American Youth Ballet
Saturday May 14, 2016 - At JCCC Carlsen Center, Polsky Theater - 2 pm and 7 pm
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14 May 2016 - 2 pm and 7 pm
American Dance Center (studio rehearsals) and
Performance at Carlsen Center at JCCC in the Polsky Theater
Ticket prices for May 14th 2016, 2pm or 7pm - Adults - $19, Youths 12 & Under - $16
Lift from the AYB website: "Set to Prokofiev's beautiful score, the most recognizable fairy tale is told in its entirety."
Theater pictures - Dress 2, Friday - for 2 pm performance Saturday
Juliana Kuhn (Fairy Godmother)
Molly Cook (Cinderella)
Lady of Zaragoza (Sofia)
Seth York (Prince) at the ball
Trying on the shoe
Dancing class with dance master, students and accompianist (violin)
Clock gnomes leap at the chimes striking out the midnight hour
Cinderella (Molly Cook) in the cottage
Director, Choreographer Kristopher Estes-Brown leads on stage 4 pm class prior to Friday's dress rehearsal, here doing échappé sautés
Theater pictures - Dress 1, Thursday - for 7 pm performance Saturday
Cinderella (Dena'h Gregory) in a "Rond de Broom"
Show Struggle: as one of the step sisters (here, Molly Cook, who is Cinderella in the other cast).
Sofia Acosta (the other step sister in this cast is pushing the shoe on while Jennifer Tierney (step mother) is behind the chair. And everyone else is in turmoil.
Working through - First intermission break on stage - Kristopher Estes-Brown at far left in cap, Dena'h Gregory and Seth York at front with the arabesque, Molly Cook at far right.
The Prince lifts Cinderella
Busting through the step sisters
In Polsky Theater for Saturday's performances
The lobby entrance to Polsky
Juliana Kuhn as the Fairy Godmother (2 pm performance)
One group doing a tour jete at the 5 pm class on stage before the 7 pm performance - L-R: Rebekah Nelson, Hannah Baillie, Annie Cook
5 pm on stage class before the 7 pm performance with échappé sautés (dancer's high class version of jumping jacks)
Cinderella Program - Sat May 14th, 2016
Choreography Kristopher Estes-Brown Music composed by Sergei Prokof lev Set Design Anthony Putzier, Chris Cresci, and Kristopher Estes-Brown Lighting Design Kristopher Estes-Brown Costuming Director Jennifer Tierney
Young Cinderella Annika Jones Father Asher Wilson Mother Molly Cook(2p), Dena’h Gregory(7p) Young Step Sisters Elise Johnson, Julia Walewicz Stepmother Jennifer Tierney Cinderella Molly Cook(2p), Dena’h Gregory(7p) Stepsisters Anne Marie Dahms and Cassie Wang (2p) Sofia Acosta and Molly Cook (7p) Fairy Godmother Juliana Kuhn (2p), Malerie Moore (7p) Prince’s Page Alec Roth Dance Master Asher Wilson Violinist Joshua Kovac Dance Students Audrey Merckling, Julia Harshbarger, Julia Walewicz, Ella Hiebert, Samantha Marx, Evey Musgrave Spring Fairy Annie Cook (2p), Elise Johnson (7p) Summer Fairy Hannah Baìllie (2p), Juliana Kuhn (7p) Autumn Fairy Dena’h Gregory (2p), Rebekah Nelson (7p) Winter Fairy Malerie Moore (2p), Cassie Wang (7p) FairyAttendants Wren Versluis, Ellie Sturgeon (2p), Mana Kondo (2p), Kaia Bell, Max Isaac, Nicole Kierspel (2p), Kyla Hess (7p), Elizabeth Patry(7p), Malee Head(7p) Dragonflies Miriam Rogers, Julia Walewìcz, Anne-Marie Dahms(7p), Julia Harshbarger, Rebekah Nelson (2p), Annie Cook(7p), Amanda Young, Sofia Acosta (2p), Madeline Oliver (7p), Elise Johnson (2p), Hannah Baillie (7p), Audrey Merkling (2p) Butterflies Alexandria Tan, Lily Leach, Tara Cook, Elise Hermann (2p), Nora Burdoo (7p), Maddie Vielhauer (2p), Ellie Johnson (7p), Christine McCubbins (2p), Alexis Arp (2p), Caroline Taliaferro (7p), Vivian Hsiao (2p), Alice Lenz (7p), Samantha Thurston (7p), Julia Sollars (2p), Kaylee Johnson (2p), Vera Scanlan (7p) Clock Gnomes Caitlin Blackwood, Anne Chen, Hannah Chong, Natalie Goldman, Elsa Pineda, Annika Jones, Rebekah Grant, Erica Domen, Sophia Egger, Elyse Jackson, lina Li, Kennedy Newell —intermission—
