Fellom Ballet Presents 11th Annual “Traveling Nutcracker”

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.

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.

Fellom Ballet Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream May 11

Clockwise, from left, are Taylor Gautreaux as Hermia, Dawson Gildig as Oberon, Emily Montelepre as Helena, Vibriyogn Epuri as Lysander and Katherine Schepker as Puck in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” presented by Fellom Ballet May 11 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Fellom Ballet will present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond, Louisiana.

 
Ticket prices range from $17 to $20 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Columbia Theatre Box Office at (985) 543-4371 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, as well as 1 hour prior to the performance. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.columbiatheatre.org
 
In support of arts in education, a school performance also will be staged May 11 at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are still being accepted from area schools for the May 11 performance at 9:30 a.m. Interested schools should call the Columbia Theatre at (985) 543-4366 or visit www.columbiatheatre.org for more information.
 
Fellom Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is told in 70 minutes as adapted for children’s ballet by Martie Fellom and features the works of musical composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). In this adaptation of Shakespeare’s charming and funny tale, magic happens when the Elfin Forest King Oberon, Fairy Queen Titania and the mischievous Puck’s paths intertwine with those of Athenian citizens wandering about in the enchanted Elfin Forest.
 
Principal dancers include: Katherine Schepker as Oberon’s favorite fairy, Puck; Taylor Gautreaux as Hermia; Emily Montelepre as Helena; and Eastin Braud as the Changeling Boy.
 
Dancing the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies, are Abigail Russell for the public performance and Faith Allen for the education outreach performance. Portraying Lysander for the education outreach performance will be Jeremy Lloyd with Vibriyogn Epuri set to dance the role for the public performance.
 
Titania’s Fairies include: Gabi Alford as Cobweb; Katie Amos as Mustard Seed; Caroline Casey as Mirth; Juliette LeRay as Moth; Olivia Lowentritt as Sage; and Emma Miranda as Peasblossom.
 
Dancing as Oberon’s Fairies are: Eliot Chance, Claire Folks, Emma Hood, Amelie Lemoine, Mia Piazza and Abigail Thompson.
  
Comprising the Athenian Court are: Carli Anderson, Amanda Babin, Kate Bornkessel, Emma Dare Chance, Lola Fletcher, Sophia Hanna, Adelyn Lemoine and Gabrielle Reggio.
 
Love-in-Idleness Elves include: Tyler Labbe and Dillon Maloney.
 
Love-in-Idleness Pixies are: Candice Alford, Lilly Bertucci, Emily Chalona, Kendall Duncan, Averyl Fisher, Rowyn Fletcher, Molly Graff, Addyson Karmeisool, Penny Rose Lentini, Amelia McKinney, Aly O’Flynn, Violet Sandifer and Katherine Thompson.
 

Katherine Schepker creates mischievous mayhem as Puck, King Oberon’s favorite fairy, in Fellom Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Fireflies include: Lily Anderson, Gabby Baldwin, Piper Bjornsen, Evan Braud, Caragen Catlin, Esther Kate Chance, Addisyn Cunningham, Sarah Dreher, Anna Johnson, Baylynn LaMarca, Ryann Lindsey, Grace O’Neill and Macauley Richardson.

 
Forest Fairies are: Eliza Kate Cowser, Brinley Cummins, Aubrey Dearie, Riley Fleming, Francesca Hanna, Jakelyn Latino, Rachel Lobue and Ella Joy Pearce.
 
Dragonflies include: Abbey Alford, Anna Carter, Adia Fisher, Elsie Gohres, AnnaBeth Trigo and Audrey Vicknair.
 
Dancing as Butterflies are: Estella Braud, Genevieve Guillot, Hayden Horzelski, Brooklyn Karmeisool, Nataly Kennedy, Juliana Montelepre, Brigid O’Neill, Annabelle Traylor and Kelsey Tricou.
 
Lullaby Fairies include: Emmalee Ballay, Kimberlyn Bonanno, Madelyn Brockman, Emma Carroll, Ella Grace Cunningham, Emersyn Durnin, Lily Bel Edwards, Mackenzie Griffin, Annie Grob, Juliana Heroman, Sia Pace, Charlotte Titus, Presley Torbergsen, Adelyne Travis, Kimberly Vega, Skylar Vining, Fiona Waller and Sage Waller.
 
Special guest artists include: Angela Babin as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; Todd Babin, as Egeus, Hermia’s father; Dawson Gildig as Oberon, King of the Elfin Forest; Mick Hawkins as Theseus, Duke of Athens; Lester Savoie as Bottom, a comedy actor from Athens; and Brandon Sciortino as Demetrius.
  
