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The Biggest Ballets ... The Best Productions

BCA's Nutcracker 2011!

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Nutcracker

December 15 and 16, 2011

Playing to sold-out houses December 15 to 16 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, BCA's production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker was a huge hit. Featuring Julia Fleming and Elianah Vargas as Clara, Blair Chamberlain & Joel Paulus as the Sugar Plum Fairy & her Cavalier, Sarah London as the Dew Drop Fairy, Chris Lynn as Drosselmeyer and talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division, this year's shows continued to make everyone smile. In addition, this year's production included a new and spectacular growing Christmas Tree plus lots of new choreography, including Jewel Angels, Snow and Arabian.

Download the Nutcracker 2011 program.

The Nutcracker: The Greatest Holiday Classic

About The Nutcracker

Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Original Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Restaged by Wayne Burritt & Angie Lynn

First Presented December 18, 1892 at the Imperial Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Act I

The curtain opens to reveal the Stahlbaums' house, where a Christmas Eve party is under way. Clara, her little brother Fritz, and their mother and father are celebrating with friends and family, when Clara's mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer enters. He quickly produces a large bag of gifts for all the children. All are very happy, except for Clara, who has yet to be presented a gift. Herr Drosselmeyer gathers everyone around and tells the story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The children are fascinated. Herr Drosselmeyer then produces life-size dolls, which each take a turn to dance. When the dances are done, Clara approaches Herr Drosselmeyer asking for her gift. It would seem that he is out of presents, and Clara, while still quite happy, gently hints to Drosselmeyer that she would like a toy. Drosselmeyer then produces a Nutcracker, in the traditional shape of a soldier in full parade uniform. Clara is overjoyed, but her brother Fritz is jealous, and breaks the Nutcracker. The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaum family goes to bed. After everyone is asleep, Clara creeps downstairs to have a look at her beloved Nutcracker. When the clock strikes midnight, she hears the sound of mice. She wakes up and tries to run away, but the mice stop her. A conflict ensues and Clara helps the Nutcracker win the battle with the Mouse King. The mice retreat, taking their dead leader with them. The Nutcracker is then transformed into a prince. Clara and the Prince travel to a world where dancing Snowflakes greet them, welcoming Clara and the Prince into their world. The curtain falls on Act I.

Act II

Clara and the Prince arrive at the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Fairy and the people of the Kingdom of Sweets perform several dances for Clara and the Prince: a Spanish Dance, an Arabian Dance, a Chinese Dance, a Russian Dance, a Marzipan Dance, Mother Ginger's Dance, the Waltz of the Flowers, and the Grand Pas de Deux. After the Grand Pas de Deux, everyone dances a joyous Final Waltz. The ballet ends with Clara waking up with the Nutcracker toy in her arms, safe and sound in her house.

Casting

Clara

Cast 1 – Julia Fleming^
Cast 2 – Elianah Vargas^
Drosselmeier
Christopher Lynn

Mr. Stalhbaum

Harry Bryan

Mrs. Stalhbaum

Jill Ehrsam

Fritz

Brandon Silverman^

Maids

Kathryn Garrett, Navi Naisang, Sarah Nicholas, Hannah Sexton, Ava Blane Spiegel, Ava Weil

Parents

Marybeth Kingston, Eric Mueler, Tina Mueller, Jimmy O’Neal, Leigh Young

Clara’s Friends

Cast 1 – Emma Cory^, Kaitlyn Cressman^, Emmeline Duft^, Shannon Grady^, Emma Grace Hutchins^, Caroline Roberts^, Jordan Santoro^, Avery Sund^, Rebecca Wilcox^

Party Girls

Cast 1 – Acacia Dayton+, Amanda Evans+, Morgen Gough+, Darcey Lynn+, Jessica Lynn+, Catherine Roberts+, Amelia Saucier+
Cast 2 – Lily Mae Dickinson+, Erin Ikelheimer+, Ruthee Jester+, Ira Moul+, Gracie Leonor-Spears+, Kayla Schmitt+, Kathryn Williams+

Party Children

Boys – Andrew Blankenship, Marshall Dayton, Clark Eselgroth, Avi Friedman, Alex Harkness, MezzMyhr O’Neal
Girls Cast 1--Sarah Adams, Erin Ikelheimer, Abegael Johnson, Kimberly Krout, Jordan Mundy
Girls Cast 2 – Hazel Grotenhuis, Gabriela Jones, Flora Konz, Lilith Mueller, Anna Wilkie

