Lo­cal dancers fea­tured in CBC’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

SEV­ERNA PARK — Af­ter 11 years, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bal­let Com­pany knows a lit­tle bit about what it takes to get through a bal­let sea­son — mix one-part vol­un­teer sweat eq­uity with five parts of youth dancers will­ing to give up ev­ery sin­gle Satur­day to pre­pare for the com­pany’s two yearly pro­duc­tions and, voila. Af­ter jump­ing into the 2016 sea­son with re­hearsals Sept. 10, the dancers are only weeks away from the an­nual pro­duc­tion of “The Nutcracker.”

“The av­er­age age of the dancers in our pro­duc­tions is 13 and yet many of these dancers have been danc­ing for more than half their lives. So we’re ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing them a very pub­lic out­let to show­case the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion they pour into their art,” said Bar­bara Haskell, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and CBC founder. “They’ve spent the last three and a half months in day­long week­end re­hearsals all to put on the best 11 per­for­mances they can in De­cem­ber.”

The 80-mem­ber cast con­sists of bal­let dancers rang­ing in age from 7 to 18. This year’s dancers from the East­ern Shore in­clude:

• Re­gan Baker, a se­nior at Kent Is­land High School who trains at L’Ecole de Danse and CBC, roles Mouse King and Dew Drop Fair y;

• Kerry Van Rees, a sopho­more at Kent Is­land High School who trains at L’Ecole de Danse and CBC, roles An­gel Soloist, Su­per Gar­land and Snow;

• Jake Laf­ferty, a stu­dent at Light­house Chris­tian Academy who trains at L’Ecole de Danse and CBC, roles Nutcracker and Chi­nese;

• Is­abelle Kessinger, a stu­dent at Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School, who trains at Dashiell School of Danc­ing and CBC, roles Party Girl, Snow, Waltz and An­gel; and

• Made­line Reynolds, who trains at Jean Marie Dance Stu­dio, roles Party Girl and Cake Bearer.

Per­for­mances will be held at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 10, 11 and 17 and a 1 p.m. mati­nee only on Dec. 18, all at Chil­dren’s The­atre of An­napo­lis, 1661 Bay Head Road, An­napo­lis.

Tick­ets are avail­able at chesa­peake­bal­let­com­pany.com.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Clock­wise from cen­ter: Re­gan Baker, who dances Mouse King and Dew Drop Fairy, Kerry Van Rees, who dances An­gel Soloist, Su­per Gar­land, and Snow, Jake Laf­ferty, who dances as Nutcracker and Chi­nese, and Is­abelle Kessinger, who dances the parts of Party Girl, Snow, Waltz, An­gel. Not pic­tured: Made­line Reynolds, who dances the parts of Party Girl and Cake Bearer.

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