The Nutcracker

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Act I

The Silberhaus Family is giving a Christmas Party. Clara and Fritz, their children, greet the guests. The parents give toys to all the children. Suddenly, a mysterious person arrives.  It turns out to be Clara's Uncle Drosselmeyer, the toymaker. He entertains the children with his magical tricks and show everyone his amazing life-size mechanical wind-up dolls. Drosselmeyer brings a special gift for Clara - a wooden nutcracker. While she is dancing with it, her brother Fritz, teasing her, tries to grab it from her, as they fight over it, they accidentally drop it and break it. Drosselmeyer quickly repairs it.


The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaums retire for the night. Clara awakens and creeps back into the living room to see her Nutcracker. The clock strikes midnight. Suddenly, the room fills with giant mice who attack Clara.  Her Uncle Drosselmeyer appears and scares the mice away.  But, it seems that Drosselmeyer is no ordinary toy maker, he is a magician and he begins to cast spells on the room, making the Christmas Tree grow larger,  making giant toy soldiers appear and transforming her Nutcracker into a prince. Drosselmeyer disappears and the mice return.  The soldiers, led by the valiant Nutcracker, come to Clara's rescue. The Mouse King attacks the Nutcracker, and the Nutcracker seems to be losing, but Clara hits the Mouse King with her shoe, distracting him so that the Nutcracker wins the battle.


The walls melt away, and suddenly Clara and the Nutcracker prince find themselves outside in the snow. The Snow Queen greets them, and when she finds out how Clara saved the prince, she calls for a sleigh to honor them by taking them to the Kingdom of the Sweets.  Her magical Snowflake fairies swirl around and dance, bringing snow and Clara and the Nutcracker Prince depart for the Kingdom of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh led by reindeer.




Angels light the hall of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Palace in the Kingdom of the Sweets.   The Sugar Plum Fairy has had word of the arrival of guests and calls on the inhabitants of her kingdom to come to the palace and greet the guests. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince arrive in their sleigh.  The Sugar Plum Fairy asks them to tell their story.  When she hears of their valour, the Sugar Plum Fairy honors Clara by crowning her and seating her on a throne with her Nutcracker.  She calls upon her subjects to dance and entertain them.  The dances include "chocolate", a Spanish Dance; "coffee", an Arabian Dance; and "tea", a Chinese Dance. Clara is also entertained by "Marzipan"-the dance of the Reed Pipes, Mother Ginger and her children, a Trepak dance, and the Waltz of the Flowers. Then, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a grand pas de deux. As the celebration draws to a close, the sleigh arrives to take Clara and the Prince home.  Clara awakens under the Christmas tree with her wooden Nutcracker wondering whether it was all just a dream?








Kaitlyn started dancing at local studios in the Kansas City, Missouri area at the age of six, and continued dancing in Topeka, Kansas, through high school--enjoying roles in her student company including Snow Queen and Mouse Queen in the Nutcracker and Czardas Lead in Swan Lake. 
Kaitlyn was accepted into Ballet 5:8's Trainee Program in Chicago in the spring of 2013 and began dancing there for the 2013-14 season. She earned a scholarship there for the 2014­-15 season and graduated with distinction. While in the program, she had the opportunity to tour with the professional company and also performed soloist and corps roles in the Trainee and School of the Arts ballets. During the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to attend the Gelsey Kirkland Academy's Repertory Workshop and Milwaukee Ballet's Summer Intensive.
Kaitlyn danced with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet's second company for the 2015-16 season. She joined Vivid Ballet for its inaugural season in 2016-17, and is excited to be dancing there for the 2017-18 season as well. Since joining Vivid, she has had the opportunity to work with guest choreographers and teachers such as Silas Farley and Lars Nelson, from the New York City Ballet, Caleb Mitchell, formerly of Houston Ballet, Vincent Hardy, formerly of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Steve Rooks, formerly of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Miro Magloire, the artistic director of New Chamber Ballet. She has had the opportunity to perform with Vivid all over Connecticut, as well as in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Hampshire.



ROBERT SMITH: Cavalier/Snow King/Herr Silberhaus


Robert Smith has enjoyed nearly two decades of performing with dance companies throughout the Hartford area, including Hartford City Ballet, Connecticut Concert Ballet, CONNetic Dance, and Ballet Theatre Co. of West Hartford.  He received his early training at School of the Hartford Ballet, Studio of Dance (West Hartford), and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Robert was formerly a molecular virologist at UConn Health, and is presently an Associate Professor and department chair at Tunxis Community College. He resides in Bristol with his wife, Ilona. Robert is thrilled to be making his debut with Fisher Ballet this year.




