KI teens land lead roles in ‘Nutcracker’
SEVERNA PARK — When hard work meets opportunity good things happen. For Kent Island High School senior Kerry Van Rees and sophomore Jake Lafferty, their years with Chesapeake Ballet Company, the region’s premier youth ballet company, have paid off with lead roles in the organization’s 2018 production of “The Nutcracker.” Jake will be dancing the role of the Prince, while Kerry will dance the role of Sugar Plum Fairy.
“Kerry has been very committed since she joined the company and she works hard to master her roles,” said Barbara Haskell, executive director and CBC founder. “And we’ve watched Jake grow tremendously. The role of the Prince requires him to partner with not one, not two, but three different dancers. It’s a demanding role.”
While Jake still has two more years to dance with the company, this will be Kerry’s last “Nutcracker” with CBC.
“I am sad this is my last Nutcracker with Chesapeake Ballet, it’s been like a second home every weekend for the last five years. I’ll miss the rehearsals, classes, dancers, and teachers as well as the crazy tech weeks and backstage moments,” she said.
When asked about her plans after high school, Kerry said, “I’m planning to study ballet at a four-year university, so I’m especially grateful for these experiences with CBC.”
Performances will be at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 and 15 at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis. Cocoa with Clara will be hosted between shows on Dec. 8 and 15. On Dec. 16, there will be a 1 p.m. matinee only.
A special Girl Scout show is planned at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Girl Scout attendees will receive a special patch for participating.
More details on show times and ticket pricing are available, for all performances, at chesapeakeballetcompany.com.
Kent Island’s own Kerry Van Rees, left, and Jake Lafferty will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince in Chesapeake Ballet Company’s production of “The Nutcracker.”