Instructors appearing on stage include: Faith Allen as a Butterfly Sprite; Kelly Domiano as the Damselfly Sprite; Cynthia Fellom-Tricou as the Good Night Fairy; Katie Stansbury as the Sweet Dreams Fairy; and Maggie R. Oldendorf as the Fairy of the Night.
 
Choreographers include: Faith Allen, Kelly Domiano, Claire Draper, Maggie R. Oldendorf, Katie Stansbury and Cynthia Fellom Tricou. Cynthia Fellom Tricou, Martie Fellom and Maggie R. Oldendorf serve as artistic directors, and narrator is Avril Font.
 
To register dancers for upcoming summer programs or the 2017-2018 studio schedule, visit www.fellomballet.com or call Fellom Ballet Business Director Michelle Bates at (985) 974-3996.
 

Abigail Russell dances the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in Fellom Ballet’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Fellom Ballet Presents 10th Annual “Traveling Nutcracker”

From left, Abigail Russell, of Denham Springs High School, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tyler Labbe, of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School, will portray the Nutcracker Prince, and Penny Rose Lentini, who attends Holy Ghost Catholic School, will portray Clara.

The “Land of Sweets” will come to life as 35 Fellom Ballet intermediate and advanced dancers offer performances of a miniature, traveling “Nutcracker” Dec. 1 through Dec. 2 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. 1.

On Dec. 2, the cast will entertain residents of Hammond Nursing Home and Live Oak Village before a public performance at 3 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 Penny Lentini, who attends Holy Ghost Catholic School. Playing the role of Clara’s brother, Fritz, is Aly O’Flynn, who is homeschooled. Abigail Russell, of Denham Springs High School, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Tyler Labbe, of Hammond Eastside Elementary 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): Candice Alford of Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School, Lilly Bertucci (homeschooled), Kendall Duncan of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School, Averyl Fisher (homeschooled), Molly Graff of Holy Ghost Catholic School and Amelia McKinney of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School as Clara’s Friends; Emily Chalona and Rowyn Fletcher of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School, as well as Addyson Karmeisool, Violet Sandifer and Hailey White of Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School as Fritz’s Friends; Ballerina Doll Mia Piazza (homeschooled); Soldier Doll Katherine Thompson of Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School; Harlequin Doll Caroline Casey of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School; Snow Queen Katie Amos of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School; Snowflakes Amanda Babin and Emma Dare Chance (home-schooled); Spanish Olivia Lowentritt of Archbishop Hannan High School; Arabians Taylor Gautreaux and Katherine Schepker of Hammond High Magnet School; Chinese Emily Montelepre (homeschooled); Russians Vibriyogn Epuri of Hammond High Magnet School and Emma Miranda of Albany High School; Marzipan Principal Claire Folks of Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy; Marzipan Ivey Alford (homeschooled) and Emma Hood of Albany Middle School; Bon Bons Eliot Chance (home-schooled), Lola Fletcher of Hammond Eastside Magnet School and Sophia Hanna of Ponchatoula High School; Dew Drop Fairy Alana Knight of Ponchatoula High School; and Flowers Gabi Alford (homeschooled), Amelie Dupuy (homeschooled) and Juliette LeRay of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School.

This marks the tenth 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 and Emily Randon.

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 the studio’s Facebook page.
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About

Cynthia Fellom Tricou, Artie Fellom Gautier, and Martie Fellom founded the school in 1965.  The sisters pursued professions in education, earned graduate degrees, and studied classical ballet as well as many other dance forms in New York, Texas, Hawaii, Colorado, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.  The three still remain active in all aspects of the school and work closely with an outstanding team of teachers.

The teachers at Fellom Ballet are carefully selected on the basis of training, experience, personal character, creativity, and artistry.  A highly selective faculty is central to the implementation of the school’s philosophy.

10 Reasons to Study Ballet at FELLOM BALLET:

  1. Develop an appreciation for the art of ballet and the joy of movement.
  2. Improve posture and body alignment.
  3. Strengthen the body – improve health:  cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition.
  4. Develop gracefulness and poise (co-ordination, balance, and control).
  5. Develop inner beauty (also memory, mental and visual sharpness).
  6. Develop discipline, self-control, and personal etiquette, and respect for others.
  7. Strengthen & improve other dance forms.
  8. Interact with and support an appreciation of related arts:  music, storytelling-literature, visual arts, and drama.
  9. Improve agility in sports.
  10. BALLET is a GREAT form of exercise!  It’s also great fun!