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‘The Nutcracker’ at Clowes Memorial Hall, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2

November 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Butler Ballet

A scene from last year’s performance of “The Nutcracker” by Butler Ballet. Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University
http://www.butler.edu/

Magic is about to happen again at the country estate of Counselor and Frau Von Stahlbaum when Butler Ballet presents five performances of The Nutcracker, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2012 at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29; 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $21.50-$28.50 for adults; $17-$23 for children, students and seniors; $14-$20 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available at the Clowes Hall box office or via Ticketmaster. For telephone orders, call 800-982-2787, or visit http://cloweshall.org/ for more information.

Butler Ballet’s 30th annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will feature 124 dancers, including 34 young dancers from the Indianapolis community.

This year’s Nutcracker will feature the Butler Symphony Orchestra performing the score. Morgan Sicklick, a senior from Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Danielle Morano, a senior from St. James, N.Y., share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Justin Metcalf-Burton (senior, Gaithersburg, Md.) and Matthew Doolin (senior, Jacksonville, Fla.) will dance as the Nutcracker.

Patrick Green (senior, Washington, D.C.) and George Vargas (junior, Grasonville, Md.) will play the Snow King. Katherine Currier (junior, Norwich, Vt.) and Coleen Rhea (Flemington, N.J.) will be the Snow Queen.

The Dew Drop Fairy will be danced by Shelby Shenkman (junior, Boca Raton, Fla.) and Mónica Muñoz (senior, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), and Stuart Coleman (junior, Lynchburg, Va.) and Christian Griggs-Drane (junior, Richmond, Va.) will play the Cavalier.

Margaret Carey (junior, Dayton, Ohio) will dance the role of Clara, and Christiaan Ruff (sophomore, Durham, N.C.) will portray Fritz.

James Cramer ’81, community relations manager at Clowes Hall, will dance the role of Drosselmeyer.

As always, all Butler Dance faculty have a hand in the choreography, including Cynthia Pratt, Marek Cholewa, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, Derek Reid, Associate Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts Michelle Jarvis, and Visiting Professor Michael J. Johnson.

The young dancers from the Indianapolis community are: Kearsley Kermode (angel), Fairland; Kaia Kenyon (angel), Fishers; Charlotte Barnes (angel), Brownsburg; Harmony Nieder (angel), Indianapolis; Brooklyn Franklin (tiny mouse), Franklin; Madelyn Poe (tiny mouse), Shelbyville; Juliet Smock (tiny mouse), Indianapolis; Kelsey Burks (party girl), Greenwood; Sarah Chan (party girl), Greenwood; Natalie Clevenger (party girl), Mooresville; Jordan Dukes (party girl), Indianapolis; Rachel Dukes (party girl), Indianapolis.

Gabrielle Dye (party girl), Fortville; Savanna Grady (party girl), Greenwood; Taylor Griffin (party girl), Indianapolis; Peyton Jeffers (party girl), Indianapolis; Ivy Wood (party girl), Greenwood; Billy Creviston (party boy), Franklin; Keaton Kermode (party boy), Fairland; Peyton Barnes (party boy), Greenwood; Sam Greathouse (party boy), North Vernon; Isabel Burks (tumbler), Greenwood; Abigail Alfrey (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood; Annalee Baltimore (Mother Ginger scene), Bargersville; Julia Brookshire (Mother Ginger scene), Indianapolis; Mariah Carr (Mother Ginger scene), Whiteland.

Alexis Franklin (Mother Ginger scene), Franklin; Olivia Gooch (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood; Macey Kirschbaum (Mother Ginger scene), Shelbyville; Gabriella Lewis (Mother Ginger scene), Zionsville; Dalena Matthews (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood; Ainsleigh Rund (Mother Ginger scene), Fountaintown; Jillian Smock (Mother Ginger scene), Indianapolis; Isley Wood (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood.

Butler Ballet dancers are:

Emily Barth, freshman, Williamsburg, Va.

Iosu Bascaran*, freshman, Syracuse, N.Y.

