American Youth Ballet
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"
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
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).
Class, Saturday afternoon
Echappe Sautes (extra souped up dancers' version of "jumping jacks")
These kids have eyes in the tops of their heads
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
Mome Raths (front), hammer, pencils
Malerie Moore as The Caterpillar
Lobsters, oysters and mock turtle
Julia Harshbarger as the White Rabbit
Julia Walewicz as Alice and Hannah Baillie as the Cheshire Cat
Josh Velasquez as the Mad Hatter
Annie Cook as a Diamond
Anne Chen as The Executioner
Julia Harshbarger as White Rabbit
Company class before dress
Juliana Kuhn as Lily
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
Juliana Kuhn as Alice
Hannah Baillie as the Caterpillar
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)
Knave of Hearts - Trey Johnson (compare to above picture)
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)
Two pencils and an Alice: Gavin Hoedl, Abbey Crews and Juliana Kuhn
Cheshire Cat stalks Alice
Miriam Rogers (Queen of Spades)
Practice, working out lifting and dropping Dormouse "into" the tea pot (see below for the way it looks from the front)
Mad Hatter, Dormouse, March Hare
First day in theater, tech rehearsal Wed May 9th in Polsky
A dancer's activitiy, taking dance notes during tech
Alice in Wonderland Credits
Choreography Kristopher Estes-Brown Music composed by Dmitri Shostakovich Set Design Anthony Putzier and Kristopher Estes-Brown Lighting Design Kristopher Estes-Brown Costuming Director Jennifer Tierney with Deborah Green, Carol Brookover, and Kate Erlinger Artistic Directors Jennifer Tierney and Kristopher Estes-Brown Company Manager and Rehearsal Director Laura Jones Wallner * Denotes 2pm Saturday, May 12 and 2pm Sunday, May 13 performances ** Denotes 7pm Saturday, May 12 performance
Alice Julia Walewicz*, Juliana Kuhn** White Rabbit Julia Harshbarger*, Annie Cook** Sister Ann Nelson*, Maureen Borberg** Little Alice Emily Allen Dinah Rebeca Flores*, Annika Jones** Mock Turtle Nadine 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** Cavalier Trey 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** Hammers Owen Chambers*, Mason Cook*, Max lsaac**, Zeleon Sea** Pencils Elise Johnson*, Abbey Crews**, Gavin Hoedl Mome Raths Sophia 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
Mad Hatter Joshua Velasquez Queen of Hearts Maureen Borberg*, Abbey Crews** March Hare Ella Hiebert Dormouse Madalyn Hesterlee King of Hearts Asher Wilson Tweedles Audrey Merckling**, Alexis Applegate, Miriam Rogers*, Ximena Flores* Queen of Spades Alexis Applegate*, Miriam Rogers** Executioner Anne Chen*, Erica Domen** Knave of Hearts Trey Johnson Flamingo Daphne Johnson*, Halle Jaeger** Diamonds Malerie Moore*, Hannah Baillie**, Annie Cook*, Julia Harshbarger**, Elise Johnson*, Ximena Flores** Spades Ann Nelson, Elyse Jackson, Hannah Chong Cards Caroline Taliaferro, Ellie Johnson, Vivian Hsiao, Vera Soanlan, Annika Jones, Ella Huggins, Elsa Pineda, Madeline Hesterlee, Nadine Peck, Olivia Ayres, Avani Lakkireddy, Rebeca Flores Hedgehogs Christine McCubbins, Lexi Arp, Lily Leach, Tara Cook Red Paint Hazel 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
Cheshire Cat, Duchess, Alice (2pm) (Hannah Baillie, Jennifer Tierney, Julia Walewicz)
Cheshire Cat (Hannah Baillie) and Alice (Julia Walewicz) (2pm)
Juliana Kuhn and Trey Johnson (Alice and Knave of Hearts, 7pm)
Mad Hatter (Joshua Velasquez)
Studio Rehearsal Pictures Saturday May 5
Dance of the lobsters
Rehearsal, taking notes and life in the studio
A break in rehearsal (Malerie Moore)
A few last notes after Saturday afternoon's runs
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)
Checking videos wtih Miss Jennifer
And a puppy (nope, not a cast member, just hopeful) in the entrance of American Dance Center
Studio Rehearsal Pictures - April
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