PHOTO: Scene from past production of “Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet.”
As dancers change from year to year, Josephs’ palette adjusts for his local dancers. The icing on the cake for “Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet” is the appearance of Carolina Ballet dancers in showcase roles.
NEWDO alum Randi Osetek (teamed with Dameon Nagel) continues as a role model in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy – ballerina sleek and smooth, graceful, artistic, elegant yet daring (and trusting of Nagel’s catches) and overall the image of a seasoned dancer.
Yevgeny Shlapko is a bonus. As the Soldier Doll, he’s a honed figure of smart, soldierly precision. As the Nutcracker Prince, Shlapko adds layers of regal and romantic charm. In both characters, he participates in scenes with the local company and heightens the energy level. The Nutcracker Prince also escorts the story’s dreaming girl, Clara, and enhances her dances.
Ruth Brandt is this production’s Clara, and she’s got look, style and finesse. In movement and demeanor, Ruth Brandt speaks warmly as she defines Clara.
Timothy Josephs, artistic director and choreographer; Diane Danhieux and Kristen Throne; ballet mistresses; Kyle Pingel, costume coordinator, Lori Maher, Kyle Pingel and Tutus Devine, costume designers; Jeffrey Paul Entwistle, scenic and lighting designer
Dr. Stahlbaum: Tom Abbott
Mrs. Stahlbaum: Paula Abbott
Clara: Ruth Brandt
Fritz: Austin Dolphin
Mothers: Heidi Biller, Laura Bronk, Karen Cowen, Julie Meyer, Ali Michaud, Emily Paulsen, Teal Peters
Fathers: Brad Biller, Curt Christnot, Kyle Pingel, Dean Rodeheaver, Scott Thompson, Eric Ulve
Party Boys: Elizabeth Ely, Whitney Michaud, Kaia Rodeheaver, Stephanie Wilke
Party Girls: Hannah Biller, Grace Burroughs, Delaney Collins, Claire Edgar
Little Party Girls: Helen Flanagan, Whitney Michaud, Elas Mingori, Gretchen Paulsen, Lily Polzin
Little Party Boys: Olivia Davis, Francesca Wied, Grace Madden, Lily Polzin, So-Hee Wreen
Maids: Barb Gallagher, Pamela Josifek
Grandmother: Tammy Verbrick
Grandfather: Diane Danhieux
Uncle Drosselmeyer: Nicolas Humphrey
Christmas Tree Angel: Anna Marie Johnson
Dancing Dolls: Ava Brandt, Morgan Yates
Soldier Doll: Yevgeny Shlapko
Nutcracker Prince: Yevgeny Shlapko
Soldiers: Delaney Collins, Austin Dolphin, Chloe Eggers, Elizabeth Ely, Sophia Gerbec, Lauren Kautzer, Sophie Ulve, Abigail Vlies, Stephanie Wilke
Mouse Queen: McKenzie Alosi
Mice: Maddy Burgess, Maddie Eckberg, Katie Eggers, April Krumpos, Gretchen Paulsen, Adriannah Popkey, Kaia Rodenheaver, Ava Van Straten, Madeline Vlies, Mari White
Little Mice: Ethan Arts, Helen Flanagan, Fiona Josephs, Hayden Josephs, Liam Meyer
Snow Queen: Morgan Yates
Dancing Snow Flakes: McKenzie Alosi, Hannah Biller, Ava Brandt, Grace Burroughs, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Claire Edgar, Chloe Eggers, Sophie Harpt, Anna Marie Johnson, Julie Meyer, Emma Steffel, Kristen Throne, Abigail Vlies, Skye Vandeleest
Christmas Tree Angels: Anna Marie Johnson, Pamela Josifek, Alicia Michaud, Abigail Vlies
Angels: Cloe Eggers, Lauren Kautzer, Sophie Ulve, Madeline Vlies, Brylee Birkholz, Emily Bonkowski, Olivia Davis, Sophie Davis, Maddie Eckberg, Zoe Eckberg, Katie Eggers, Fiona Josephs, Gabrielle Madden, Grace Madden, Katie Meyer, Whitney Michaud, Ella Mingori, Lauren Polfuss, Daelyn Sanders, Claire Silta, Jocelyn Silta, Hannah Sternig, McKenna Stueck, Arianna Thompson, Annalyse Throne, Francesca Wied, Madeleine Wied, Emma Wiinamaki
Chocolate: Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Angie Flanagan, Kristen Throne
Coffee: Grace Philipp, Morgan Yates
Tea Sweets: Austin Dolphin, Mari White, April Krumpos, Adriannah Popkey
Trepak: Dominque Carvalho, Delaney Collins, Claire Edgar, Chloe Eggers, Emma Steffel, Abigail Vlies
Marzipan: Ava Brandt, McKenzie Alosi, Grace Burroughs
Mother Ginger: Curt Christnot
Mother Ginger’s Children and Cookies: Maddy Burgess, Katie Eggers, Elizabeth Ely, Sophia Gerbec, April Krumpos, Lilly Meyer, Gretchen Paulsen, Adriannah Popkey, Kaia Rodeheaver, Sophie Luve, Ava Van Straten, Madeleine Vlies, Mari White, Stephanie Wilke, Helen Flanagan, Fiona Josephs.
Waltz of the Flowers: Morgan Yates, McKenzie Alosi, Hanna Biller, Ava Brandt, Grace Burroughs, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Claire Edgar, Chloe Eggers, Anna Marie Johnson, Emma Steffel, Skye Vandeleest
Cavalier: Dameon Nagel
Favorite parts of the “Nutcracker” for the audience are delivered with oomph by Josephs and dancers. “Dancing Snow Flakes” is a snowy, blustery showcase. “Waltz of the Flowers” has a smooth dynamic. In Act II’s fantasyland sections, featured dancers collect cheers for lively presentations of “Chocolate,” “Coffee,” “Tea Sweets,” “Trepak” and “Marzipan.”
It’s a good show (4 stars out of 5) that does justice to the enduring, captivating music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, whose imagination was enormous.
The production features 87 dancers from studios (5668 Dance, All That Dance, Barb’s Centre for Dance, Fancy Dancer, Green Bay School of Dance, Generation Dance and
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