Jennifer Baubkus, junior, Hanover Park, Ill.

Alexandra Benson, junior, Jacksonville, Fla.

Christopher Bokeko, junior, Roseville, Calif.

Madeline Brogan*, freshman, East Lansing, Mich.

Christina Brown, senior, North East, Pa.

Shelby Canella, senior, Fairfax, Va.

Katherine Cano*, junior, Port Lavaca, Texas Margaret Carey, junior, Dayton, Ohio Katherine Chappell, junior, Houston, Texas Ashleigh Chuang*, junior, Collinsville, Conn.

Cameron Clark, sophomore, Centerville, Ohio Courtney Coirin*, junior, Yorktown, Va.

Stuart Coleman, junior, Lynchburg, Va.

Katherine Currier*, junior, Norwich, Vt.

Emily Dietz*, freshman, Mountain View, Calif.

Matthew Doolin, senior, Jacksonville, Fla.

Hillary Drawe, junior, Metairie, La.

Savannah Dunn*, freshman, Meridian, Idaho Ricardo Dyer, sophomore, Suffolk, Va.

Chloe Edelstein*, freshman, Cazenovia, N.Y.

Audra Edwards*, sophomore, Eagle, Idaho

Anastasia Ellis*, sophomore, Vestal, N.Y.

Taylor Fengya*, freshman, Indianapolis

Elise Filo*, freshman, Palo Alto, Calif.

Marissa Finlay, freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio Pattersen Floberg*, sophomore, Denver, N.C.

Eileen Frazer*, sophomore, Panama

Moira Frazier, junior, Johnson City, Tenn.

Hailley Goleta*, senior, Oxnard, Calif.

Candace Gordon, freshman, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Patrick Green, senior, Washington, D.C.

Christian Griggs-Drane*, junior, Richmond, Va.

Carly Hambridge*, junior, Matthews, N.C.

Marie Harrison, freshman, Hong Kong

Victoria Helfrich, junior, Justin, Texas Amanda Hickey*, junior, Hanover Park, Ill.

Jennifer Hite*, freshman, Grayson, Ga.

Conner Horak*, sophomore, Fort Collins, Colo.

Jean Jang, senior, Austin, Texas

Maria Jessee*, freshman, Roanoke, Va.

Anne Johnson*, freshman, Hamilton, N.J.

Erica Johnston*, junior, Champaign, Ill.

Catherine Jue*, sophomore, Albany, N.Y.

Robyn Jutsum*, freshman, Minneapolis, Minn.

Elsa Kern-Lovick, freshman, New Carlisle, Ind.

Sarah Kosterman*, freshman, Sacramento, Calif.

Mary Katherine Kronzer*, junior, Herndon, Va.

Zachary Kukla, junior, LaPorte, Ind.

Amber Lerman, freshman, Skokie, Ill.

Cathleen Leszczynski*, sophomore, Virginia Beach, Va.

Martha Leuthner, junior, Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Julia Lloyd*, freshman, Herndon, Va.

Kristina Liu, senior, Reston, Va.

Zena Maddox*, sophomore, Baltimore, Md.

Breanna Manley*, freshman, Bismarck, N.D.

Danielle Martin, senior, Mount Laurel, N.J.

Justin Metcalf-Burton, senior, Gaithersburg, Md.

Jourdan Morales*, junior, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Danielle Morano*, senior, Saint James, N.Y.

Mónica Muñoz, senior, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Anne Mushrush*, sophomore, St. Charles, Ill.

Lauren Nasci*, junior, Oak Creek, Wis.

Taylor Nash, freshman, Westmont, Ill.

Samantha New, freshman, Springfield, Ill.

Heather Nichols*, sophomore, Richmond, Va.

Felicity Nicholson*, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Chloe Obert, senior, Lexington, Ky.

Hannah Olinger, freshman, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Isabelle Overstreet*, freshman, Los Angeles, Calif.

Simon Pawlak*, freshman, Capitan, N.M.

