Studio K Youth Ballet presents double
feature dance program
By Jeff Eason
The swans of the Studio K
production of Swan Lake. Photo by Jeff Eason.
The Studio K Youth Ballet
production of The Little Mermaid stars Ariel Franklin
as Ursula, Callie Stanberry as Ariel and Matthew Greene
as the Prince. Photo by Jeff Eason.
Studio K Youth Ballet, the High Country dance troupe that presents
the wonderful production of Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker
each December, is in the spring swing of things.
Studio Ks spring production is a double feature of two
completely different ballet works for the stage. The first is
the classic ballet Swan Lake, with music by Peter Tchaikovsky.
The second is a ballet rendition of the tale of The Little Mermaid,
featuring plenty of popular characters from the Disney animated
film version of Hans Christian Andersons immortal story.
Studio Ks production of Swan Lake and The Little Mermaid
ballets will be presented at Farthing Auditorium in Boone on
Saturday, May 3rd at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 4th at 3 p.m. Tickets
are $10 for adults and $7 for children.
Swan Lake had its premiere in 1877 at the Bolshoy Theatre in
Moscow. Today, most presentations are staged, both choreographically
and musically, based on the 1895 revival of Swan Lake that occurred
at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The story of Swan Lake concerns Prince Siegfri, an heir to
the throne who must declare a wife at his birthday ball. Upset
that he cannot marry for love, he escapes into the forest at
night where he sees a flock of swans flying overhead. He follows
the swans and aims his crossbow at one of them. To his surprise,
the creature is more woman than swan, having been magically
changed by a sorcerer named King Rothbart. The swan maidens
name is Odette.
Siegfri and Odette fall in love and, determined to break the
swan spell, he returns to the castle. Rothbart arrives in disguise
with his own daughter, Odile, who looks exactly like Odette
except for the fact that she wears black instead of white. The
prince mistakes her for Odette and proclaims to the court that
he intends to marry her. A moment later Siegfri sees the real
Odette and realizes his mistake. Tragedy ensues.
The Studio K production of Swan Lake features Hannah Williams
as the Jester, Nolan McKew as Prince Siegfri, Shannon Hatley
as Queen Uberta, Gayle Anderson as Princess Odette, Kenneth
Wright as King William, Sarah Mixter as Princess Odile and Jeff
Hatley as King Rothbart.
The Courtyard Children Keepers of the Royal Crown include
Lacey Bradford, Kayla Edmisten, Delia Forrester, Linley Garwood,
Emily Hill, Kaitlyn Hodges, Savannah McIntosh, Ramsey Parker,
Gracie Proffit, Eden Stroupe, Katie Thompson, Ella Triplett,
Ella Carroll, Bailey Cook, Hailey Marshall, Olivia Pinnix, Kacie
Rominger, Ava Black, Lily Brown, Hallie Grace Byrd, Alexis Clary,
Lauren Darbo, Emma Knight, Lizzie Miller, Lucy Miller, Quincy
Peacock, Ella Pennell, Grace Sears, Janie Ann Soucek, Kathleen
Gibson, Summer Green, Tilliman Maxwell, Emma Rominger, Ellery
Rushing and Savanna Berry.
The Courtyard Dancers include Tegan Allan, Noelle Eller, Summit
Fredenburg, Andrew Hatley, Catie Holder, Carrie Labonte, Breanna
Meadows, Sophie Reese, Emma Kate Sevensky, Anna Shellman, Audrey
Smith, Sydney Styron, R J Christian, Kaylee Cottom, Kelci Moody,
Kathryn Watson, Karen Batichon, Caitlin Clarke, Raven Cook,
Emily Grant, Journey Hamm, Cheney Hester, Claire McCoy, Angela
Ramsdell, Elizabeth Vilas, Mary Lovins, Andrew Hatley, Lindsey
Visiting Princesses and Kings include Wendy Curtis, Haley
Walton, Anna Reichard, Ken Steele, John Cook Mike Wilson, and
The Banner Bearers include Alana Patterson, Annie Venable,
Sarah Morh, Kellyn Stamey and Evan Redmond.
Royalty includes Tiffany Christian, Andy Harkins, Mary Silver,
Carol Cook, John Cook, Mike Wilson, Ken Steele, Mary Ellis,
Greg Lovins, Meresa Verholek and Dan Krontz.
