‘Nutcracker’ performances set for Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Performances of Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance’s 19th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, "The Nutcracker", are scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, in TJC’s Wise Auditorium.
Full-length performances will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. A special, story-telling version for young children - narrated by Tisa Hibbs - is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Tickets are on sale in the TJC cashier’s office located in the White Administrative Services building. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $9 for TJC students (with valid ID), senior citizens and children under age 12. For more information, call the cashier’s office at 903-510-2672.
The production is under the guidance of director/first choreographer Jennifer Bailey and second choreographer Ashlie M. Contos.
Local participants in this year’s "Nutcracker" presentation are: Emily Adkins, Diana Alfaro, Emily Allegretto, Jillian Anderson, Chad Anding, Hayden Barns, David Beams, Ashley Blevins, Kathleen Bochow, Nathaniel Boonzaaijer, Rachel Booth, Genesis Borens, Marie Bowen, Michaela Bowen, Elizabeth Boynton, Elizabeth Bridges, Emma Brookshire, Sadie Brookshire, Blair Bulman, Caroline Callender, Danielle Chapman, Luke Charlson, Rachel Christiansen, Molly Coleman, Bill Collins, Kylie Cook, Claudia Correa, Emily Cowdrey, Adiah Cunningham, Anna Cushing, Katy Davis, Sarah DeSalvo, Haven Elliott, Lauren Evans, Gentry Fielder, Hamlyn Fielder, Seana Freeman, Rebekkah Garcia, Regan Gerdes, Ashlea Gibson, Darby Good, Autumn Granberry, Faith Granberry, Grace Granberry, Keely Graves, Lyxee Green, Toni Hall, Alison Hammock, Kallie Hastings, Sarah Heatley, Lily Hering, Meghan Hering, Kesli Hill, Kortlyn Hill, Samuel Hollis, Beth Hood, Anna Hornell, Bryant Huey, Al’lena Johnson, Gwen Jones, Tom Jones, Kathy Joseph, Sharon Kariampuzha, Christopher Knight, Michael Knight, Caylee Krouse, Lindsay Laperriere, Madilyn Leatherwood, Michaela Lewis, Valerie Lundberg, Catherine MacPherson, Elizabeth MacPherson, Stephen MacPherson, Cyrus Mahdavi, Maggie Mahfood, Kayleigh Massengill, Karen McKeown, Tanya Miller, Mollie Millslagle, Jessica Monagan, Carley Newsom, Katie Nichols, Charlie Peterson, Emma Pettit, Sarah Katherine Pierce, Laney Pilcher, Matt Pipes, Joy Ramey, Taylor Rapp, Ashley Rice, Fate Richey, Karla Salvatore Caveness, Alexandra Sampson, Natalie Sampson, Lacey Sarver, Suzannah Schall, Micah Sharman, Addison Simmons, Sara Skrocki, Dr. Ann Snyder, Deidre Springs, Sydney Stewart, Cat Stirling, Sharla Stone, Dacota Taylor, Ashlinn Vega, Robin Westby, George Williams, Savannah Williams, Sierra Williams, Carly Wright and Sarah Grace Zandstra.
Guest artists Arina Kolotova and Konstantin Kolotov of Corpus Christi will be in the leading roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Arina Kolotova studied at the Vaganova Academia of Dance and graduated with a diploma from Perm Academy of Ballet. She danced with the Classical Ballet of St. Petersburg and has performed in many major classical ballets such as Aurora the sleeping princess, Song Bird the yellow fairy, and Diamond in "Sleeping Beauty", and Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker". As a principal dancer, she has toured throughout New Zealand, Australia and many European countries.
Konstantin Kolotov, also from St. Petersburg, Russia, received his training from the State College of Choreography in Novosibirsk, Russia, where he graduated with honors. He then danced at the Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Sverdlovsk, Russia, the Theatre of Contemporary Ballet and the Theatre of Classical Ballet in St. Petersburg. His repertoire includes Siegfrid from "Swan Lake", Albrecht in "Giselle", the Cavalier in "The Nutcracker", and the pas de deux from "Paquita," "Don Quixote" and "Le Corsaire". Kolotov has toured extensively in Ecuador, Bolivia and throughout Europe, and is in demand as a guest artist and master instructor throughout the U.S.