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The beautiful ‘Nutcracker Ballet’ returns to Salisbury

PDT and Salisbury Symphony present ‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 21 • 6:30 pm
Dec. 22 • 2:30 pm

More than 100 individual dancers participate in the performance each year, and the largest part of the dance cast are local kids who are taking dance lessons in Kannapolis. Many of the dancers come from the Salisbury area, and this is the biggest dance performance they will participate in all year long.
“The Nutcracker Ballet” will be performed by the Piedmont Dance Theatre in partnership with the Salisbury Symphony at Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College.
Tickets are available at www.piedmontdancetheatre.com

The complete roster of dancers for this year’s production.

Choreography by Rebecca and Daniel Wiley
Original story by E.T.A. Hoffman, adapted by Alexander Dumas
Original choreography and structure by Marius Petipa
Musical score composed by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
Costume design / set design by Kathryn Prince

ACT I : The Toy Shoppe
DROSSELMEYER Daniel Wiley
NEPHEW David Greenberg
KISSING DOLLS Kate Muller and Mila Wiley
SOLDIER DOLL Danny Tidwell

The Party
THE STAHLBAUMS Ian Prince and Lillian Grace Prince
CLARA Adrianna Terzidis
FRITZ Neha Kissler
GRANDPARENTS Jay Alcombright and Kristin Chester
PARTY BOYS & GIRLS Kinsley Barclay, Laila Brothers, Kerry
Campion, Maya Goldsberry, Isabella Hayes, Aubrey Holt, Renee LeClair, Carter Muller, Carly O’Brien, Elizabeth Sorreda
PARTY PARENTS Ryan Goldsberry, Megan McKinsey, Anna Hill Meares, Kaitlyn Roper, Marc Roper, Allie Schultz, Brian Schultz, Jamie Winkler
MAIDS Cooper Dowling and Sofiana Selmer

The Battle
NUTCRACKER PRINCE David Greenburg
RAT KING Samuel Chester
CHERUBS Caroline Dayvault with Zoe Britigan, Naomi Burleson, Annsley Davidson, Diane Lee, Penelope Loomis, Meredith Smith, Claire Wells, Leilah Rose Whittemore
BABY MICE Winifred Brown, Abigail Crawford, Rosalyn Drago, Orietta Grady, Genevieve Keith, Annaleigh Odom, Rosalia Rochelle, Zoélie Urschel
MICE Sophia Cauble, Caelen Coles, Mileigh Davis, Addyson Drago, Victoria Gould, Lula-Grace Hudson, Haley Johnson, Elizabeth Killion, Eve McManus, Claire Northrup, Genevieve Schultz, Ella Stone, Caroline Storey, Isabelle Wierzbicki, Alexis Wilson
JR CADET Brylan Burris
SOLDIERS Olivia Averett, Ava Barnes, Alexis Belton, Marielle Bumgarner, Mackenzie Deane, Ruby Eaker, Kirsten Johnson, Emily Ledwell, Katie Lods, Claire Rheinecker, Lily Roach, Lucy Roach, Riley Selden, Abby Zagar

The Land of Snow
SNOW QUEEN & KING Renée LeClair and Samuel Chester
SNOWFLAKES Kinsley Barclay, Laila Brothers, Kerry Campion, Cooper Dowling, Maya Goldsberry, Aubrey Haas, Isabella Hayes, Aubrey Holt, Neha Kissler, Megan McKinsey, Anna Hill Meares, Carly O’Brien, Lillian Grace Prince, Kaitlyn Roper, Allie Schultz, Sofiana Selmer

