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.