Written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, the story of “The Nutcracker” evokes the nostalgia of a Victorian Christmas and tells the story of a little girl named Clara.
The ballet is set in a European village long ago as Clara’s family is preparing for a Christmas party. Clara’s mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives with his nephew and brings gifts for all the children, along with wonderful life sized mechanical dolls to entertain the guests.
For Clara, he brings the very special gift of a Nutcracker. As midnight approaches Clara tiptoes downstairs to find her Nutcracker, and as she falls asleep by the firelight, she begins to have a strange dream.
In Clara’s dream, she sees her beloved Nutcracker come to life to battle a straggly army of rats and the menacing King of the Rats. The brave toy soldiers come to life to battle the Rats, but the Nutcracker is only saved when Clara throws her shoe at the Rat King, killing him.
Then, the Nutcracker is magically transformed into a handsome prince and along with her Uncle Drosselmeyer, they are swept away on a fantastic journey to the majestic Kingdom of Snow.
As snowflakes swirl around them in a beautiful waltz, the Nutcracker Prince dances
for Clara in an elegant pas de deux, partnering with the Queen of the Snow. As the story continues, Clara and Uncle Drosselmeyer travel on to the Kingdom of
Sweets to meet the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy. She summons her court to bring flowers and sweets to Clara as they perform dances from all around the world. As the
ballet closes, Clara remembers her beautiful dream as she safely cradles her nutcracker in her arms.
2017 marked Bay Shore Ballet Theatre’s 23rd annual production of this famous story ballet. Janet Carole, artistic director and former professional principal dancer with leading U.S. ballet companies, has restaged this legendary classic for more than 70 dancers and performers from all of the east bay communities.
Bay Shore Ballet Theatre ballet mistress and principal ballerina, Abigail Kiernan alternated with ballerina Kristiana Bell as the Sugar Plum Fairy pairing with principal dancer Zachariah Woods as her Cavalier.
The production is danced to the brilliant score of Peter Tchaikovsky in two full acts and features the professional set design of the late William Loyed. Principal
dancer Mary Ellis Ollinger was highlighted as the enchanting Rose Queen in the dazzling Waltz of the Flowers.
Principal dancers Susan Roh and Mary Ellis Ollinger are featured alternately as the fairy tale character of Little Bo Peep with precocious her sheep, and Bay Shore Ballet leading character actress Linda Taylor returns to delight audiences as the much loved Mother Ginger with her children, the Gingersnaps.
In the Act I party scene, other featured characters include Clara’s ever watchful nanny, played by Thelma Topper, Ashley Covert and Stewart O’Neill portray Clara’s mother and father, and the roles of the doting grandparents are played by Linda Taylor and Joe Roh.
Party guests include Kristy Kiernan, Tadd Mitchell, Vicki O’Neill, Harvey Joanning, Susie Blackinton, Matt Barfield, and Ashley and Jimmy Conyers. Other featured soloists appearing as the mechanical dolls in the opening Christmas party scene include Susan Roh as the Ballerina Doll, Sarah Templeton as the Harlequin Doll, and Lily Frances Fontenot as the Ice Fairy Doll. Principals Mary Ellis Ollinger and Abigail Kiernan dance alternately as the Fairy Doll. Beth Claunch and Mary Ford perform alternating as the mechanical Song Bird, and Annie Laurie O’Neill as the fast paced Military Doll. Junior Company dancers of the Bay Shore Ballet Theatre also highlighted in the Kingdom of Sweets are Emily Taylor and Brisa Ables in the Arabian Coffee dance, and dancers Madison Farrell, Sarah Nolan Jernigan, Hannah Doggett, Ella Pursley, and Ella Williams, who perform in the lilting Waltz of the Flowers. Other Junior Company dancers include Ellie Smith, Abigail Doggett, Andree Longevin and Annie Mitchell.
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2009: 'Nutcracker’ features dancers countywide
Copyright © 2009 BaldwinCountyNOW.com
Submitted by Janet Carole
Friday, November 28, 2008
Copyright © 2009 BaldwinCountyNOW.com
Submitted by Janet Carole
Friday, November 28, 2008
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The area’s premiere ballet company, The Bay Shore Ballet Theatre, returns to the stage with its highly acclaimed production of the great holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” to be presented at the Fairhope Civic Center on Dec. 5, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Janet Carole, artistic director, formerly leading ballerina with several U.S. professional ballet companies, has restaged this famous ballet in its entirety for dancers of the Bay Shore Ballet Theatre and students of the academy with more than 60 talented dancers from throughout the county.
