Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

November 28, 2013

Holiday classic

Local dancers toe up area 'Nutcracker' productions

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

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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 www.newenglandcivicballet.org or call the studio at 978-975-0289.

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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 northeastyouthballet.tix.com or call 800-595-4849. For more about Northeast Youth Ballet, visit www.northeastyouthballet.org.

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