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Dancing Over the Rainbow



Article Published: Apr. 26, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 30, 2012
Dancing Over the Rainbow

Shellie Karaus, Gayle Anderson and Alana Patterson portray the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch and Dorothy in the new Studio K production of ‘The Wizard of Oz Ballet,’ on stage this weekend at Farthing Auditorium in Boone.

Photo by Jeff Eason



There are few moments in cinematic history that are as wow-worthy as when Dorothy Gale steps out of her twister-torn house and enters Munchkinland. Her sepia-toned Kansas home has been replaced with the full spectrum of colors, and, as she steps into this new world, mouth agape, she takes the viewer with her.

That scene is just one of many that make the 1939 movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” a perennial favorite. Those scenes are captured in the new Studio K Youth Ballet production, “The Wizard of Oz Ballet,” on stage at Farthing Auditorium in Boone this weekend.

“The Wizard of Oz Ballet” will be performed on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for students. For more information, call the Farthing Auditorium box office at (828) 262-4046.

The presentation will open with the short ballet “The 12 Dancing Princesses.”

The opening ballet, “The 12 Dancing Princesses,” stars Jeff Hatley as the King, Bryan Taylor as the Cobbler, and Wendy Curtis, Catharine Milner, Kellyn Stamey, Wendy Broderick, Abby Foster, Lauren Green, Brittany Burwell, Lauren Foster, Shannon Hatley, Erin Hunt, Gayle Anderson, Meghan Harris and Haley Walton as the princesses.

“The Wizard of Oz Ballet” stars Tiffany Christian as Aunt Em, Ray Christian as Uncle Henry, Evan Redmond, Jeff Hatley and Andy Harkins as the Farm Hands, Alana Patterson as Dorothy, and Toto Harkins as Toto.

Mrs. Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West is played by Shellie Karaus and Glinda the Good Witch is played by Gayle Anderson.

Evan Redmond plays the Scarecrow, Andy Harkins plays the Tin Man and Jeff Hatley plays the Cowardly Lion. Kevin Wright plays the Wizard of Oz.

The Rainbow Ballet on Saturday features Katie Barker, Rayna Christian, Hannah Critcher, Natalie Osborne, Lauren Patterson, Ava Pinnix, Nora Russom, Maggie Souza, Kaitlin Winebarger, Zoe Earp, Moria Bollman and Gaia Lee. During the Sunday show, the Rainbow Ballet features Izzy Garrett, Izzy Haas, Lola Herring, Madeleine Hood, Shelby Miller, Adelide Pittman, Brooklyn Smith, Mackenzie Taylor, Hannah Teague, Carly Watson and Gaia Lee.

Rainbow solos include those by Gabrielle Barlow, Mackenna Berry, Victoria Redmon, Olivia Watson, Ivy Ulmer, Brittany Burwell and Elizabeth Thompson.

Munchkins are played by Bailey Collins, Kylie Creed, Olivia Davis, Aubrey Garrett, Leah Harmon, Lillon Henline, Rylee Mitchell, Bailey Moss, Kahlyn Nichols, Emma Raymond, Briana Sudderth, Sydney Cate Townsend, Sofia Carmichel, Kennedy Moore, Avery Moretz, Montgomery Cate Taylor, Elizabeth Coley, Margaret Greene, Enchancia Harmon, Cora Hatley, Julia Lacey, Karsyn Lee, Lily Baye Maple, Madison Mast, Georgia Northern, Madeline Powell, Mary Kathryn Riddle, Jackie White, Josie Armes, Josie Franca, Tory Goss, Madi Greene, Natalie Hill, Charis Hughes, Maya Johnston, Emma Kate Monroe, Emma Kate Moore, Georgia Parker, Mackenzie Rominger, ViVi Rushing, Genevieve Waugh, Isabella Barlow, Elli Berry, Bethany Critcher, Savannah Grizzard, Julia Handley, Angela Claire Henderson, Caroline Hodges, Lucy Miller, Elizabeth Noble, Ellery Rushing, Grace Sears, Samantha Spiegelman, Molly Taylor, Peyton Walton, Kailei Watts, Annika Willis, Makayla Andrews, Ava Cutlip, Teila Eddins, Klarrissa Eller, Madelyn Ellis, Sarah Fredenburg, Colby Hester, Cara Johnson, Avery Martin, Kyleigh Marton, Reagan Miller, Addison Myer, Brielynn Myers, Hannah Grace Norris, Cerelia Renwick, Naia Renwick, Piper Grace Saunders, Sophie Speckmann, Bre Winkler Price, Shannon Hall, Lauren Hawkins, Charli Johnson, Liliana Miller, Genevieve Powell, Abbey Pulliam, Addison Smith, Hannah Studt, Madison Welch, Caroline Wood, Leila Zwetsloot, Sydney Marsh, Gaia Lee, Rebekah Blair, Bailey Cook, Luci Brooke Creed, Kati Mac Greene, Molly Grimes, Sarah Grimes, Leah Hampton, Emalyn Heathershaw, Gaia Lee, Ella Pennell, Olivia Pinnix, Marisa Romanat, Katie Thompson, Rhianna Verholek, Peyton Walton and Maddey Street.

