Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 28, 2013

Holiday classic

Local dancers toe up area 'Nutcracker' productions

The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

For more on Andover School of Ballet, contact director Kristina Liversidge at 978-475-5919.


Seven Andover girls have been cast in New England Civic Ballet’s annual performances, which returns to the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover Dec. 13 through 15.

The dancers who range in age from 8 through college age were selected from an open audition in early September by directors Phyllis George and Roshni Pecora. They will perform alongside some seasoned veterans of the production.

Riley Griffin, Elaina Ventre, Emily Bartner and Jessica Liao join Andover School of Ballet’s Louise Steenbergen, Julia Jennings and Kate Beaver in the production.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15. at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for children ages 12 and under and seniors ages 55 and up. Group rates are also available. For reservations or information, visit or call the studio at 978-975-0289.


Andover resident Jillian Germano shares the stage with international guest artists in Northeast Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” next month at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts on Shawsheen Road in Andover.

The production will feature more than 125 dancers from the Greater Boston area who auditioned with the nonprofit ballet company, along with international guest artists hailing from Australia, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and New York. It is being choreographed by artistic director Denise Cecere.

Performances are Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 12 through 15. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for children and seniors, and $22 for students and groups of 20-plus. For tickets, visit or call 800-595-4849. For more about Northeast Youth Ballet, visit