The Little Swans include Staci Brown, Heather Byrd, Emma Carder,
Sara Frances Greene, Olivia Handley, Emma Harkins, Lacy Holder,
Tory Jensen, Kelsi Kanoy, Hannah Nemcosky, Olivia Reese, Meghan
Smith, Jessica Tufts, Katherine Tufts, Camille Ward, Olivia
Williamson, Cami Hastings, Heather Ostwalt, Mackenna Berry,
Joanna Campbell, Rayanna Christian, Moriah Franklin, Amelia
Humiston-Baker, Jasmine Jackson, Courtney Jensen, Kennedy Kavanaugh,
Sierra Lowder, Francesca Mancini, Gabrielle Moody, Rachel Norwood,
Sierra Sweeney and Catherine Catoe.
The Cygnets include Brooke Ashcraft, Haylee Barker, Zoe Brown,
Alison Cook, Hattie Rose Greene, Faith Ann Henson, Allie Hollis,
Emmie Huffman, Erin Jensen, Megan Lewis, Sarah Grace Shellman,
Claudia Button, Emma Pinnix, Anna Grace Williams, Sage Cercopely,
Grace Corwine, Sadye Franklin, Kaitlin Meiring, Natalie Noble,
Samantha Reese, Savannah Spencer, Belinda Wang, Demi Wang, Lili
Bauar and Caroline Zuber.
The White Swan Corp de Ballet includes Sara Critcher, Kathryn
DeVoe, Abby Foster, Ariel Franklin, Akesha Greene, Ashley Harkins,
Catharine Milner, Lindsey Harkins, Meghan Mixon, Shannon Hatley,
Lindsay Kaudelka, Sally Miller, Sarah Mixter, Eve Smalling,
Nicole Werner, Hannah Williams, Wendy Curtis, Shellie Karaus,
Anna Reichard, Callie Stanbery, Amanda Taylor, Haley Walton,
Tara Wicker, Lauren Greene, Jenny Myers, Katelyn Turley and
The Four Little Swans are Ashley Harkins, Lindsey Harkins,
Catharine Milner and Lauren Greene. Four Swans include Shannon
Hatley, Kathryn De Voe, Eve Smalling, Nicole Werner, Abby Foster,
Sarah Mixter, Akesha Greene and Tara Wicker.
The Ballroom Dancers include Jenny Myers, Katelyn Turley, Jessica
Townsend, Simone Anderson, Hailey Beshears, Megan Rush, Alana
Patterson, Annie Venable and Kellyn Stamey.
The Black Swan Corp de Ballet includes Laurel Beebe, Taylor
Blanton, Alex Ellis, Kaitlin Felts, Anna Kay Greene, Anna Jensen,
Bailey Messenkopf, Sarah Mohr, Carly Moser, Elizabeth Pitts,
Rebekah Washburn, Kathleen Baker, Emily Burwell, Katelyn Callahan,
Alana Patterson, Kellyn Stamey, Morgan Story, Evangeline Redmond,
Annie Venable, Abigail Apgar, Nicole Krontz and Brittany Burwell.
The Little Mermaid
First published in 1837, Hans Christian Andersons The
Little Mermaid has become one of the most beloved tales in literature.
The story revolves around the adventures of Ariel, a young mermaid
on the brink of womanhood. One day she swims to the surface
and spies a handsome prince. She asks the Sea Witch Ursula to
change her into a human so she can meet the prince. Ursula gives
her a potion that transforms her into a human but also takes
away her beautiful singing voice. Ariel must get the prince
to fall in love with her because if he marries another she will
turn into sea foam and dissolve.
The Studio K production of The Little Mermaid features Callie
Stanberry as Ariel, Matthew Greene as The Prince, and Ariel
Franklin as the Sea Witch.
The Seagulls include Anna Reichard, Akesha Greene, Abby Foster,
Eve Smalling, Katelyn Turley, Hannah Williams, Tara Wicker and
Sailors include Anna Reichard, Akesha Greene, Abby Foster, Eve
Smalling, Jenny Myers, Tara Wicker, Nicole Werner, Katelyn Turley,
Jessica Townsend, Simone Anderson, Hailey Beshears, Megan Rush,
Alana Patterson, Annie Venable and Kellyn Stamey.
