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Wayne Center Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ all ready to take the stage

Members of the Wayne Center Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” include Elise Weiland (center) as Clara, with peppermint swirl and gingersnaps Ashley Schroer (L), Hailey Shingleton, Emma Graziano and Carter Boreman. Tickets for shows on Dec. 5 through 7 are on sale now.

Tami Lange Mosser

It’s a “Nutcracker” year.

The Wayne Center Ballet will perform the Christmas classic at the Wooster High School Performing Arts Center on Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at wayneartscenter.org. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Wayne Center for the Arts, 237 S. Walnut St., Wooster, or by phone at 330-264-2787. Tickets are priced as premium seating ($20 for adults, $18 for students and senior citizens and $14 for children); regular ($18 for adults, 16 for students and seniors and $12 for children) and balcony ($15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $9 for children).

The Tchaikovsky ballet has been performed by the Wayne Center Ballet every other year since 1990 and features both children and adults in a magical tale of mice, candies, Spanish dancers, dancing snowflakes and flowers and of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Local dancers will be joined by several professional dancers from companies across the region.

Ethan Lee, from Canton, appears courtesy of Neos Dance Theatre and will dance the role of the Nutcracker Prince. He trained at the Canton Ballet for 10 years under the artistic direction of Cassandra Crowley and also trained with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet and Chautauqua Institution in New York.

Lee has performed with the Canton Ballet in the roles of both the Sugar Plum Cavalier and Nutcracker Prince and also appeared in performance with Erie Dance Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Takes Flight in Zanesville. He has worked previously with the Wayne Center Ballet in both “Cinderella” and “The Nutcracker.” Lee is currently on the faculty at A Time to Dance in North Canton as a ballet and contemporary teacher, and also as the artistic director of A Time to Dance Junior Co. He debuted with Neos Center for Dance in Mansfield this summer in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival.

Kara Madden and Jerrod Sickles, who will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, are appearing courtesy of Verb Ballets in Cleveland. Madden began her training at age 5 at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Co. She was a junior and senior trainee with GRBC under the direction of Gordon Peirce Schmidt and has performed in many professional productions, including “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Can Can.” She also toured Italy and Croatia with students and professional dancers from GRBC. Madden has performed with the Chicago Civic Ballet and is a founding member of the Grand Rapids Dance Project. She is in her fifth season with Verb Ballets.

Sickles started dancing at 18 at the Ashtabula Arts Center, under the direction of Shelagh Dubsky.He then was accepted to the Academy of Cincinnati Ballet on a full scholarship, and then moved on to the Montgomery Ballet in Alabama.He recently got to work with former Martha Graham dancer Adria Ferrali and dance in her original work “Vertical Cities,” set to the music of Stravinsky. This is Sickles’s fourth season with Verb Ballets.

Serhiy Firmunchuk and Eric Platt will appear courtesy of the Kashtan Dance Ensemble as part of the Trepak ensemble.

Local performers include Elise Weiland as Clara, Morgan O’Rourke as Herr Drosselmeyer, Jennifer Vicknair and Ethan Ralston as the Snow Queen and King and Elizabeth Boros as the Dew Drop Fairy.

Published: November 30, 2014
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