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Butler Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Clowes Hall, Dec. 1-4, 2016

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Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

INDIANAPOLIS – Fans of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will get an extra opportunity to see the classic holiday ballet this year when ButlerBallet presents six performances December 1 through 4, 2016, in Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are: Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 PM; Friday, December 2, at 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 3, at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday, December 4, at noon and 5:00 PM. The second show on Sunday is a new addition, allowing each of the show’s two casts three opportunities to perform the major roles.

Tickets start at $24.50. They are on sale through Ticketmaster, the Clowes Hall box office, 317-940-6444, and

The 2016 performances of The Nutcracker will feature 37 young dancers from the central Indiana community and all 114 students in Butler’s Dance program accompanied by the Butler Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark.

“We’re really excited about this year,” said Larry Attaway, Chair of Butler University’s Dance Department. “For us, it’s always new because the dancers are all new to their roles, but it will always be the holiday classic that the ButlerBallet is famous for presenting. You’ll recognize everything.”

Audiences will see some new choreography by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Rosanna Ruffo, who will devise the movements for the Grand Pas de Deux and the Mother Ginger scenes, and Dance Professor Cynthia Pratt, who will choreograph the Snow scene.

For the first time in several years, the role of Clara will be danced by a student from the community. Chloe Andry, 12, from Noblesville, will take on the part.

“Chloe came to the Butler Community Arts School’s summer intensive program,” Attaway said. “She’s doing wonderfully well, and she’s incredibly mature.”

Attaway said this year’s Nutcracker is particularly strong because the students have been working together as an ensemble since the beginning of the school year. All 114 dance majors performed Pratt’s Riverrun Revisited at Indianapolis’ Brookside Park in September. This site-specific work was the department’s latest installment of the Streamlines project, part of a National Science Foundation grant that paired artists and scientists to explore scientific concepts and concerns about human intervention of the waterways in Indianapolis.

That experience created an incredible bond among the dancers, Attaway said. They became a cohesive company in a short time.

“We’re really ready for The Nutcracker,” he said. “It’s going to be great.”

Community dancers: Mya Adams, Fortville, age 11, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Maya Adkins, Greenwood, age 13; Tippy Toes; Chloe Andry, Noblesville, age 12, Ballerinas Academy of dance; Kate Barker, Noblesville, age 12, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Julia Brookshire, Indianapolis, age 15, Tippy Toes; Avalynn Bullerdick, Indianapolis, age 10, Curtain Call; Abby Burnette, Noblesville, age 11, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Hazel Derloshon, Greenwood, age 9, The Dance Company of Indianapolis; Maggie Derloshon, Greenwood, age 12, The Dance Company of Indianapolis; Abigail Dirrim, Avon, age 10, Dance Legacy; Delaney Engelking, Indianapolis, age 10, Tippy Toes; Sophia Estka, McCordsville, age 11, Indianapolis School of Ballet; Joshua Fairchild, Plainfield, age 12, Dance Connection; Elaina Fletcher, Brownsburg, age 10, Dance Legacy; Gabrielle Hadad, Indianapolis, age 9, Indianapolis Ballet conservatory; Clifford Huehls, Indianapolis, age 6, Indiana Ballet Conservatory; Wednesday Jarvis, Greenwood, age 8, Starlight Dance Academy; Shaylee Navarrette, Plainfield, age 13, Infinity Dance Academy; Shelby Parker, Plainfield, age 10, Premier Academy of the Performing Arts; Quinn Potter, Indianapolis, age 8, Indianapolis School of Ballet; Daniel Pratt, Indianapolis, age 7; Indianapolis School of Ballet; Athena Reel, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Legacy; Adriana Reel, Indianapolis, age 8, Dance Legacy; Mallory Sisk, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Legacy; Ava Stiefel, Fishers, age 9, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Karla Suazo, Indianapolis, age 14, Dance Legacy; Erin Wagner, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Refinery; Maura Wheeler, Indianapolis, age 8, Fox Hill; Mariah Wilson, Speedway, age 9, Dance Legacy; Meeka Wojciechowski, Brownsburg, age 6, Sister Act Dance Academy.

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‘The Nutcracker’ at Clowes Hall, Dec. 5-8

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment
'The Nutcracker' by Butler Ballet at Clowes Hall

‘The Nutcracker’ by Butler Ballet at Clowes Hall, Dec. 5-8.
Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

See holiday gifts come to life, an army of toy soldiers battle mice, and a string of flowers perform a waltz Dec. 5-8, 2013, as Butler Ballet presents five performances of The Nutcracker at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 6; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 7; and 2 p.m. Dec. 8.

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 through Ticketmaster. For telephone orders, call 800-982-2787.

Butler Ballet’s 31st annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will feature 112 Butler dancers, plus 33 young dancers from the Indianapolis community. This year’s Nutcracker will be accompanied by the Butler Symphony Orchestra under the director of Richard Auldon Clark.

“It’s a great Nutcracker,” said Larry Attaway, chair of Butler’s Dance Department. “The students look wonderful, and we’re very excited about it.”

Many of the main roles have been double-cast to give Butler Ballet’s 34 seniors a chance to showcase their talents.

Katherine Currier (Norwich, Vt.), and Shelby Shenkman (Boca Raton, Fla.), share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Christian Griggs-Drane (Richmond, Va.) and Stuart Coleman (Lynchburg, Va.) will bring the Nutcracker to life.

Margaret Carey (Dayton, Ohio) and Alexandra Benson (Jacksonville, Fla.) will dance the role of Snow Queen. Samuel Rogers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and George Vargas (Grasonville, Md.) will be Snow King.

The Dew Drop Fairy will be danced by Carly Hambridge (Matthews, N.C.) and Ashleigh Chuang (Collinsville, Conn.), and Conner Horak (a junior from Fort Collins, Col.) and Zachary Kukla (LaPorte, Ind.) will play the Cavalier.

In a change from the past few years, the roles of Clara and Fritz will be danced by children from the Indianapolis community rather than Butler Ballet dancers. Michaela Sanger, a freshman at Herron High School in Indianapolis, will play Clara, and Peyton Barnes, a fourth-grader at Southwest Elementary School in Greenwood, will be Fritz.

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

As always, all Butler Dance faculty—Cynthia Pratt, Marek Cholewa, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, Patrick Hinson, and Associate Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts Michelle Jarvis—have a hand in the choreography.

“It’s going to be a wonderful, traditional Nutcracker, and yet have a real different look than people are used to with us” because faculty members handle different choreography assignments each year, Attaway said.

For more information, visit, or call 317-940-6444.