Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 28, 2013

Holiday classic

Local dancers toe up area 'Nutcracker' productions

Several local dancers are polishing up their numbers for productions of Tchaikovsky’s popular holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” throughout the region next month.

Here’s a look at some of the dancers and where they will be taking the stage:


Fourteen local students of The Andover School of Ballet are gearing up to perform in several area “Nutcracker” productions.

Every week, the dedicated dancers rehearse their “Nutcracker” roles, which they auditioned for, while also continuing their usual schedule of classes at the ballet school located at 14 Park St. in Andover.

Francesca Carnovale, 9, will be performing as a clown in the Albany Berkshire Ballet production at Lawrence High School on Dec. 18 and 19.

Katie Beaver and Louise Steenbergen, both 9, will be performing as party girls and Julia Jennings, 15, will be seen as a mouse and angel in the New England Civic Ballet production at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover on Dec. 13 through 15.

Several local girls will be appearing in the Dance Prism production at the Collins Center for the Arts at Andover High School on Dec. 21 and 22. Katherine Bace, 13, will be a cupid; Sarah Bace, Daniela Friedman and Kate Zdunczyk, all 10, will be carolers and peppermints; Francesca Carnovale, 9, and Minh-Khue DoBa and Bella Mohammed, both 7, will be carolers; and Grace Ventre, 8, and Olivia Ventre, 10, will be carolers, peppermints, reindeer and understudies for soldiers in the touring cast. In this production, the students either perform in a touring cast at several venues in Andover, Fall River, Littleton, Sudbury and Worcester or in the local cast featured in the Andover performances only.

Anna Clark, 11, will be a party girl and a tea corps member and Lily Clark, 7, will be a cherub and a baby doll in the Ballet Misha production at The Dana Center at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 14 and 15.

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