American Youth Ballet - 4 performances
Studio rehearsal Nov 23, 2019 Saturday - Candy Canes: Julia Walewicz (center, lead) and (L and R front) Ella Hiebert and Ansley Chambers (demi soloists)
In Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College
Saturday 14 December 2018, 2 pm and 7 pm
and Sunday 15th, 2 pm and 6 pm
( Note that evening times differ between Sat 7pm and Sun 6pm )
JCCC(dress/performance) in Yardley Hall
Ticketing - JCCC Box Office: 913-469-4445
Via: https://www.americanyouthballet.org/nutcracker - at $15, $21 and $23
Tickets prices: Adults Orch.- $23 Tier/Terr - $21 Balcony - $15 Youth 12 & Under
Yardley Hall's capacity is 1341 seats - Full or nearly full each performance
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The Updated Program from optical character recognition (OCR) scan is at the bottom of this page (will be updated after performance dates)
In-Theater pictures at JCCC's Yardley Hall
Pictures from Dress and Performance Days
Dress for Cast A - Friday December 13th
Daphne Johnson as young Clara - and the menacing mice
Ella Hiebert (Snow Queen) and Ben Rabe (Snow King) in lift (Note: see same lift below as they practice pre-show backstage)
Mackenzie Feldman (lead) in Spanish with (L and R) Annika Jones and Ella Huggins in corps.
Julia Walewicz, Candy Cane lead
Candy Canes: Julia Walewicz (center, lead) and (L and R) Ansley Chambers and Ella Hiebert (demi soloists)
Flowers with Ximena Flores as Rose Queen (in jete)
Abbey Crews as Grown Clara
Julia Harshbarger and Zach Bennett in Arabian
Daphne Johnson as Young Clara and Laura Jones Wallner as Frau Stahlbaum
Dress for Cast B - Thursday December 12th
Pre-performance practice at dress, behind a scrim, Julia Walewicz (center) as Snow Queen,
Left to Right: Ella Huggins as Columbine Doll, Laura Jones Wallner as Frau Stahlbaum, Annika Jones (back to us) as Vivandiere doll
Guests on the street, heading for the house party, David Cross in front
Fritz grabs the Nutcracker doll (Arielle Li as young Clara, and Ella Hiebert asFritz)
and Grandma (Abbey Crews) takes care of business with Fritz (Ella Hiebert)
Snow Queen Julia Walewicz and Snow King Ben Rabe, in dress (above) and below in practice before dress performance
Pre-show, behind the curtain, Julia Walewicz and Ben Rabe practicing a fish position for Snow Queen and King
Grown Clara - Ximena Flores
Julia Harshbarger - three hops back then releve on toe, each time moving backward (notice the background)
with shots taken only at the releve (frames 2666, 7, 8, 9)
Spanish lead Audrey Merckling,- sisson at finale
Candy Cane lead Annie Cook, pulling a hula hoop around her in a leap.
Maureen Borberg in Arabian, at finale
Abbey Crews, Rose Queen
Arielle Li, as young Clara, hoisting the Nutcracker at the finale.
Pictures from Studio Rehearsals
Sunday Dec 1st, both casts in section below - earlier rehearsals below that.
"Angels" at curtain open, Act II
"Spanish" role (sisson) Cast B (above) and Cast A (below)
Mackenzie Feldman ("Spanish" character) in a sisson
Same opening moment (in front of curtain, on apron), different casts above (A) and below (B).
Miss Jennifer in grandma role above and below she is on the side watching Abbey Crews as grandmother.
Sunday Nov 24th (below), Cast B (Saturday, cast A, below this section)
Annie Cook - candy cane lead pulling hula hoop around her
Saturday Nov 23rd and Cast A, below
A Few More Pictures
Practicing behind the curtain during intermission at 2 pm performance Saturday - Candy Cane lead Julia Walewicz
A "mugging" backstage
More "mugging" in the lobby
Ella Hiebert and Ben Rabe (as Snow Queen and Snow King pas de deux) practicing pirouettes pre-show, behind the curtain.
Ella Hiebert and Ben Rabe (as Snow Queen and Snow King) practicing a lift, pre-show, behind the curtain.
This is the same lift you see above in dress.
From the Tongue-in-Cheek Department:
Conductor Kris Hilding, 4 minutes before curtain - inspired by the photo meme of "Conductors Doing Ordinary Things" (or words to that effect)
Right after this I headed for my sight-line video cameras and Kris headed for the orchestra pit.
My sightline cameras with two digital audio recorders next to Sean the sound guy.
The incredibly famous and enigmatic "Woman on a Couch" image - Annie Cook in maid costume, preshow behind the curtain.
View over the orchestra pit of Yardley Hall at intermission.
Intermission behind the curtain: Zachary Bennett ducks under Maureen Borberg's leg in Arabian while Julia Harshbarger works on her Sugar Plum Fairy.
Abbey Crews (Rose Queen) and Annie Cook (Candy Cane lead) are in the background.