Blackbirds and crows include Sydney Collie, Piper Grace Corey, Sutton Getty, Mollie Grace Hopper, Kyleigh Hogan, Lainey Johnston, Sophia Law, Maya Pennington, Fiona Russell, Rayn Thigpen, Kamila Parra, Madeline Allen, Mary Kate Coley, Graycie Collins, Landis Getty, Payton Guy, Madden Maple, Julian Martin, Hayden Miller, River Miller, Aiden Moore, Claire Thurman, Chloe Caroselli, Mackenna Berry, Victoria Redmon, Olivia Watson, Ivy Ulmer, Ashley Canter, Morgan Hatley, Jasmine Jackson, Caroline Lovins, Kathleen Baker, Hannah Bates, Staci Brown, Catherine Catoe, Mandy Eagle-Farrar, Brandy Hicks, Kennedy Kavanaugh, Nicole Krontz, Amelia Powers, Tess Snider, Moriah Franklin, Rayana Christian and Gabrielle Barlow.

Poppy Field dancers include Sarah Pinnix, Abby Willis, Gabrielle Barlow, Mackenna Berry, Victoria Redmon, Olivia Watson, Lauren Greene, Haley Walton, Brittany Burwell, Lauren Foster, Shannon Hatley, Erin Hunt, Meghan Mixon, Kellyn Stamey, Ivy Ulmer, Sarah Pinnix, Elizabeth Thompson, Abby Willis and Wendy Broderick.

Emerald City dancers include Mike Wilson, Kenneth Wright, Greg Lovins, Jennifer Cook, Tiffany Christian, Christie Fredenburg, Sarah Pinnix, Brenda Speckmann, John Speckmann, Sandy Devirgillis, Ken Steele, Debra Cassella, R.J. Christian, Andrew Hatley, Noelle Eller, Nicole Fantatica, Summit Fredenburg, Chloe Shaut, Camille Ward, Tess Snider, Ava Yarborough, Elena Russert, Emma Barr, Morgan Brink, Lily Devereux, Kathleen Gibson, Taylor Grogitsky, Emily Hill, Hannah Ligon, Lizzie Miller, Evangelina Mizell, Abby Peyton, Kacie Rominger, Lydia Rothrock, Darmody Tausche, Mackenzie Ward, Meredith Rhem, Rebecca Anderson, Emily Grant, Cheney Hester, Emmie Huffman, Erin Jensen, Marie Kallestad, Lily Lipford, Natalie Noble, Grace Oh, Maggie Quigley, Caitlin Sanders, Kelsey Watts, Kaycee Wilson, Haylee Barker, Lili Bauer, Alison Cook, Riley Fowler, Hattie Rose Greene, Faith Ann Henson, Carrie Labonte, Emma Pinnix, Emma Kate Sevensky, Savannah Spencer, Kathleen Baker, Hannah Bates, Staci Brown, Joanna Campbell, Ashley Canter, Catherine Catoe, Rayanna Christian, Mandy Eagle-Farrar, Moriah Franklin, Morgan Hatley, Brandy Hicks, Jasmine Jackson, Lysia Jones, Kennedy Kavanaugh, Nicole Krontz, Caroline Lovins, Amelia Powers and Kerri Whittaker.

Flying Monkeys include Erin Hunt, Bryan Taylor, Greg Lovins, Josh Thurman, Andrew Hatley, R.J. Christian and Judd Pinnix.

The Emerald City Ballet includes Emma Carder, Carolina Conway, Morgan Critcher, Sara Fran Greene, Olivia Handley, Emma Harkins, Cami Hastings, Mary Lovins, Amanda Lubkemann, Allison Quinn, Tess Snider and Sydney Styron.

The Rainbow Ballet features Gabrielle Barlow, Mackenna Berry, Victoria Redmon, Olivia Watson, Ivy Ulmer, Brittany Burwell, Elizabeth Thompson, Morgan Hatley, Emma Harkins, Mary Lovins, Sara Fran Greene and Tess Snider.

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