American Youth Ballet

3 performances
Saturday May 12th 2018 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday May 13th 2018 at 2 pm

At JCCC's Carlsen Center's Polsky Theater

"Alice in Wonderland"

3 Performances
Saturday 12 May 2018 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday 13 May 2018 at 2 pm

American Dance Center (studio rehearsals) and
Performance at Carlsen Center at JCCC
in the Polsky Theater

In-Theater pictures - Polsky Theater at JCCC

The performances were on Saturday and Sunday. This is a fun, funny and active ballet with a terrific company of young dancers.

Behind the curtain at class and at intermission for the Saturday and Sunday shows

Alice in Wonderland - Behind the curtain at intermission on Sunday's 2pm show
Behind the curtain at intermission on Sunday's 2pm show.

Behind the curtain at intermission Saturday 7pm show, getting ready for Act II. Left to right Trey Johnson (Knave of Hearts), Julia Harshbarger (Diamond), Madalyn Hesterlee (Dormouse), Julia Walewicz (Cheshire Cat), Kristopher Estes-Brown (choreographer, director), Ella Hiebert (March Hare), Joshua Velasquez (Mad Hatter) and Asher Wilson (King of Hearts) - Alice in Wonderland.
Behind the curtain at intermission Saturday 7pm show, getting ready for Act II. Left to right Trey Johnson (Knave of Hearts), Julia Harshbarger (Diamond),
Madalyn Hesterlee (Dormouse), Julia Walewicz (Cheshire Cat), Kristopher Estes-Brown (choreographer, director), Ella Hiebert (March Hare),
Joshua Velasquez (Mad Hatter) and Asher Wilson (King of Hearts).

Class - saturday - Alice in Wonderland
Class, Saturday afternoon

Class - Alice in Wonderland
Echappe Sautes (extra souped up dancers' version of "jumping jacks")

Class - Alice in Wonderland
These kids have eyes in the tops of their heads

The pep talk at the end of class, before their Saturday 7 pm performance in Alice in Wonderland.
The pep talk at the end of class, before their Saturday 7 pm performance.

Dress Number 2 - Friday May 11th in Polsky - cast for Saturday and Sunday 2 pm performances

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)

Mome Raths (front), hammer, pencils - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Mome Raths (front), hammer, pencils

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Malerie Moore as The Caterpillar

Lobsters, oysters and mock turtle - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Lobsters, oysters and mock turtle

Oysters - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Oysters

Julia Harshbarger as the White Rabbit - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Julia Harshbarger as the White Rabbit

Julia Walewicz as Alice and Hannah Baillie as the Cheshire Cat - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Julia Walewicz as Alice and Hannah Baillie as the Cheshire Cat

Josh Velasquez as the Mad Hatter - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Josh Velasquez as the Mad Hatter

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Annie Cook as a Diamond

Anne Chen as The Executioner - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Anne Chen as The Executioner

Julia Harshbarger as White Rabbit - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Julia Harshbarger as White Rabbit

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Flood

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Company class before dress

Juliana Kuhn as Lily - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Juliana Kuhn as Lily

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)

Trey Johnson as Knave - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
As the saying goes (with variations): "If dance were any easier it would be called football"
About the repeatability and seeming effortlessness of dancers with dancer's high level of technical skills.
Compare this shot on Friday with Trey Johnson in the same moment from Thursday just below.
Here lighting has changed (bottom row lights added and projections added) but the action remains exactly the same.
Try that in football without grunting, groaning, yelling, tumbling and crunching and stopping to regroup for the next play.

 

Dress Number 1 - Thursday May 10th in Polsky - cast for the Saturday 7 pm performance

Annie Cook as the White Rabbit and Juliana Kuhn as Alice - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Annie Cook as the White Rabbit and Juliana Kuhn as Alice

Juliana Kuhn as Alice - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Juliana Kuhn as Alice

Hannah Baillie as the Caterpillar - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Hannah Baillie as the Caterpillar

A hitch in time - March Hare (Ella Hiebert), Mad Hatter (Joshua Velasquez), Alice (Juliana Kuhn) and Madalyn Hesterlee (Dormouse) - Alice in Wonderland
A hitch in time - March Hare (Ella Hiebert), Mad Hatter (Joshua Velasquez), Alice (Juliana Kuhn) and Madalyn Hesterlee (Dormouse)