Spanish 2 pm Sunday lead Audrey Merckling poses with young concert goer after Sunday's 2 pm show.
American Youth Ballet
Nutcracker 2019 cast and crew
Artistic Directors Jennifer Tierney and Kristopher Estes-Brown
Choreography by Kristopher Estes-Brown Music composed by Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky Set Design by Jason Phillips, Paul Mesner Puppets, Ryan Hasler, and Kristopher Estes-Brown Lighting Design by Kristopher Estes-Brown Costuming Director Sheila Olson with Kathleen Bradford, Jennifer Tierney, Deborah Green, Gayla Voss, Denna Flickner, Carol Brookover, Kate Erlinger Act I Young Clara Daphne Johnson, Arielle Li Dr. Drosselmeyer Curt Knupp Nephew Preston Cook Louisa Nadine Peck, Halle Jaeger Fritz Julia Walewicz, Ella Hiebert Governess Audrey Merckling Grandmother Jennifer Tierney, Abbey Crews Columbine Hannah Chong, Ella Huggins Vivandiere Madalyn Hesterlee, Annika Jones Soldier Doll Asher Wilson Frau Stahlbaum Laura Wallner Herr Stahlbaum Tony Witt Maids Annie Cook; Ximena Flores, Ansley Chambers Party Guest Parents David Cross, Julia Harshbarger, Alexis Applegate, Mackenzie Feldman, Moe Graenser, Zachary Bennett Party Guest Children Mason Cook, Max Isaac, Souleye Bodian, Logan Jones, Asher Merckling, Owen Chambers, Mikayla Neo, Matalin Patel, Adeline Qin, Ashley Chen, Lillian Meier, Wren Versluis, Ella Kaemmer, Sophia Qui Mia Maciula, Juliet Lothyan, Ellie Xu, Lily Leach, Cindy Jiang, Tara Cook, Lindsey Kim Baby Mouse Leonie Osman, Phoebe Fyten, Annalise Stroud, Elijah Jones, James Klenke, Ximena Velazquez-Musalem, Miriam Ruder, Vivienne Weaver Mice Bella Gladish, Estella Stawarz, Kiersten Koenings, Madeline Harvey, Bella Breithaupt, Mason Cook, Kylie Julianto, Emily Petrella, Anna Sawafuji, Katie Chen, Shiloh Nelson, Owen Chambers Cavalry Vivan Hsiao, Elsa Pineda, Tara Cook, Caroline Taliaferro Soldiers Jasmine Harris, Lexi Arp, Annabella Choi, Vera Scanlan, Halle Jaeger, Lindsey Kim, Arielle Li, Lily Leach, Cindy Jiang, Koyuri Morita, Grace Himmelberg, Daphne Johnson Nutcracker Asher Wilson Grown Clara Abbey Crews, Ximena Flores Snow King Benjamin Rabe Snow Queen Ella Hiebert, Julia Walewicz Snowflakes Ansley Chambers, Ximena Flores, Julia Harshbarger, Maureen Borberg, Audrey Merckling, Alexis Applegate, Rebeca Flores, Ann Nelson, Avani Lakkireddy, Annika Jones, Annie Cook, Hannah Chong, Julia Walewicz, Ella Hiebert, Abbey Crews, Mackenzie Feldman, Madalyn Hesterlee, Ella Huggins Act II Sugar Plum Fairy Annie Cook, Julia Harshbarger Chinese Leads Alexis Applegate, Hannah Chong, Ann Nelson, Ella Hiebert Russian Leads Maureen Borberg, Ansley Chambers Angel Leads Audrey Merckling, Mackenzie Feldman, Tara Cook, Kayla Forbes, Rebeca Flores, Nadine Peck Candy Cane Leads Julia Walewicz, Annie Cook Spanish Leads Mackenzie Feldman, Audrey Merckling Mirliton Leads Hannah Chong, Ann Nelson Arabian Leads Julia Harshbarger, Maureen Borberg, Zachary Bennett Rose Queen Ximena Flores, Abbey Crews Black Sheep Adeline Qin, Matalin Patel Lead Cook Koyuri Morita, Jasmine Harris, Grace Himmelberg, Sophia Qui Angels Grace Himmelberg, Jasmine Harris, Arielle Li, Halle Jaeger, Annabella Choil, Daphne Johnson, Ella Kaemmer, Lindsey Kim, Sophia Qiu, Cindy Jiang Cherubs and Page Lia Hanks, Georgina Kozel, Charlotte Minkler, Ashlyn Bidwell, Naomi Ferrin, Penelope Stawarz, Bridget Simmons, Annabeth Smith, Angeline Tignon, Cade Simonsen, Shelby Fueston Spanish Corps Annika Jones, Ella Huggins, Madalyn Hesterlee, Avani Lakkireddy Arabian Corps Nadine Peck, Kayla Forbes, Mackenzie Naster Chinese Corps Altan Badmaev, Mikaela Ivanov, Kiersten Koenings, Madeline Harvey, Bella Breithaupt, Emily Petrella, Caitlyn Manning Mirliton Corps Tara Cook, Madalyn Hesterlee, Avani Lakkireddy, Kayla Forbes, Rebeca Flores, Ella Huggins, Elsa Pineda, Nadine Peck Sheep Chloe Hanks, Mirabella Bedell, Layla Maciula, Sofia Huggins, Caroline Nissen, Hadley Reeves, Madison Thaete, Rowan McGill, Evyn Diegel, Aoi Morita Candy Cane Demi Soloists