Area students in Minnesota Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’
By: Press release, Pine Journal
When the Minnesota Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” brings Manhattan alive in the early 1900s, the cast will include five local students training at the School of the Minnesota Ballet. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the DECC Symphony Hall. The UMD Festival Orchestra will play the Tchaikovsky score live.
From Churchill Elementary, fifth-grader Aubree Stein will appear as a mouse warrior on Saturday and as a Mother Ginger child on Friday and Sunday. Kendal Davis, a fifth-grader at South Terrace Elementary in Carlton, will appear as an urchin in the opening street scene on Friday and Sunday, and as a soldier. From Esko High School, 12th-grader Carrie Rye will appear as an Edwardian Age society girl in the opening scene Friday and Sunday and as a geisha dancer on Saturday; 10th-grader Kelsey Rye will appear as the caroler director in the opening scene on Friday and Sunday and as a geisha dancer on Saturday. From Esko’s Winterquist Elementary, fifth-grader Kirsten Rye will appear as a mouse warrior on Saturday, and as a Mother Ginger child.
Conceived and choreographed by Allen Fields, the ballet’s artistic director emeritus, the production features the party scene in an opulent townhouse overlooking Central Park; the snow scene in the glittery park itself, led by the Ice Fairy; and a magical journey to exotic lands of Asian, Spanish, and Russian dancers, led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.