Christina Perry*, sophomore, Evart, Mich.

Anna Peters*, senior, Colbert, Wash.

Callie Peterson, sophomore, Stillwater, Minn.

Kathleen Pilone, freshman, Mason, Ohio

Christina Presti*, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Michelle Quenon, sophomore, Novi, Mich.

Lauren Reed*, senior, Milwaukee, Wis.

Coleen Rhea*, senior, Flemington, N.J.

Micaelina Ritschl, junior, Overland Park, Kan.

Rachel Robbins, junior, Long Beach, Calif.

Renee Roberts*, sophomore, North Miami, Fla.

Audrey Robson, junior, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Samuel Rogers, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Christiaan Ruff*, sophomore, Durham, N.C.

Prescott Ruff, freshman, Durham, N.C.

Julia Sanders*, freshman, Crestwood, Ky.

Fabiana Santiago, freshman, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Jillian Schepis*, sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Rachel Schmidt, sophomore, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Alexandra Schooling, sophomore, Willow Street, Pa.

Brooke Senger*, freshman, Cary, Ill.

Shelby Shenkman*, junior, Boca Raton, Fla.

Morgan Sicklick*, senior, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

Sara Rose Smith, senior, Brighton, Mich.

Madeline Sosna*, junior, St. Louis, Mo.

Celine Spinka*, freshman, Redding, Calif.

Alexandra Still*, junior, Williamsburg, Va.

Zachary Tuazon, sophomore, Tinley Park, Ill.

Haley Tyll, junior, Rochester, N.Y.

Hannah Van Nortwick*, junior, Oneida, N.Y.

George Vargas, junior, Grasonville, Md.

Madeline Verbica*, freshman, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Katrine Vorsa, senior, Atco, N.J.

Hannah Wallace, sophomore, Cape Elizabeth, Maine Jasmine Ward*, freshman, Miami, Fla.

Katherine Webb*, freshman, Richmond, Va.

Katherine Wiley, junior, Fenton, Mich.

Loren Williams*, senior, Webster, N.Y.

Roger Wood, freshman, Indianapolis

Alexandra Zaslav*, freshman, Richmond, Va.

*Member of Sigma Rho Delta, a National Dance Honor Fraternity

‘Rejoice!’ at Clowes Memorial Hall, Dec. 7-8

November 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Clowes Memorial Hall

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.

By Marc Allan
Butler University
http://www.butler.edu/

Holiday carols from around the world, timeless classics, and familiar favorites with a new twist are on the program at 8 p.m., Dec. 7-8, 2012, when Butler University presents Rejoice!, its annual musical gift to the community, at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Rejoice! concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They are available at the Clowes Hall box office, (317) 940-6444 or cloweshall.org. There is a limit of four tickets per person, but groups can call 317-940-9065.

The 27th annual Rejoice! will feature the Butler Chorale and Butler University Choir with musical accompaniment from the Butler Percussion Ensemble, Arthur Jordan Saxophone Quartet, Festival Brass from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and guest organist Tom Nichols, the music director at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Among the highlights of this year’s program will be Bach’s “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” (Sing to the Lord a New Song), which, while technically not a holiday piece, is “sufficiently festive,” said Eric Stark, director of the Butler Chorale and artistic director of Rejoice!

The 12-minute Bach piece is difficult–it’s a cappella, with independent parts written for each voice, and sung at a rapid tempo.

“There’s no place to hide,” Stark said. “Everybody’s got to pull their weight. But the students have been really challenged and stimulated by it. it’s been gratifying to see them take to it so well.”

Selections from this year’s concert also will include holiday carols from Latvia, Kenya and Spain, and favorites such as “A Rose in the Middle of Winter,” by Bob Chilcott, a longtime member of the King’s Singers, and “In dulci jubilo” (In Sweet Joy) by Matthew Culloton, the founding artistic director and conductor of The Singers and former member of The Dale Warland Singers.

For more information, visit http://www.cloweshall.org/, or call 317-940-6444.