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IL dancers take stage in ‘Nutcracker’

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100+ local dancers to take part in holiday ballet

By Kayla Vaughn

Looking for a way to kick-start the holiday season?
Each year, locals gather at Lancaster High School, 617 Normandy Road, to watch a professional performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet that includes more than 100 local children.
Columbia City Ballet dancer Carmie Schiano Nelson says “The Nutcracker” has always been a holiday tradition for her and she hopes to spread that tradition to anyone who will sit down and watch it.
“You get so much more out of dance than just the dancing. You get a story, acting, musicality, all of these different things that you don’t get by just sitting in a movie theater,” Schiano Nelson said. “Live theater is something I think is so rewarding.”
This year’s performance is 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Lancaster High auditorium.
Young dancers from all over Lancaster County will be taking part in the performance. Four Indian Land Middle School students will show off a new addition to the ballet.
One of those students, Alexis Morrison, 11, said the newly added parts, like the cotton candy characters they will be portraying, are one of a kind.
“‘The Nutcracker’ is a traditional dance and the Lancaster ballet adds special parts that aren’t usually in there, so it’s going to be unique,” she said.
Schiano Nelson not only teaches the young dancers, but also choreographs all of the dances that are specially added to the performance just for them.
“We show what local Lancaster children can do with a professional ballet company,” Schiano Nelson said.
Emmie Vaughn, 11, of ILMS has been performing in the production for five years.
“I do it because it makes other people happy and because I really like dancing,” she said.
Schiano Nelson said the production is like watching living art.
“You hear all the time that art is dying. It’s so nice to show that it’s still alive.”
The show is directed by William Starrett, Columbia Ballet artistic and executive director.
Tickets are $20 for Lancaster County Council of the Arts members and $25 for non-members. Children ages 10 and under will get in for free and receive a free coloring book with the purchase of one adult ticket. To buy tickets, visit www.lccarts.net or call (803) 285-7451.

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Local dancers in ‘The Nutcracker’

These local dancers will be performing in the following roles in the Nov. 20 performance of “The Nutcracker” in Lancaster:

• Shoe page: Jackson Marshall

• Cotton candy: Alexis Morrison, Kaitlyn Murphy, Emmie Vaughn and Elizabeth Vojt

• Dewdrop Fairy attendants: Noelle Marshall, Aubrey Norton, Summer Rnad and Teagan Tanous

• Sugarplum Fairy attendant: Kiley Amloaw

• Land of the Sweets attendants: Madeline Kilpatrick and Anna Weed

• Gingerbread girls: Gabriella Heisler, Alexis Roth and Mazzy Wilkerson

• Trumpeters: Charolette Clark and Felicity Young

• Chinese tea peddlers: McKinley Kilpatrick and Azariah Venson

• Bonbons: Lexi Crandall, Grace Eisenrieth, Addison Israel, Kylie Martin, Bailee Musco, Maleea Parker, Michaela Petkova, Reese Porter, Alexis Rand, Mya Rose Rodriguez, Emily Grace Urban and Alexis West

• Cherubs: Claire Bernard, Sofia Miranda, Isabella O’Gorman, Ella Parker, Ellie Potts, Piper Rios, Kirsten Spitz and Evelyn Young

• Angels: Joey Effren, Mikayla Marsh, Amelia Marsh, Jordyn Nahum, Jessica Morgan, Olivia Morgan, Eliazabeth Shaheen, Reagan McCoy, Jordan Mock and Stella Warner

• Rollover mice: Estella Carfagna, Samantha Hendrickson, Amelia Nowakowska, Katharine Spitz and Lena Roberts

• Cartwheel mice: Emma Blankenbecler, Emily Cook, Audrey Perdelwitz and Haines Rhodes

Follow Kayla Vaughn on Twitter @kaybvaughn or contact her at (803) 283-1155