ELIZABETH FLEMING:  Dew Drop Fairy/ Snow Queen


Elizabeth Fleming trained with The Connecticut Ballet in New Haven, CT where she danced many roles with the company. She attended the Boston Ballet summer program as a teenager and had the good fortune to spend a summer as a dancer and counselor at Burklyn Ballet Theatre after graduating from the University of Vermont. Elizabeth has performed with Ballet Theatre Company, CONNetic Dance, and Hartford City Ballet. She works as a scientist at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and when not dancing enjoys hiking and cooking with her family.



AMANDA MARUCO:  Dew Drop Fairy/Marzipan/Snow/Kissing Doll


Amanda  trained at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and performed with their Youth Ballet in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, and La Bayadere.  She has also trained at Boston Ballet and Rhode Island State Ballet. This is her second season performing in Fisher Ballet Production's Nutcracker.



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KSENYA HENTISZ:  Trepak Dance Soloist


Ksenya is a Ukrainian Folk Dancer and member of the Syzokryli Dance Ensemble, Obriy, and other folk groups. She studies ballet with New York's Steps on Broadway. While in high school Miss Hentisz was a member of the New Jersey Ballet's Junior Company and participated in performances at New Jersey Performing Arts and the Papermill Playhouse, among other venues.  This is Ksenya's fourth year performing in Fisher Ballet Production's Nutcracker.





ASHLEY ZHANG: Spanish Soloist


Ashley Zhang is from Shenzhen, China.  Currently, her training includes Jose Mateo Ballet Theater, Margot Parsons, Orlando Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Burklyn Ballet.  Currently she performs with Margot Parsons Dance Visions.  Performance credits include "Flight", "Summer Heat", "Overlay", "Gateway", "Borders", "Here and There", and "After the Ball" with Margot Parsons; Across the Ages Dance Project for 3 years; and several other pieces with Molly Wheat including "Death and the Maiden", and "Caryatides".

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BECKA LAZUR:  Spanish Soloist/Arabian/Snow


Becka Lazur, MS, R-DMT is an ADTA Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with her M.S. Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute.  Becka began her ballet training locally at the Lebanon School of Dance, and the Northeast Academy of Dance where she studied both Vaganova and Cecchetti methods, as well as theatre jazz, and Graham based modern.  Becka earned her B.S. Communication from Eastern Connecticut State University, and represented ECSU at the 5X5 Dance Festival at Saint Joseph College and performances at the Welte Theatre at Central Connecticut State University.  Becka was a company member of the Albano Ballet Co. of Hartford, CT for four seasons, and danced several roles in Albano’s Nutcracker at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Additionally, Becka has danced for dancEnlight, Allonge Dance Variations, and Hartford City Ballet.  Performance credits include Ink Passion, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella.





KATHLEEN REICHENBERGER: Tea Soloist, Flowers, Mouse King


Kathleen Reichenberger is a lifelong ballet dancer. She began her ballet training in Singapore with Sylvia McCully, continued her studies at the University of Hawaii dance department, and upon graduation, studied with John Landovsky in Hawaii State Ballet. In the Hartford area, she has studied ballet with Alla Nikitina and jazz with Darlene Zoller. In addition to her ballet and jazz training, Kathleen has studied ethnic dance, including Chinese and Hawaiian dance, and has performed throughout New England with Cambridge Chamber Ballet, Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble, Asian Performing Arts, and Xi Wang Dance Company . Kathleen is a board member of Connecticut Chinese Dance Company, and is debuting in Fisher Ballet's Nutcracker.

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YOSHIO CHANDLER: Nutcracker Prince


Yoshio T. Chandler studied Modern Dance at Keene State College and trained in ballet with Laurel Salvi Raffetto and Jacklyn Villamil.  His modern training included working with Pilobolus, Alvin Ailey, and Nathan Trice.  He graduated from Keene State College with a BA in Theatre and Dance specializing in Dance.


Since 1999, Yoshio has worked with several modern, contemporary, and ballet companies in NYC, Boston, New Hampshire, and Montreal.   Performances include “Another Metal Garden”  with Sean Curran and ”HereAfter”, “If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Walk”, and “Ordinary Festivals” with Pearson & Widrig. With Connetic Dance Company, he has performed in “Nutcracker Suite and Spicy”, “The Detective”, “Bittersweet”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.   He has also performed with DFX and Kinetic Dreams.


MOTHER GINGER: Allison McDermott


Allison is a circus artist born, raised and trained in Middletown, Connecticut. She is a graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts professional track program and is now performing, directing and teaching circus throughout New England and beyond. Most recently, she performed and choreographed the aerial work in ARTFARM’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Middletown, CT.



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