Mermaid Sisters include Shellie Karaus, Lindsay Kaudelka, Sally
Miller, Ashley Harkins, Sara Critcher, Meghan Mixon. Partners:
Kenneth Wright, Josh Blackburn, Micheal Sutton, Kim Street,
Jeff Hatley, Garrett Mixon and Nick Bruce.
The scene Under the Sea includes Courtney Bell, Samantha Byrd,
Megan Dean, Sarah Ledford, Emily Ray, Sara Ware, Kerri Whittaker,
Addie Hartley, Alex Ellis, Laurel Bebee, Eden Arquette, Emma
Barr, Morgan Brink, Isabelle Broman-Fulks, Emme Caito, Bethany
Critcher, Savannah Grizzard, Gaia Harper, Josie Herring, Caroline
Hodges, Taylor Replogle, Madelyne Street , Jaidyn Toomey, Devin
Drummond, Katy Drummond, Julia Banks, Rebekah Blair, Lilly Coggins,
Luci Brooke Creed, Alessandra Densham, Alexis Eggers, Anna Galloway,
Libby Glidewell, Kati Mac Greene, Molly Grimes, Sarah Grimes,
Molly Kirkland, Isabella Knight, Marisa Romanat, Allison Turbyfill,
Rhianna Verholek, Ava Williamson and Peyton Walton.
Village Children include Avery Devereux, Lily Devereux, Will
Devereux, Katy Drummond, Carlton Dyer, Summer Finch, Julia Handley,
Madeline Hays, Angela Claire Henderson, Jackie Illich, Reagan
Miller, Evangelina Mizell, Elizabeth Noble, Isabella Phipps,
Browning Proctor, Lydia Rothrock, Chloe Wilburn, Tiana Wilson,
Abigail Button, Bella Barlow, Leah Brabham, Ansley Caterson,
Rylee Councill, Bailey Councill ,Alanis Davila, Lilly Fairbanks,
Macayla Kanoy, Camryn Norris, Riley Parker, Emarie Peacock,
Ava Schmidinger, Katie Gray Sechrist, Madison Welch and Ella
Village Dancers include Lindsey Cole, Carolina Conway, Morgan
Critcher, Eliza Grace Eason, Sara Frances Greene, Emma Harkins,
Breianna Hehenberger, Deanna Indicott, Mary Lovins, Amanda Lubkemann,
Tabitha Moody, Alexis Pope, Allison Quinn, Emily Whittaker and
The Wedding Party scene includes Lauren Cottom, Ashlyn Edmisten,
Marley Forrester, Emma Gravitt, Zoe Gravitt, Caroline Hoover,
Lennon Lupton, Maggie Milhaupt, Mckayla Minor, Sydney Morrison,
Caitlin Sanders, Mattie Suggs, Rebecca Anderson, Eden Indicott,
Ella Thompson, Bridgett Baird, Victoria Cool, Faith FloresTerran
Julian, Shaelyn Sheaff, Molly Taylor, Abigail Utter, Carsyn
Howarth, Kaycee Wilson, Hannah Bates, Ashley Canter, Megan Critcher,
Sidney Ginn, Brook Matheson, Amelia Powers, Hanna Reeves, Megan
Tate, Olivia Watson, Brittany Burwell, Victoria Redmon, Abigail
Apgar, Nicole Krontz, Ivy Ulmer, Savannah Copeland, Amanda Eagle-Farrar,
Morgan Hatley, Brandy Hicks, Ryan Loflin, Caroline Lovins, Aynsley
Moore, Elizabeth Watson, Laura Zuber, Mackenna Berry, Laurel
Beebe, Taylor Blanton, Alex Ellis, Kaitlin Felts, Anna Kay Greene,
Anna Jensen, Bailey Messenkopf, Sarah Mohr, Carly Moser, Elizabeth
Pitts, Rebekah Washburn, Kathleen Baker, Emily Burwell, Katelyn
Callahan, Alana Patterson, Kellyn Stamey, Morgan Story, Evangeline
Redmond, Annie Venable, Abigail Apgar, Nicole Krontz and Britney