Doll Girls

Cast 1 – Bridget Leary, Mary Wells Letson, Audrey Lynn, Ava Menkes, Sydney Oversmith, Ariana Robbins, Phebe Wood
Cast 2 – Lily Alexander, Jane Emerson Andry, Sophie Jane Blankenship, Eleora Harwood, Madelyn Matlick, Kaiya Nilsson, Mary Victoria Young

Harlequin Doll

Caroline Carlton*

Soldier Doll

Ciera Barrow*

Mouse King

Caroline Carlton*

Mice

Caroline Brown*, Sarah Foley*, Hunter Anne Hutchinson*, Tess Miller*, Mia Richardson*

Soldiers

Alexandra Best*, Bailey Butters*, Lilian Eselgroth*, Deanna Loew*, Rose Wuertz*

Diamond Jewel Angel

Claire Hutchinson^

Ruby Jewel Angel

Olivia Weidie^

Emerald Jewel Angel

Sayres Alspaugh^

Sapphire Jewel Angel

Emeline Ward^

Angels

Cast 1 – Campbell Abernathy, Ayla Altman, Ivy Anderson, Sally Brophey, Sarah Beth Craycraft, Lily Crum, Jocelyn Davis, Sophie Davis, Harper Dechant, Francesca Frayne, Emma Lily Gaffney, Sophia Harvey, Audrey Hayes, Kellyn Henretta, Arwen Imfeld, Tess Joerling, Phoebe Miller, Susannah Owen, Aleandra Perez, Ana Pinkerton, Maddy Rentz, Aleah Rowe, Colette Russ, Elloree Troop, Georgia Wilkes, Ella Zivony
Cast 2 – Gabriella Barielle, Suzannah Best, Kasey Boyd, Stella Coffey, Laina Cope, May Currens, Sophie Feinblatt, Eve Flaum, Ella Front, Scarlet Grotenhuis, Malina Harwood, Taylor Helgeson, Anabel Leatherwood, Josie Maita, Katie McNabb, Nora Oakes, Clara Rodriguez, Kayla Sampayan, Sally Sandridge, Iris Schreiner, Maia Tsomides, Emma Woodworth

Snow Leads

Sayres Alspaugh^, Emma Cory^, Claire Hutchinson^, Caroline Roberts^, Emeline Ward^, Olivia Weidie^

Snow Corps

Kaitlyn Cressman^, Emmeline Duft^, Shannon Grady^, Emma Grace Hutchins^, Jordan Santoro^, Avery Sund^, Rebecca Wilcox^

Sugar Plum Fairy

Blair Chamberlain**

Prince

Joel Paulus

Dew Drop Fairy

Sarah London**

Spanish

Ciera Barrow*, Caroline Carlton*, Hunter Anne Hutchinson*, Tess Miller*

Arabian

Cassie Woods**

Arabian Corps

Alexandra Best*, Deanna Loew*

Russian

Alexandra Best*, Bailey Butters*, Caroline Brown*, Deana Loew*

Chinese

Kaitlyn Cressman^, Emma Cory^, Emmeline Duft^, Shannon Grady^, Emma Grace Hutchins^, Caroline Roberts^, Jordan Santoro^, Avery Sund^, Rebecca Wilcox^

Marzipan

Lilian Eselgroth*, Sarah Foley*, Mia Richardson*, Rose Wuertz*

Waltz of the Flowers Leads

Ciera Barrow*, Caroline Brown*, Caroline Carlton*, Hunter Anne Hutchinson*,

Waltz of the Flowers Corps

Alexandra Best*, Bailey Butters*, Lilian Eselgroth*, Sarah Foley*, Tess Miller*, Deanna Loew*, Mia Richardson*, Rose Wuertz*

Mother Ginger

Josh Jourdan from WCQS

Mother Ginger Dancers

Acacia Dayton+, Lily Mae Dickinson+, Amanda Evans+, Morgen Gough+, Erin Ikelheimer+, Ruthee Jester+, Darcey Lynn+, Jessica Lynn+, Ira Moul+, Catherine Roberts+, Amelia Saucier+, Kayla Schmitt+, Gracie Leonor-Spears+, Kathryn Williams+

Mother Ginger Kids

Cast 1 – Bridget Leary, Mary Wells Letson, Audrey Lynn, Ava Menkes, Ariana Robbins, Sydney Oversmith, Phebe Wood
Cast 2 – Lily Alexander, Jane Emerson Andrey, Sophie Jane Blankenship, Eleora Harwood, Madelyn Matlick, Kaiya Nilsson, Mary Victoria Young

