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American Youth Ballet

http://www.americanyouthballet.org/

Nutcracker

In Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College

Saturday 22 December 2012, 2 pm and 7 pm
Photos were shot in two locations:
American Dance Center - http://www.amdance.org/ - (studio) and JCCC (dress/tech/performance)
in Yardley Hall

Ticketing - JCCC Box Office: 913-469-4445

Tickets prices were $14, $20 and $22.
Both performances came close to filling Yardley to capacity (1341 seats)

There were literally only a few handfuls of seats remaining for the 2 pm performance and a few more remaining for the 7 pm performance and that includes the boxes.

== Studio Rehearsals ==
== (theater pics below) ==

Katy Hagen in studio rehearsal Dec 13th with Jennifer Tierney and Kristopher Estes-Brown directing
Katy Hagen in studio rehearsal Dec 13th with Jennifer Tierney and Kristopher Estes-Brown directing

Studio rehearsal for Arabian, Emily Tatham
Studio rehearsal for Arabian, Emily Tatham

   
Joe Flickner in studio as Nutcracker Prince
Joe Flickner (Nutcracker Prince) in studio rehearsal
Amy DeHart in studio rehearsal
Amy DeHart in studio rehearsal
   

Study in catching the same action by going to rehearsals, learning the choreography and listening to the music. This is the same part in the choreography for dancers Erik Sobbe and Emily Tatham on three separate dates during studio rehearsals where they perform grand jetes at the same time in opposite directions and from opposite sides of the stage.
Study in catching the same action by going to rehearsals, learning the choreography and listening to the music. This is the same
part in the choreography for dancers Erik Sobbe and Emily Tatham on three separate dates during studio rehearsals where they
perform grand jetes at the same time in opposite directions and from opposite sides of the stage.

Another study repeating coverage of a sequence in across three rehearsal dates. Not all the individual shots are shots that I would normally choose as a separate picture. But the exercise hones my ability to get precise shots by intent rather than chance. This is not about timing and reactions. All timing and reactions require subject knowledge and listening. That is where the real work comes in.
Another study repeating coverage of a sequence in across three rehearsal dates. Not all the individual shots are shots
that I would normally choose as a separate picture. But the exercise hones my ability to get precise shots
by intent rather than chance. This is not about timing and reactions. All timing and reactions require
subject knowledge and listening. That is where the real work comes in.

Molly Cook as Mirliton with three pas de chats on two dates in studio rehearsal and (in the middle) in the Theater
Molly Cook as Mirliton with three pas de chats on three different dates in studio and in dress (in the middle)

Three sissones in the Spanish section. Stephanie Ruley (7pm) on the left and Katy Hagen (2pm) in the right two shots.
Sissones in the Spanish section, three times. Stephanie Ruley (7pm) on the left and Katy Hagen (2pm) in the right two shots.

== In Theater ==

Rose (left, front, Taylor Arel) and flowers (Danica Williams, center) dress
Rose (left, front, Taylor Arel) and flowers (Danica Williams, center) dress

Arel Taylor as a Rose in The Nutcracker (2012)
Arel Taylor as a Rose

Stephanie Ruley as the Sugar Plum Fairy - 2pm - In the background are the Nutcracker Prince Joe Flickner and Clara (2pm) Lisa Kobayashi
Stephanie Ruley as the Sugar Plum Fairy - 2pm - In the background are the Nutcracker Prince Joe Flickner and Clara (2pm) Lisa Kobayashi

Arel Taylor as the Sugar Plum Fairy - 7pm - In the background are the Nutcracker Prince Joe Flickner and Clara (2pm) Mallerie Moore
Arel Taylor as the Sugar Plum Fairy - 7pm - In the background are the Nutcracker Prince Joe Flickner and Clara (2pm) Mallerie Moore

Onstage notes after dress on Thursday
Onstage notes after dress on Thursday

(7pm) Clara, Mallerie Moore - ready to dream of The Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince, and a cast of characters
(7pm) Clara, Mallerie Moore - ready to dream of The Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince, and a cast of characters

Jennifer Tierney as "Grandma" between performance Saturday passing by usused rolls of flooring
Jennifer Tierney in costume as "Grandma" between performance Saturday passing by usused rolls of flooring

Meredith Green (2pm) Snow Queen
Meredith Green (2pm) Snow Queen

Stephanie Ruley and Arel Taylor as snowflakes
Stephanie Ruley and Arel Taylor as snowflakes

Erik Sobbe as the Snow King
Erik Sobbe as the Snow King

Two flowers and Emily Tatham as the Rose (in jete). Orchestra conductor, James Funkhouser, at bottom.
Two flowers and Emily Tatham as the Rose (in jete). Orchestra conductor, James Funkhouser, at bottom.