Ansley Chambers, Annika Jones, Ella Hiebert, Alexis Applegate Candy Cane Corps Lily Leach, Lexi Arp, Vera Scanlan, Caroline Taliaferro, Elsa Pineda, Vivian Hsiao, Tara Cook Russian Corps Ella Kaemmer, Halle Jaeger, Annabella Choi, Lindsey Kim, Logan Jones, Preston Cook, Cindy Jiang Gingerbreads Mikayla Neo, Mataline Patel, Adeline Qin, Ellie Xu, Ashley Chen, Lillian Meier, Juliet Lothyan, Wren Versluis, Mia Maciula Gumdrop Buttons Skyla Neo, Hazel Leach, Stella Martinez, Sophia Sitzes, Madeline Davenport, Betsy Rodriquez, Juliette Tigon Cooks Claire Spencer, Claire Wheat, Clare Nissen, Dylan Baggott, Lexi Porta, Elena Fellers, Clare Kaemmer, Emmaline Smith, Sophie Halksworth, Corinne Simmons, Sophia Teply, Clara Julianto Flowers Ansley Chambers, Maureen Borberg, Audrey Merckling, Annie Cook, Julia Walewicz, Mackenzie Feldman, Nadine Peck, Alexis Applegate, Ella Hiebert, Ann Nelson, Avani Lakkireddy, Annika Jones, Ella Huggins, Caroline Taliaferro, Rebeca Flores, Tara Cook, Vivian Hsiao, Hannah Chong, Madalyn Hesterlee Choreography Kristopher Estes-Brown Music composed Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky Set Design Jason Phillips, Paul Mesner Puppets, Ryan Hasler, and Kristopher Estes-Brown Lighting Design Kristopher Estes-Brown Costuming Director Jennifer Tierney with Deborah Green, Gayla Voss, Denna Flickner, Carol Brookover, and Kate Erlinger
2019-2020 AYB Company
Artistic Directors Jennifer Tierney and Kristopher Estes-Brown Company Manager and Rehearsal Director Laura Jones-Wallner Staff Michelle Wheat, Sheila Olson Junior 2 Company Lily Leach,
Junior 1 Company Grace Himmelberg,
Halle Joy Jaeger,
Apprentice Company Mikayla Neo,
Overland Park Orchestra
Sponsored by the City of Overland Park Conductor Raffaele Cipriano Assistant Conductor Kris Hilding Violin I Vicki Hauser, Concertmaster, Kara Hess, Yeanna Moon, Joe Shapiro, Maria Steinacker, Julianne Zheng Violin II Edwin Fukunaga, Principal, Mary Adams, David Page, James Taylor, Ernestine Wildman Viola Jackie Ives, Principal, Kelly Childers , Faith Childress , Hali Liu , Karen Sowers, Erin Wilson Cello Therese Park, Principal, Gail DeGeer, Becky Miller , Piper Myers, Ed Roxas , Betsy Wright Bass Kathleen McCullough, Principal, Carolyn Thurlby Flute Nancy Clark, Principal, Susan Culp Piccolo Charles Jessup, Principal Oboe Roy Messick, Principal, Hannah Thurlby English Horn Kristin Thurlby Clarinet George Pagels, Principal, Will Belden Bass Clarinet Will Belden Bassoon Carissa Kasper, Principal, Kailey Peterson Horn Angelica Sandry, Principal, Jeremy Kuechen, Joseph Carlton, Daniel Grahm Trumpet David Clark, Principal, Tim Gillispie Trombone Bob Wilson, Principal, Danny Lovell, David Hass Tuba Allen Walbert, Principal, Santiago Latorre Timpani / Percussion Anthony Liu, Principal, Kurt Johnson Harp Katie Sigler, Principal Celeste Yu Kureyama
See these AYB / ADC / Concept Zero picture pages also:
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Concept Zero "Alibi" July 5, 6, 2019
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Sleeping Beauty - May 2019
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Solstice Dance Project - 16 June 2018
Fashions by Jennifer and Amani - 9 June 2018
Alice in Wonderland May 2018
Nutcracker Dec 2017
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"Beauty and the Beast" and "Firebird" May 2017
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Cinderella May 2016
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Concept Zero June 2015
Swan Lake May 2015
Nutcracker Dec 2014
Concept Zero June 2014
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Don Quixote May 2014
Nutcracker Dec 2013
One Elegant Evening Oct 2013
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"Sleeping Beauty" and "Firebird" May 2013
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Swan Lake May2012
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Nutcracker Dec 2010
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