ACT II : The Kingdom of Sweets
PEPPERMINTS Reagan Bailey, Hannah Burnette, Elyse Bynum, Anna Cremer, Annalise Greene, Sophia Johnson, Carrie McKinnon, Liza McManus, Tatiana Nalbone, Serena Paladino, Carissa Pollack, Elizabeth Sorreda
ANGELS Laura Ann Bowen, Elizabeth Burleson, Kaitlyn Crum, Isabella Di Benedetto-Wilson, Aralyn Griffin, Olivia Hanzlik, Jordan Ingle, Elaina Kum, Eden McAuley, Avery Odom, Claire Paskiewicz, Alexis Platt, Jordan Vandergoot, Emma White
SPANISH CHOCOLATE Kinsley Barclay, Cooper Dowling, Maya Goldsberry, Aubrey Holt
ARABIAN COFFEE Samuel Chester and Renee LeClair
CHINESE TEA David Greenburg, Neha Kissler and Isabella Hayes with Sophia Cauble, Caelen Coles, Emily Ledwell, Claire Northrup, Caroline Storey, Alexis Wilson
RUSSIAN TREPAK Danny Tidwell with Ruby Eaker, Haley Johnson, Kirsten Johnson, Claire Rheinecker, Lily Roach, Lucy Roach
FRENCH MIRLITONS Laila Brothers, Megan McKinsey, Anna Hill Meares, Carly O’Brien, Kaitlyn Roper, Sofiana Selmer
MOTHER GINGER & CHILDREN Ryan Goldsberry with Olivia Averett, Mileigh Davis, Elizabeth Killion, Eve McManus, Genevieve Schultz, Ella Stone, Isabelle Wierzbicki, Abby Zagar
DEW DROP & FLOWERS Allie Schultz with Kerry Campion, Lillian Grace Prince and Ava Barnes, Alexis Belton, Marielle Bumgarner, Mackenzie Deane, Julia Ellington, Aubrey Haas, Katie Lods, Kaitlyn Meadows, Kate Muller, Kendall Roper, Riley Selden, Mila Wiley
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY & CAVALIER *Rachele Burriasi and Roddy Doble

*Rachele Burriasi appears courtesy of Les Grande Ballet de Montreal

By Bill Bucher, SSO Executive Director

Saturday, Dec. 21 • 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22 • 6:30 p.m.

The beautiful Nutcracker Ballet returns to Salisbury this month, with a remarkably talented cast of impressive dancers and performers! Whether you are seeing it again or for the first time, The Nutcracker will capture your imagination and take you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes. Set to the captivating music of Tchaikovsky, this classical ballet has enchanted audiences of all ages for more than 125 years.

This will be the 17th year that the Piedmont Dance Theatre of Concord has performed the classic ballet in partnership with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Here are a few details about who to watch for in this year’s performance:

Rachele Buriassi, a native of Sarzana, Italy, received her dance training at the Ecole de Danse de Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France and the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon graduation in 2008, Buriassi joined the corps de ballet of Stuttgart Ballet. During her six years with the company, Rachele was featured in many principal roles and promoted to soloist in 2012. In 2014 Rachele joined Boston Ballet as a soloist until joining Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal as a principal in the summer of 2019.

Samuel Chester began his dance training at the School of Carolina Ballet Theatre. He eventually joined the Carolina Ballet Theatre, where he performed as a principal dancer for 10 seasons. Mr. Chester is currently a professional freelance artist, and performs all over the world. Sam has guested with Charlotte Ballet, Ballet Spartanburg, Georgia Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, Piedmont Dance Theatre, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Barrend Dance Centre, Griffin Ballet Theatre, and was a principal guest artist with the Teresa Carreño Teatro in Caracas, Venezuela.

Roddy Doble received his training at School of American Ballet, the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York City, and The School of Performing Arts in Connecticut. In 2007 Mr. Doble was invited to join American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company followed by five seasons a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corp de ballet. From 2013 to 2019 Roddy served as a soloist with Boston Ballet, and in the summer of 2019 he joined Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal as a principal dancer.

David Greenberg, a native of Savannah, Georgia, began dancing at the age of three. After graduating from high school in 2011, David joined Columbia Classical Ballet (CCB). While performing with CCB, David graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Management and a minor in French. Mr. Greenberg has also performed with Ballet Spartanburg, Charleston Ballet, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, and American Repertory Ballet.

Danny Tidwell, born in Norfolk, Virginia, is best known for being runner-up on Fox’s third season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2007. Tidwell began dancing as a young child primarily focusing on jazz and contemporary styles. At the age of fifteen, Mr. Tidwell transitioned his training to classical ballet and began training at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C. Danny has performed in elite companies including the American Ballet Theatre and Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Tidwell is currently the Artistic Director of Movmnt Magazine.

These talented guest performers will be joined by a huge cast of dancers and students of all ages from across the Piedmont in a magical performance that will be sure to kick off your Christmas Season with a smile.

The Nutcracker Ballet is presented by the Piedmont Dance Theatre in partnership with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Dec.21 at 6:30 pm and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6:30 pm, at Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College. Tickets: Adults $25 to $45; students (ages 3 to 17) $17.50 to $25. See www.piedmontdancetheatre.com for details and ticket information.

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