Fellom Ballet Presents 8th Annual “Traveling” Nutcracker

Counterclockwise, Amelie Dupuy will dance the role of Clara with Vibriyogn Epuri as the Nutcracker Prince and Katherine Schepker as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Fellom Ballet’s 8th Annual Traveling Nutcracker Dec. 4-5. Schepker and Epuri attend Hammond High Magnet School, and Dupuy is home-schooled.

Counterclockwise, Amelie Dupuy will dance the role of Clara with Vibriyogn Epuri as the Nutcracker Prince and Katherine Schepker as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Fellom Ballet’s 8th Annual Traveling Nutcracker Dec. 4-5. Schepker and Epuri attend Hammond High Magnet School, and Dupuy is home-schooled.

[HAMMOND, La.]—The “Land of Sweets” will come alive as more than 40 Fellom Ballet intermediate and advanced dancers offer seven performances of a “mini” traveling “Nutcracker” Dec. 4-5 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 Champ Cooper Elementary School and Hammond Eastside Magnet School on Friday, Dec. 4.

On Dec. 5, the cast will entertain residents of Hammond Nursing Home and Live Oak Village before a public performance at 1 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 Amelie Dupuy, who is home-schooled. Playing the role of Clara’s brother, Fritz, is Emma Hood, who attends Albany Upper Elementary. Katherine Schepker, 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.

Guest performers include Mick Hawkins of Hammond as Godfather Drosselmeyer; and Dillon Maloney of Springfield High School as the Rat King.

The cast also includes (in order of appearance): Party Children Amanda Babin, Emma Dare Chance and Mia Piazza (all home-schooled), as well as Jean Treas of St. Joseph Catholic School; Ballerina Dolls Claire Folks of Springfield Elementary School; Harlequin Dolls Claire O’Neill (home-schooled) and Abigail Thompson of Hammond Eastside Magnet School; Soldier Doll Caroline Casey of St. Joseph Catholic School; Snow Queen Gabi Alford of Hammond Eastside Magnet School; Snowflakes Claire Chauvin of Holy Ghost Catholic School, Sienna Guillot of St. Joseph Catholic School, Anna Grace Hornbuckle of Holy Ghost Catholic School, Carly Jones (home-schooled), Adelyn Lemoine of Hammond Eastside Magnet School and Halia Norred of Courtney Christian School; Spanish Soloist Taylor Gautreaux, of Hammond High Magnet School; Chinese Soloist Lizzie Zaffuto, of Holy Ghost Catholic School; Arabian Principal Dancer Alana Knight of Ponchatoula High School with Arabian Dancers Amelie Lemoine of Hammond Eastside Magnet School and Eliot Chance (home-schooled); French Bon Bons Ivey Alford (home-schooled), Abby Harper of Ponchatoula Junior High School, Juliette LeRay of Holy Ghost Catholic School and Emma Miranda of Albany Junior High School; Marzipan Principal Dancer Hayley Novak (home-schooled) and Marzipan Dancers Sophia Hanna of Ponchatoula Junior High School, Shelby Matthews of Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Katie Miranda of Albany High School and Skyla Stanley of Hammond Eastside Magnet School; Russian Dancer Abby Russell of Denham Springs Freshman High School; Dew Drop Fairy Siri Lopinto of Champ Cooper Elementary School; and Flowers Isabella Delpidio of St. Joseph Catholic School, Kelsey Jones (home-schooled), Malyn Rolling of Southeastern Laboratory School and Emily Villars (home-schooled).

This marks the eighth 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 Kelly Maloney Domiano.

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) 351-8518. You also can get more information by visiting www.fellomballet.com or the studio’s Facebook page.

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