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Local dancers present 11th annual "Traveling Nutcracker"

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Local dancers present 11th annual "Traveling Nutcracker"
HAMMOND---The “Land of Sweets” will come to life as nearly 30 Fellom Ballet intermediate and advanced dancers offer performances of a miniature, traveling “Nutcracker” Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 for school children, nursing home/assisted living residents and the general public.

As part of Fellom Ballet’s commitment to arts in education, the cast will take their show on the road to Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School on Friday, Nov. 30.

On Dec. 1, the cast will entertain residents of Hammond Nursing Home, Oak Park Village and Summerfield Senior Living before a public performance at 3 p.m. in a new venue – the Student Union Theater on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University, located at 303 Texas Ave. in Hammond. Admission for the public performance is one non-perishable sweet or savory item to benefit The Tangi Food Pantry and Southeastern’s Student Food Pantry through a partnership with Southeastern’s Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. Cookies and milk will be served following the 38-minute performance.

Portraying Clara is Violet Sandifer, who attends Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School. Playing the role of Clara’s brother, Fritz, is Esther Kate Chance, who is homeschooled. Olivia Lowentritt of Archbishop Hannan High School will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Southeastern Louisiana University student Dillon Maloney will reprise his role as the Rat King.

Guest artists Dawson Gildig of Southeastern Louisiana University and Mick Hawkins of Hammond will portray the Nutcracker Prince and Godfather Drosselmeyer respectively.

The cast also includes (in order of appearance): Clara’s Friends Rowyn Fletcher of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School and Lily Anderson of Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School; Fritz’ Friends Molly Graff of Holy Ghost Catholic School, Averyl Fisher (homeschooled) and Amelia McKinney of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School; Ballerina Doll Lola Fletcher of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School; Soldier Doll Emma Miranda of Albany High School; Harlequin Doll Aly O’Flynn (homeschooled); Snowflakes Mia Piazza of Regina Coeli Child Development Center, Carli Anderson of Holy Ghost Catholic School, and Caroline Casey and Juliette LeRay of Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School; Spanish Amelie Dupuy (homeschooled) and Claire Folks of Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy; Arabian Emma Hood of Albany Middle School; Chinese Abigail Bates of Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School; Russians Eliot Chance (homeschooled) and Dillon Maloney; Marzipan Candice Alford of Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School, Lily Bertucci (homeschooled), Penny Lentini of Holy Ghost Catholic School and Kendall Duncan of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School; and Flowers Amanda Babin and Emma Dare Chance (homeschooled), Emily Chalona of Lancaster Elementary School; and Katherine Thompson of Albany Middle School.

This marks the eleventh consecutive year that Fellom Ballet has presented the traveling Nutcracker as a community service project. Cynthia Fellom Tricou will serve as narrator of the ballet that was choreographed this year by Faith Allen, Kelly Domiano, Claire Draper, Maggie Oldendorf and Katherine Schepker.

One of the most performed ballets of all time, “The Nutcracker” is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 novella “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” It made its ballet debut in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia with music composed by Peter Tchaikovsky. The story revolves around Clara, a young girl who receives a Nutcracker doll as a Christmas gift and then enters a magical world called the “Land of Sweets.”

For more information, call Fellom Ballet at (985) 974-3996. You also can get more information by visiting www.fellomballet.com or the studio’s Facebook page.

PHOTO: Violet Sandifer will dance the role of Clara with Olivia Lowentritt as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dawson Gildig as the Nutcracker Prince in Fellom Ballet’s 11th Annual Traveling Nutcracker Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Sandifer attends Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School, Lowentritt attends Archbishop Hannan High School and Gildig is a student at Southeastern Louisiana University.