The endearing tale of E.T.A. Hoffman highlights the beautiful score of Peter Tchaikovsky, and features elaborate sets designed by professional designer, the late William Loyed. Many of Loyed’s commissioned set designs can be seen in numerous professional productions throughout the South. The lighting is expertly done by Will Dobson, formerly lighting director for Ballet South.
The story of a beautiful little girl named Clara begins one magical Christmas Eve long ago as Clara’s family prepares for the family’s annual Christmas party in their magnificent Victorian house. Clara’s mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives with his nephew bringing gifts for all the children and many surprises, along with wonderful life-sized mechanical dolls. For Clara, he brings the very special gift of a nutcracker. Late that night Clara tiptoes downstairs to find her nutcracker under the Christmas tree. As she falls asleep a strange dream begins. In Clara’s dream, Clara watches as Drosselmeyer summons the nutcracker, and brave little toy soldiers come to life under the Christmas tree as they join in to fight the menacing King of the Rats and his ragtag army of rats. When all seems lost and the nutcracker and the valiant soldiers have been defeated, Clara throws her shoe at the Rat King to kill him. Magically, her nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince, and Clara and Drosselmeyer are swept away on a fantastic journey to the majestic Kingdom of Snow. The Prince and the elegant Snow Queen dance together in a majestic Pas de Deux, while snowflakes swirl around them in a beautiful waltz.
The role of Clara is danced alternately by Morgan Foster and Susan Roh, and the role of the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer is played by Brad Davis. The role of the nephew, the Nutcracker Prince, is played by Brian Yancey, and Kristi Bell dances as the majestic Snow Queen. Glorianne Morrow and Samantha Stewart are alternately featured in the role of the arrogant King of the Rats. As the story continues Clara and Drosselmeyer travel on to the fantastic Kingdom of Sweets to meet the sparkling Sugar Plum Fairy. The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince summon their court to dance for Clara while they bring flowers and sweets from all around the world. Bay Shore Ballet principal Emily Davis and guest artist, Matthew Johnson, pair together in the beautiful Grand Pas de Deux dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Principal dancer Lauren Aldridge appears as the sparkling Rose Queen in the lavishly choreographed Waltz of the Flowers. Emily Rushton and Julianne Horak are featured as soloists in the charming Chinese Tea along with Samatha Stewart and Glorianne Morrow; Kristi Bell and Lauren Aldridge dance alternately as the fairy tale character of Little Bo Peep with her sheep; Tracy Peters and Destiny Taylor are highlighted along with Bay Shore Ballet principals in the flamboyant Spanish Chocolate. The exotic Arabian Coffee is danced by principals Emily Davis and Kristi Bell. Principal character dancer Linda Taylor returns once again to delight audiences as the much loved Mother Ginger with her Ginger Snaps. Bay Shore Ballet Co. dancers also featured in the spirited Russian Licorice dance and in the Waltz of the Flowers are Paige Bertagnolli, Hannah Doggett, Lily Frances Fontenot, Brodie Foster, Carly McRae and Shelby Rider.
In the party scene, other featured soloists include the older sister Louise, danced by Destiny Taylor, and the precocious little brother Fritz, danced alternately by Susan Roh and Morgan Cooke. Clara’s mother and father are portrayed by Bobbi Pate and Justin Bennett, and the grandparents by Linda Taylor and Joe Roh. Also appearing as parents in the party scene are Judy and Tom Morrow, Nancy Fontenot and Ellis Ollinger. Apprentice dancers to the Bay Shore Ballet Theatre also appearing include Abigail Doggett, Rachel Favret, Ashlyn Hamel, Margeaux Houston, Sarah-Nolan Jernigan, Annie O'Neill and Sarah Templeton.
Tickets are now on sale at the Bay Shore Ballet, 305 Fels Ave. in Fairhope; Paige and Pallette, 32 S. Section St. in Fairhope; The Coffee Loft, 503 N. Section St. in Fairhope; or on sale at the door at the Fairhope Civic Center, 161 N. Section St., before performances begin. Ticket prices are $5 for all seats at the Dec. 5, 2 p.m., full-length preview performance. For all other performances, adult tickets are $12, seniors and children age 12 and under are $10. Reserved tickets at $15 are available for the final two performances. Special cameo performances for Baldwin County school groups and classes are also being presented on Dec. 4, at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. To reserve group seating for school groups to attend these special cameo performances at a low-cost ticket rate, for reserved tickets, or formore information about the Saturday or Sunday performances, call the Bay Shore Ballet at (251) 990-9744. The ladies of the Bay Shore Ballet Society will host the Nutcracker Boutique and the Nutcracker Suite Shoppe in the lobby during the intermission with holiday gift ideas and refreshments.