Mother Ginger Chefs

Soloist – Brandon Silverman^
Chefs – Andrew Blankenship, Marshall Dayton, Clark Eselgroth, Avi Friedman, Alex Harkness, MezzMyhr O’Neal

Mother Ginger Confectionists

Cast 1 - Sarah Adams, Erin Ikelheimer, Abegael Johnson, Kimberly Krout, Jordan Mundy
Girls Cast 2 - Hazel Grotenhuis, Gabriela Jones, Flora Konz, Lilith Mueller, Anna Wilkie

Mother Ginger Bread Makers

Kathryn Garrett, Navi Naisang, Sara Nicholas, Hannah Sexton, Ava Blane Spiegel, Ava Weil

Company Designations

** BCA Professional Company
* BCA Advanced Pre-Professional Company
^ BCA Intermediate Pre-Professional Company
+ BCA Beginner Pre-Professional Company

Nutcracker 2011 Rehearsal & Show Schedule

These rehearsals are in addition to any standing rehearsals.

Download the Nutcracker 2011 Rehearsal & Show Schedule.

Date Begin End Location/Notes
Sun 10/9/11 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Act I Party
Sun 10/23/11 2:00 PM 5:00 PM Act I Party
Sun 11/6/11 1:30 PM 2:30 PM Act I Parents
  2:30 PM 3:00 PM Act I Opening Apron Scene: Some Children, Parents
  3:00 PM 5:00 PM Act I Party
Sun 11/20/11 12:00 PM 2:00 PM All Angels (Cast 1 & 2) and Angel Jewels
  2:00 PM 5:00 PM Act I and Act II FULL CAST
Sun 12/4/11 12:30 PM 1:30 PM Angels (Cast 1), Angel Jewels
  2:00 PM 3:00 PM Costume Parade FULL CAST
  3:30 PM 4:30 PM Angels (Cast 2), Angel Jewels
  3:00 PM 6:00 PM Act I and Act II FULL CAST
Fri 12/9/11 9:00 AM 9:00 AM Nutcracker: Adv Pre-Pre Call Time at ArtSpace
  10:35 AM 11:15 AM Nutcracker: Performance of Excerpts at ArtSpace
Sun 12/11/11 2:00 PM 6:00 PM Run Thru FULL CAST
Unless otherwise noted, all the following rehearsals and events are at DWT.
Mon 12/12/11 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Pre-Pro Class at BCA (not required)
  3:30 PM 4:30 PM Angels (Cast 1) and Angel Jewels
  4:15 PM 4:15 PM Cast Call
  4:30 PM 9:00 PM Spacing Rehearsal FULL CAST
  8:00 PM 8:00 PM Release everyone except Adv and Int Pre-Pros
Tue 12/13/11 3:30 PM 4:30 PM Angels (Cast 2) and Angel Jewels
  4:15 PM 4:15 PM Pre-Pro Call Time
  4:30 PM 5:30 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage (Trainees Welcome)
  4:30 PM 7:00 PM Angels Call Time (Cast 1)
  5:15 PM 5:15 PM Remaining Cast Call
  5:30 PM 9:00 PM Tech Rehearsal (Cast 1).  As many dancers in costume as possible.
  8:00 PM 8:00 PM Release everyone except Adv and Int Pre-Pros
Wed 12/14/11 4:15 PM 4:15 PM Pre-Pro Call Time
  4:30 PM 5:30 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage (Trainees Welcome)
  4:30 PM 7:00 PM Angels Call Time (Cast 2)
  5:15 PM 5:15 PM Remaining Cast Call
  5:30 PM 9:00 PM Dress Rehearsal (Cast 2)
Thu 12/15/11 3:15 PM 3:15 PM Pre-Pro Call Time
  3:30 PM 4:30 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage (Trainees Welcome)
  4:00 PM 4:00 PM Remaining Cast Call
  5:00 PM 6:45 PM Performance (Cast 1)
  7:30 PM 9:15 PM Performance (Cast 2)
Fri 12/16/11 3:15 PM 3:15 PM Pre-Pro Call Time
  3:30 PM 4:30 PM Pre-Pro Class Onstage (Trainees Welcome)
  4:00 PM 4:00 PM Remaining Cast Call
  5:00 PM 6:45 PM Performance (Cast 2)
  7:30 PM 9:15 PM Performance (Cast 1)
Sat 12/17/11 11:30 AM 1:30 PM Cast Party at BCA