Queen and King of Hearts (Abbey Crews and Asher Wilson) - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Queen and King of Hearts (Abbey Crews and Asher Wilson)

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Knave of Hearts - Trey Johnson (compare to above picture)

Cheshire Cat, Duchess and Alice (Hannah Baillie, Jennifer Tierney and Juliana Kuhn) - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Cheshire Cat, Duchess and Alice (Hannah Baillie, Jennifer Tierney and Juliana Kuhn)

Alice, Cheshire Cat, Cook and Duchess (Juliana Kuhn, Hannah Baillie, Miriam Rogers, Jennifer Tierney) - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Alice, Cheshire Cat, Cook and Duchess (Juliana Kuhn, Hannah Baillie, Miriam Rogers, Jennifer Tierney)

Two pencils and an Alice: Gavin Hoedl, Abbey Crews and Juliana Kuhn - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 2 (Fri)
Two pencils and an Alice: Gavin Hoedl, Abbey Crews and Juliana Kuhn

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Mome Raths

Cheshire cat stalks Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Cheshire Cat stalks Alice

Miriam Rogers (Queen of Spades) - Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Miriam Rogers (Queen of Spades)

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Practice, working out lifting and dropping Dormouse "into" the tea pot (see below for the way it looks from the front)

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Mad Hatter, Dormouse, March Hare

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)

Alice in Wonderland - dress No 1 (Thu)
Tweedle

First day in theater, tech rehearsal Wed May 9th in Polsky

Alice - tech

Alice - tech

Alice - Tech

Alice - tech

Alice - A dancer's activitiy, taking dance notes during tech
A dancer's activitiy, taking dance notes during tech

Alice - tech and talk

 

Program Credits

Alice in Wonderland Credits

   
ChoreographyKristopher Estes-Brown
Music composed byDmitri Shostakovich
Set DesignAnthony Putzier and Kristopher Estes-Brown
Lighting DesignKristopher Estes-Brown
Costuming DirectorJennifer Tierney with Deborah Green, Carol Brookover, and Kate Erlinger
Artistic DirectorsJennifer Tierney and Kristopher Estes-Brown
Company Manager and Rehearsal DirectorLaura Jones Wallner
*Denotes 2pm Saturday, May 12 and 2pm Sunday, May 13 performances
**Denotes 7pm Saturday, May 12 performance
 

Act I

AliceJulia Walewicz*, Juliana Kuhn**
White RabbitJulia Harshbarger*, Annie Cook**
SisterAnn Nelson*, Maureen Borberg**
Little AliceEmily Allen
DinahRebeca Flores*, Annika Jones**
Mock TurtleNadine Peck*, Ella Huggins**
Flood Leads Miriam Rogers*, Ella Hiebert**, Ximena Flores*, Alexis Applegate, Erica Domen**, Ann Nelson*, Anne Chen**
Flood Corps de Ballet Ellie Johnson, Lily Leach, Tara Cook, Christine McCubbins, Caroline Taliaferro, Vera Scanlan, Vivian Hsiao, Vera Scanlan, Lexi Arp
Oysters Estella Stawarz*, Madeline Harvey**, Kyla Hess*, Bella Gladish**, Violette Witt*, Emily Petrella**, Emily Allen*, Yunah Kang**, Bella Breithaupt*, Fiona Ye**, Addison Tharp, Layla Maciula*, Shiloh Nelson**, Cami Cartier*, Chloe Hanks**, Lillian Curry**, Even Diegel*, Aoi Morita**, Anna Sawafuji*, Rowan McGil**
Lobsters Ella Hiebert*, Hannah Chong**, Elyse Jackson*, Maureen Borberg**, Abbey Crews*, Ximena Flores**, Annie Cook*, Audrey Merckling**
Lily Juliana Kuhn*, Julia Harshbarger**
Rose Hannah Chong*, Ann Nelson**
CavalierTrey Johnson
Daisy Anne Chen*, Elyse Jackson**
Caterpillar Malerie Moore*, Hannah Baillie**
Violets Oliva Ayers, Nadine Peck**, Madalyn Hesterlee**, Annika Jones*, Avani Lakkireddy, Ella Huggins* Erica Domen, Elsa Pineda*, Rebeca Flores
Caterpillar Body Joanna Ouyang, Arielle Li, Cindy Wang, Ella Kaemmer
Duchess Jennifer Tierney
Cheshire Cat Hannah Baillie*, Julia Walewicz**
Cook Alexis Applegate*, Miriam Rogers**
HammersOwen Chambers*, Mason Cook*, Max lsaac**, Zeleon Sea**
PencilsElise Johnson*, Abbey Crews**, Gavin Hoedl
Mome RathsSophia Qiu*, Sara Ye,** Lily Deioh*, Hannah Kang**, Lily Witt*, Koyuri Morita**, Matalin Patel* Jamie Chapple**, Ellie Xu*, Lilian Meier**, Mia Maciula*, Ashely Chen**, Wren Versluis*, Melody Xue**, Juliet Lothyan*, Mikayla Neo**, Adeline Qin
 

