Fellom Ballet Presents 12th Annual “Traveling Nutcracker”
The “Land of Sweets” will come to life as more than 30 Fellom Ballet intermediate and advanced dancers offer performances of a miniature, traveling “Nutcracker” Friday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 7 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 Independence Leadership Academy and Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School Dec. 6.
On Dec. 7, the cast will entertain residents of Hammond Nursing Home, Oak Park Village and Summerfield Senior Living before a public performance at 3 p.m. at the Student Union Theater on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University, located at 303 Union 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 lemonade will be served following the 38-minute performance.
Portraying Clara is Rowyn Fletcher, who attends Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School. Playing the role of Clara’s brother, Fritz, is Molly Graff, a Holy Ghost Catholic School Student. Emma Miranda of Albany 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 and also will perform as Soldier Doll.
Guest artists Jake Chance 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 Ester Kate Chance and Maddie Frederick (home schooled) and Violet Sandifer of Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School; Fritz’ Friends Lily Anderson of Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School and Ella Joy Pearce (home schooled); Ballerina Doll Kobi Painting (home schooled); Harlequin Doll Elizabeth McRae (Southeastern Louisiana University); Snow Queen Caroline Casey (St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School); Snowflakes Rosi Avegno and Avery Fisher (home schooled), Amelia McKinney (Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School); and Lydia Perilloux (home schooled); Spanish Emma Hood of Albany High School and Mia Piazza (St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School); Arabian Juliette LeRay (St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School); Chinese Eliot Chance (home schooled); Russian Amelie Dupuy (home schooled); Marzipan Amanda Babin (home schooled), Emily Chalona (Lancaster Elementary School) and Emma Dare Chance (home schooled); Dew Drop Fairy Claire Folks (Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy); Flowers Lola Fletcher (Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School), Ava Harrington (Ponchatoula High School) and Aly O’Flynn (home schooled); and Bon Bons Lily Bertucci (home schooled), Penny Rose Lentini (Holy Ghost Catholic School) and Katherine Thompson (Albany Middle School).
This marks the twelfth 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 Barker 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 and Instagram accounts.