KI teens land lead roles in ‘Nutcracker’

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.”

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