Act ll

Mad Hatter Joshua Velasquez
Queen of HeartsMaureen Borberg*, Abbey Crews**
March HareElla Hiebert
DormouseMadalyn Hesterlee
King of HeartsAsher Wilson
TweedlesAudrey Merckling**, Alexis Applegate, Miriam Rogers*, Ximena Flores*
Queen of SpadesAlexis Applegate*, Miriam Rogers**
ExecutionerAnne Chen*, Erica Domen**
Knave of HeartsTrey Johnson
FlamingoDaphne Johnson*, Halle Jaeger**
DiamondsMalerie Moore*, Hannah Baillie**, Annie Cook*, Julia Harshbarger**, Elise Johnson*, Ximena Flores**
SpadesAnn Nelson, Elyse Jackson, Hannah Chong
CardsCaroline Taliaferro, Ellie Johnson, Vivian Hsiao, Vera Soanlan, Annika Jones, Ella Huggins, Elsa Pineda, Madeline Hesterlee, Nadine Peck, Olivia Ayres, Avani Lakkireddy, Rebeca Flores
HedgehogsChristine McCubbins, Lexi Arp, Lily Leach, Tara Cook
Red PaintHazel Leach*, Claire Wheat*, Sophia Teply*, Betsey Rodriguez* Skyla Neo**, Madeline Davenport*, Sophia Sitzes**, Ze-Ian Sea**, Danielle Harvey**, Rivka Albee**

 

Studio Rehearsal Pictures Below at American Dance Center, 118 Quivira, OP, KS

Studio Rehearsal Pictures Sunday May 6

Alice

Cheshire Cat, Duchess, Alice (2pm) (Hannah Baillie, Jennifer Tierney, Julia Walewicz) - Alice in Wonderland
Cheshire Cat, Duchess, Alice (2pm) (Hannah Baillie, Jennifer Tierney, Julia Walewicz)

Alice
Mome Raths

Alice
Cheshire Cat (Hannah Baillie) and Alice (Julia Walewicz) (2pm)

Juliana Kuhn and Trey Johnson (Alice and Knave of Hearts, 7pm) - Alice in Wonderland
Juliana Kuhn and Trey Johnson (Alice and Knave of Hearts, 7pm)

Mad Hatter (Joshua Velasquez) - Alice in Wonderland
Mad Hatter (Joshua Velasquez)

 

Studio Rehearsal Pictures Saturday May 5

Alice - Dance of the lobsters
Dance of the lobsters

Alice

Alice
Rehearsal, taking notes and life in the studio

A break in rehearsal (Malerie Moore)
A break in rehearsal (Malerie Moore)

Alice notes
A few last notes after Saturday afternoon's runs

Alice
Well, they do say "Off with their heads .." in Alice in Wonderland. I lost part of her head from the frame but liked the picture anyway, maybe because of the frame.
Duchess, Cook and Alice, 2pm shows, (Jennifer Tierney, Alexis Applegate, Julia Walewicz)

Alice 8 panels

Alice
Checking videos wtih Miss Jennifer

Alice dogs
And a puppy (nope, not a cast member, just hopeful) in the entrance of American Dance Center

 

Studio Rehearsal Pictures - April

Alice

Alice

Alice

Alice

Alice

Alice

Alice

Alice

 

 

 

 

Alice
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Alice
Hannah Baillie

Alice
Annie Cook

Alice
Hannah Baillie

Alice
Hannah Baillie

 


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