The “Land of Sweets” will come to life as 30 Fellom Ballet intermediate and advanced dancers offer seven performance of a miniature, traveling “Nutcracker” Dec. 2 through Dec. 3, 2016 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 Magnet School on Friday, Dec. 2.
On Dec. 3, the cast will entertain residents of Hammond Nursing Home and Live Oak Village before a public performance at 2 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Chapel and Catholic Student Center, 409 W. Dakota St., Hammond. Admission for the public performance is one non-perishable “sweet” (boxed cake, pie or cookie mixes) to benefit The Tangi Food Pantry. Guests will be invited to decorate cookies and enjoy hot chocolate following the 38-minute performance.
Portraying Clara is Sienna Guillot, who attends St. Joseph Catholic School. Playing the role of Clara’s brother, Fritz, is Katherine Thompson, who attends Hammond Eastside Magnet School. Taylor Gautreaux, of Hammond High Magnet School, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Vibriyogn Epuri, also of Hammond High Magnet School, will portray the Nutcracker Prince.
Dillon Maloney of Springfield will reprise his role as the Rat King with Mick Hawkins of Hammond portraying Godfather Drosselmeyer.
The cast also includes (in order of appearance): Party Children Emily Chalona of Hammond Eastside Magnet School, Addyson Karmeisool of Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School and Aly O’Flynn (homeschooled); Ballerina Doll Amanda Babin (homeschooled); Harlequin Dolls Katelyn Meyers of Trafton Academy and Anna Grace Hornbuckle of Holy Ghost Catholic School; Soldier Doll Amelie Dupuy (homeschooled); Snow Queen Sidney Harvey of Loranger High School; Snowflakes Isabella Delpidio of St. Joseph Catholic School and Lola Fletcher of Hammond Eastside Magnet School; Spanish Caroline Casey of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School and Alana Knight of Ponchatoula High School; Chinese Emma Miranda of Albany Middle School; Arabian Principal Dancer Lizzie Zaffuto of Holy Ghost Catholic School with Arabian Dancers Adelyn Lemoine of Hammond Eastside Magnet School and Emma Dare Chance (home-schooled); French Bon Bons Emma Hood of Albany Middle School, Amelie Lemoine of Hammond Eastside Magnet School and Mia Piazza (homeschooled); Marzipan Abby Russell of Denham Springs High School; Russian Dancer Katherine Schepker of Hammond High Magnet School; Dew Drop Fairy Juliette LeRay of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School; and Flowers Eliot Chance (home-schooled), Sophia Hanna of Ponchatoula Junior High School and Abigail Thompson of Hammond Eastside Magnet School.
This marks the ninth 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 and Maggie Rownd.
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.”