Meredith Green as (2pm) Columbine Doll (front, center), Curt Knupp as Dr. Drosselmeyer standing with arms out above her.
Meredith Green as (2pm) Columbine Doll (front, center), Curt Knupp as Dr. Drosselmeyer standing with arms out above her.

On stage prior to dress Friday. Danica Williams in center. (sous-sous)
On stage prior to dress Friday. Danica Williams in center. (sous-sous)

2pm Mirlitons - Mollie Cook in front with Hannah Baillie, Andrea Dahl, Sasha Reid and Bonnie Weinberg
2pm Mirlitons - Mollie Cook in front with Hannah Baillie, Andrea Dahl, Sasha Reid and Bonnie Weinberg

Arel Taylor as (7pm) Sugar Plum Fairy with Mallerie Moore (7pm) Clara and Joseph Flickner as Nutcracker Prince.
Arel Taylor as (7pm) Sugar Plum Fairy with Mallerie Moore (7pm) Clara and Joseph Flickner as Nutcracker Prince.

Lisa Kobayashi, (2pm) Clara holding the Nutcracker. Behind are Erik Sobbe (left) and Dalton Heinle (costumed as party guest parents)
Lisa Kobayashi, (2pm) Clara holding the Nutcracker. Behind are Erik Sobbe (left) and Dalton Heinle (costumed as party guest parents)

Preparing props - Friday dress
Preparing props and costumes - Friday dress

Friday dress - getting things ready on stage
Friday dress - getting things ready on stage

 

American Youth Ballet, 2-12-2013 Members

The American Youth Ballet is the performing troupe of the American Dance Center school at 117th and Quivira in Overland Park, Kansas owned and operated by Kristopher Estes-Brown and Jennifer Tierney.

Senior CompanySofia Acosta, Taylor Arel, Molly Cook, Anne-Marie Dahms, Meredith Green, Dena'h Gregory, Katy Hagen, Amy DeHart, Juliana Kuhn, Stephanie Ruley, Emily Tatham, Cassie Wang, Danica Williams, Sydney Wilson
Junior Company IIHannah Baillie, Andrea Dahl, Ellie Festa, Julia McGregor, Sasha Reid, Lisa Kobayashi, Paula Walewicz, Catherine Watkins, Bonnie Weinberg, Anna Wolock
Junior Company I Annie Cook, Genevieve Frank, Elise Johnson, Mallerie Moore, Miriam Rogers
Apprentice CompanyEmmaline Schow, Samantha Sperke
   

Program

 

The Nutcracker

ChoreographyKristopher Estes-Brown
MusicPyotr llyich Tchaikovsky
Set DesignJason Phillips, Paul Mesner Puppets, Ethan Steimel, Ryan Hasler, Kristopher Estes-Brown
Lighting DesignEric Loffland, Kristopher Estes-Brown
CostumesJennifer Tierney, Deborah Green, Denna Flickner, Carol Brookover, Gayla Voss
 

Prologue

   
Dr. DrosselmeyerCurt Knupp
NephewAlley Bowles (2p), Nevada Loescher (7p)
Columbine DollSydney Wilson (2p), Meredith Green(7p)
  Columbine Tutu generously underwritten by the Wilson Family and the Green Family
VivandiereAnne-Marie Dahms (2p), Amy DeHart (7p)
GrandmotherJennifer Tierney
Party Guest ParentsGenevieve Frank, Hiromi Lessman, Emily Tatham, Joseph Flickner, Dalton Heinle, Erik Sobbe
Party Guest ChildrenAnnie Cook, Molly Cook, Elise Johnson, Gael Kuhn, Julia McGregor, Ravi Mohammad, Theo Mohammad, Miriam Rogers, Anna Wolock
 

ACT I

  Interior Drop generously underwritten by the Moore Family
MaidsTaylor Arel, Stephanie Ruley, Paula Walewicz
Frau StahlbaumDeborah Green
ClaraLisa Kobayashi (2p), Mallerie Moore (7p)
  Clara Party Scene Costume generously underwritten by the Acosta Family
Clara Nightgown costume generously underwritten by Jesse Cooper
FritzAsher Wilson
LouisaCassie Wang
GovernessesSamantha Cacy, Herr Stahlbaum, Moe Graenser
Lieutenant MiceAnnie Cook, Julia Hughes, Nevada Loescher, Ashlyn Mills
Baby MiceLily Leach, Alice Lenz, Kristianna Moore, Samantha Thurston
MiceElyse Jackson, Jacie Johnson, Tina Li, Elizabeth Remington, Katie Xue
Nutcracker PrinceJoseph Flickner
CavalryPaula Walewicz, Bonnie Weinberg
SoldiersHannah Baillie, Alley Bowles, Ellie Festa, Sasha Reid, Samantha Sperke, Calherine Walkins, Asher Wilson, Anna Wolock
Rat KingMoe Graenser
  Growing Tree generously underwritten by Cliff and Elaine Tatham
Snow KingErik Sobbe
Snow QueenMeredith Green(2p), Katy Hagen(7p)
Snow Fallgenerously underwritten by Cliff & Elaine Tatham and The Moore Family with Madi Mali Homes
SnowflakesSofia Acosta, Taylor Arel, Molly Cook(7p), Andrea Dahl (7p), Amy DeHart (2p), Anne-Marie Dahms, Meredith Green (7p), Katy Hagen(2p), Juliana Kuhn (2p), Stephanie Ruley, Emily Tatham, Cassie Wang, Danica Williams, Sydney Wilson