2008: Bay Shore Ballet Theatre to present ‘The Nutcracker’
(Created: Friday, November 28, 2008 8:05 AM CST) Copyright © 2008 BaldwinCountyNOW.com
Submitted by Janet Carole
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The spirit of the holidays will glow brightly once again with the return of the Bay Shore Ballet Theatre’s widely acclaimed performance of “The Nutcracker.” Marking the 12th year for performances of this glittering classic and one of the world’s most beloved ballets, Bay Shore Ballet Theatre will present performances at the Fairhope Civic Center on Dec. 13, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.Janet Carole, director and former principal ballerina with major U.S. and Canadian professional companies, stages the grand scale production with more than 60 dancers and performers from many southwest Alabama communities, including Gulf Shores, Foley, Robertsdale, Silverhill, Bay Minette, Daphne, Fairhope and Mobile. The performances come to life with the elaborate sets and scenery designed by the late master scenic artist, William Loyed, and the expertise of professional lighting designer Will Dobson. Bay Shore Ballet principal dancers Katharine Gripp and Ryan Bowman once again will pair together, starring as the gracious Sugar Plum fairy and her Cavalier. With the dimming of the lights and the first notes of Tchaikovky’s magical score, the ballet will transport the audience to an enchanted place filled with endearing and whimsical characters to tell the story of young Clara (Macey Graham), who falls asleep one Christmas Eve. As the Christmas tree grows magnificently, she watches as her prized nutcracker, given to her by her mysterious but kindly Uncle Drosselmeyer (Brad Davis), comes to life as a real nutcracker (Jason Clow). After rescuing the nutcracker from the dreaded King of the Rats (Samantha Stewart), Clara watches as the nutcracker transforms again into a handsome prince. Clara and Uncle Drosselmeyer are swept away to the glittery Kingdom of Snow to meet the beautiful Snow Queen (Lauren Aldridge) and the crystalline walking snowflakes. They travel on in this dream of a young girl’s devotion to her nutcracker to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Clara is entertained by the court of the Sugar Plum Fairy as they bring sweets to Clara from around the world. They meet the fiery Spanish dancers bringing chocolates, the spirited Russian dancers with licorice and the exotic Arabian Princess presenting Arabian coffee (Kristi Bell with Destiny Taylor and Glorianne Morrow). The charming Chinese dancers (Emily Davis, Annie Pearson and Julianne Horak) bring tea, the fairy tale character of Little Bo Peep (Shelby Graham) and her sheep spring to life with Marzipan candies and the animated Mother Ginger (Linda Taylor) and her gingersnaps charm Clara with their exuberance. In the majestic Waltz of the Flowers, Clara and Drosselmeyer meet the radiant Rose Queen (Emily Davis). The Christmas party scene highlights the amazing mechanical dolls brought by Uncle Drosselmeyer to entertain the reveling guests: the cheerful songbird (Emily Davis), a delightful ballerina doll (Annie Pearson), a lightning fast military doll (Kristi Bell) the lively Harlequin doll (Lauren Aldridge) and a gliding skater doll (Samantha Stewart). The party scene features Destiny Taylor as Clara’s older sister, Louise; Susan Roh as her precocious little brother; Hanna Doggett as the ever busy maid; and Bobbi Pate and Richard Graham as Clara’s parents. Shelby Graham and Justin Bennett take the roles of the doting aunt and uncle, and the humorously paired grandparents are Linda Taylor and Gary Godwin. Party guest include Tamra Graham, Thomas Toombs, Judy and Tom Morrow, Nancy Fontenot, Ellis Ollinger and Brodie Foster. Bay Shore Ballet Theatre apprentice dancers also featured are Paige Bertagnolli, Lily Frances Fontenot, Brodie Foster, Hannah Doggett, Carly McRae, Shelby Rider, Leslie Simmons and Sarah Templeton. Junior apprentice dancers are Morgan Cooke, Morgan Foster and Caroline Doggett. Tickets are now on sale at the Bay Shore Ballet, 305 Fels Ave. in Fairhope and The Coffee Loft, 503 N. Section St. in Fairhope. Reserved seating is $17. General seating for adults is $12; seniors and children age 12 and under will be admitted for $10. A special preview performance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 will feature general admission prices of just $5. Ladies of the Bay Shore Ballet Society will also host the Ballet Boutique and the Nutcracker Suite Shoppe in the lobby during intermission. For more information, call Bay Shore Ballet at (251) 990-9744. For reserved ticket seating, call (251) 952-8628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.