Court Ladies Erica Domen, Caitlin Blackwood, Hannah Chong, Anne Chen, Sophia Egger, Elyse Jackson, Tina Li, Kennedy Newell, Ally Kaestner, Ella Hiebert, Samantha Marx, Evey Musgrave Prince’s Companions Alec and Asher Ballroom Guests Miriam Rogers, Julia Walewicz, Anne-Marie Dahms(7p) Julia Harshbarqer, Madeline Oliver (7p), Rebekah Nelson (2p), Annie Cook(7p), Amanda Young, Sofia Acosta (2p), Elise Johnson (2p), Hannah Baillie (7p), Audrey Merkling (2p) Prince Seth Yorke —pause—
Cobblers Julia Walewicz, Audrey Merkling, Elise Johnson (2p), Madeline Oliver, Julia Harshbarger, Miriam Rogers, Annie Cook (7p) Villagers Sara Ye(2p), Jonina OnYang(2p), Arielle Li(2p), Jasmine Harris(2p), Grace Wang(2p), Sophia Qiu (2p), Cindy Jiang (2p), Annabella Choi (2p), Jamie Chapple(7p), Liliana Wiit(7p), Kaylee Helmer(7p), Sophia Hatch(7p), Eliana Kovacova(7p), Liana Mullinnix(7p), Koyuri Morita(7p), Lady of Zaragoza Sofia Acosta (2p), Amanda Young (7p)
From Studio to Theater - what practice in studio allows later in theater
Spring Fairies (Top: Elise Johnson in dress #1 [7pm Sat], Bottom: Annie Cook in dress #2 [2pm Sat]) Combines four jetes in two rehearsals with two casts.
If you think you've seen this elsewhere on the page it is because I prepared earlier versions before I had time to put together this study. As a photographer, I also need practice (rehearsals) to know what is coming up. The study above shows the Spring Fairie roles by (on the left) Elise Johnson and (on the right (Annie Cook). On the bottom are the studio shots and on the top are the shots by the time we get into theater. These show a pair of jetes performed by each dancer. The first one starts upstage center then a second jete heading downstage left. In studio shots, on the first jetes of each pair I shot a bit late. On Elise I was slightly late and on Annie just plain late. I manage to get the right moment for each of the second jetes. On stage they are all at the right spot with maybe a tad late on Annie's the first jete.
Studio Rehearsal Pictures - May 7, the Saturday Before the Theater
Seth York (prince) and Dena'h Gregory (Cinderella)
Dena'h Gregory as Cinderella (compare to same moment in the on stage photo of Molly in this role, above
Seth York (prince) and Molly Cook (as Cinderella, she is a step-sister in the other cast)
Molly Cook (as evil step-sister) trying to fit the shoe that doesn't fit
Anne Marie Dahms in chair and Cassie Wang (left pounding on the shoe) (as the evil step-sisters) trying to fit the shoe that doesn't fit.
Jennifer Tierney (behind) as step mother (who was fairy godmother for Madison Ballet)
L-R: Hannah Baillie, Annie Cook and Anne-Marie Dahms (front)
Step Sisters (front) Molly Cooke and Sofia Acosta, with (behind) Malerie Moore (as disguised fairy godmother) and Dena'h Gregory as Cinderella
Three-frame panel of Seth York in a set of tour en l'aires
Studio Rehearsal Pictures - in April, The Month Before the Theater
Studio Multiple Layers: Malerie Moore in a pique arabesque while behind her are parents in the hallway and younger dancers both sitting along the edges and going on.
Jennifer Tierney (bad step mother), Sofia Acosta (a bad step sister), Seth York (prince)
Notes in the middle
Elise Johnson in jete
Crossing jetes - Anne Marie Dahms (facing)
Jennifer Tierney working on costumes
Arabesque: Molly Cook
Or ... this version of Juliana Kuhn, done in mirror imaging
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