ACT II

  Angel Scene generously sponsored by Paula and Bryan Dahms and the 40 MPG Kia Optima Hybrid
CherubsAlexis Arp, Tara Cook, Isabella Hotalling, Ellie Johnson, Eliana Kovacova, Joshua Kovacova, Kennedy Rosario, Evelyn Whitworth
AngelsAmy DeHart, Anne-Marie Dahms with Hannah Baillie, Andrea Dahl, Ellie Festa (7p), Genevieve Frank (2p), Lisa Kobayashi (7p), Sasha Reid, Paula Walewicz, Catherine Watkins (2p), Anna Wolock
Sugar Plum FairyStephanie Ruley(2p), Taylor Arel (7p)
  Sugar Plum Fairy Tutu generously underwritten by the Mueller Family and the Watkins Family
SpanishKaty Hagen (2p), Stephanie Ruley (7p), Dalton Heinle
ChineseSofia Acosta, Anne-Marie Dahms, Juliana Kuhn, Cassie Wang
  Chinese Costume generously underwritten by the Acosta Family with Julia Harshbarger, Reyna Kobayashi, Madeline Oliver, Julia Walewicz
MirlitonMolly Cook (2p), Katy Hagen (7p)
with Hannah Baillie, Andrea Dahl, Sasha Reid (2p), Catherine Watkins (7p), Bonnie Weinberg
GingerbreadsAnnie Cook, Genevieve Frank, Elise Johnson, Julia McGregor, Miriam Rogers, Samantha Sperke, Paula Walewicz
Gum DropsAnna Hawk, Madalyn Hesterlee, Melaina Hesterlee, Isobel Li, Eileen O'Hara, Felicia Wu
CooksAyano Fukao, Kyra Highlander, Kaylee Johnson, Annika Jones, Hannah Kim
ArabianEmily Tatham (2p), Meredith Green (7p), Erik Sobbe with MaryAscher, Emily Meiring
RussianDanica Williams (2p), Sydney Wilson (7p) with Ellie Festa, Anna Wolock
  Russian costume generously underwritten by the Wang Family
RoseTaylor Arel(2p) Emily Tatham(7p)
FlowersSofia Acosta, Molly Cook (7p), Andrea Dahl (2p), Anne-Marie Dahms, Amy DeHart (2p), Meredith Green (2p), Katy Hagen (7p), Juliana Kuhn, Cassie Wang, Bonnie Weinberg (7p), Danica Williams, Sydney Wilson
 

Overland Park Orchestra

   
ConductorJames Funkhouser
Violin IVicki Hauser, Concert Master, Miriam Anderson, Clara Blauwiekel, Jennifer Hayes, Kara Hess, Amy Holmes, Twylla Johnson, Colleen McCullough
Violin IIDarren Moring, Principal, Elizabeth Allen, Richelle Basgall, Edwin Fukunaga, Rebecca Hill, Lindsey Peavler, Jim Taylor
ViolaJackie Ives, Principal, Kathy MacNaughton, Anthony Mckinney, Laura Myers, Christopher Schwinger
CelloMichael Davidson, Principal, Celia Arnold, Ed Roxas
BassJoshua Stephenson,, Principal, Kathleen McCullough
FluteNancy Clark, Principal, Mary Schmidt, Charles Jessup
OboeRoy Messick, Principal, Mike Lewis
English HornKristin Thurlby, Principal
ClarinetSteve Max, Principal, Celia Nicholas
Bass ClarinetDebbie Allen
BassoonMelissa Cain, Principal, Kailey Peterson
HornJerry Old, Principal, Don Love, Conja Summerelin, Daniel Graham
TrumpetDavid Clark, Principal, Tim Gillispie
TromboneBob Wilson, Principal, John Connor, Chuck Elliott
TubaCarol Lowman, Principal
TympaniJohn Curry
PercussionBrian Jackson
HarpKara Land, Principal
CelestaAndrew Morris

 

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