrough, Haileigh Peele, Mary Flynn Sevensky, Chloe Caroselli, Graycie Collins, Peyton Guy, Bailey Hoge, Gracie Lesesne, River Miller, Maya Shinnar-Weinberg, Rayn Thigpen and Claire Thurman.
Ashley Harkins is the Sugar Plum Fairy. Her attendants include Carolina Conway, Morgan Critcher, Amanda Lubkemann, Allison Quinn, Sydney Styron, Emma Carder, Sara Frances Greene, Andrew Hatley, Mary Lovins, Emma Harkins, R.J. Christian, Noelle Eller, Nicole Fanatico, Ava Yarborough, Raven Cook and Melissa Padron.
The leads in the Spanish Dance are Lauren Foster and Wendy Broderick. The leads in the Arabian Dance are Erin Hunt and Bryan Taylor. Their attendants include Bailey Cook, Luci Brooke Creed, Kati Mac Greene, Leah Hampton, Gaia Lee, Ella Pennell, Leah Peterson, Olivia Pinnix, Marisa Romanat, Ellery Rushing, Maddey Street, Katie Thompson, Rhianna Verholek, Payton Walton, Isabella Barlow, Elli Berry, Moriah Bollman, Bethany Critcher, Savannah Grizzard, Julia Handley, Angela Claire Henderson, Caroline Hodges, Lucy Miller, Addison Myer, Elizabeth Noble, Abby Peyton, Lydia Rothrock, Grace Sears, Samantha Spiegelman, Molly Taylor, Kailei Watts and Annika Willis.
Chinese Dance leads include Sarah Pinnix, Abby Willis, Evangeline Redmon, Gabrielle Barlow and Olivia Watson.
Mirliton (Reed Flute) dancers include Shannon Hatley, Brittany Burwell, Elizabeth Thompson, Anna Jenson, Ivy Ulmer and Gayle Anderson. Their attendants include Haylee Barker, Lili Bauer, Alison Cook, Riley Fowler, Faith Ann Henson, Cheney Hester, Carrie Labonte, Emma Pinnix, Belinda Wang, Demi Wang and Hattie Rose Greene.
The lead in the Russian Dance is Abby Foster. Her attendants include Staci Brown, Catherine Catoe, Rayanna Christian, Moriah Franklin, Jasmine Jackson, Kennedy Kavanaugh, Tess Snider, Cami Hastings, Morgan Hatley, Nicole Krontz, Amanda Eagle-Farrar, Olivia Handley, Amelia Powers, Caroline Lovins and Melissa Padron.
Mother Ginger is played by Alice Harmon. Her children are played by Josie Armes, Rayna Christian, Josie Franca, Tory Goss, Madi Greene, Natalie Hill, Madeleine Hood, Charis Hughes, Maya Johnston, Karsyn Lee, Emma Kate Monroe, Emma Kate Moore, ViVi Rushing, Genevieve Waugh, Cricket Conway, Ava Cutlip, Zoe Earp, Teila Eddins, Madelyn Ellis, Colby Hester, Reagan Miller, Brielynn Myers, Hannah Grace Norris, Lauren Patterson, Ava Pinnix, Piper Grace Saunders, Sophie Speckmann and Bre Winkler Price.
Shellie Karaus plays the Dew Drop Fairy.
The Pas de deux is performed by Meghan Mixon and Matt Backe.
The Waltz of the Flowers is performed by Mackenna Berry, Brittany Burwell, Wendy Curtis Broderick, Lauren Foster, Abby Foster, Shannon Hatley, Erin Hunt, Anna Jensen, Meghan Mixon, Alana Patterson, Sarah Pinnix, Victoria Redmon, Evangeline Redmond, Brianne Thurman, Ivy Ulmer, Olivia Watson, Abby Willis, Ashley Harkins, Hannah Bates, Joanna Campbell, Ashley Canter, Amelia Powers and Caroline Lovins.