Ballet Arts Partners with Adelphi Orchestra for "The Nutcracker"
This year, Ballet Arts’ annual performance of “The Nutcracker” comes with an early holiday gift – live orchestral music. Ballet Arts, a premiere dance school serving the New York and New Jersey area, is partnering with Adelphi Orchestra for its first-ever ballet with concert musicians.
It is northern New Jersey’s longest continuously performing group. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Ballet Arts and River Dell High School. Dancing to live music, rather than a recording, is an educational experience for everyone, not just the dancers, but also the student musicians who will be playing,” says Sylvia Rubin, president of Adelphi Orchestra. Scott Jackson Wiley, who has nearly 30 years of experience, will be conducting the 38 musicians in the ensemble. River Dell High School students trained in the areas of lights, sound, and crew will help stage the production. A beloved holiday ballet, The Nutcracker, tells the magical tale of a young girl named Clara whose nutcracker doll turns into a prince on Christmas Eve to battle against a fierce Mouse Queen. As a reward for their bravery, the prince invites Clara and her brother Franz to the Kingdom of Sweets where they are treated to dancing delights. Elijah Geolina will play the role of the Prince. Currently, Elijah is training at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in the pre-professional program under the direction of Acting Artistic Director Stella Abrera. Elijah has been dancing since he was 8 years old and has been on television shows, including So You Think You Can Dance and Little Big Shots. Anna Sears, a River Dell High School senior, will be dancing the role of Snow Queen and Coffee, while Naomi Roth, also of River Dell High School, will be dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Saturday evening’s performance will premiere Trixie Iurato of New City, NY as Clara, and Stella Hwang of Oradell, NJ as Franz.
Margaret Hahn and Sabrina Klein, both of Oradell, will be playing Clara and Franz, respectively, at the Sunday performance. Amy Brandt, a faculty member at Ballet Arts who danced professionally with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet and is currently editor in chief of “Pointe” magazine, will be among the many adults dancing in the party scene. All performers wear beautiful handmade costumes, sewn, maintained, and altered by Gisele Ferrari-Wong of Westwood, Lynn Mitchell of Ridgefield Park, and dedicated parent volunteers and adult students. Don’t miss this opportunity to join Clara and Franz on their enchanted journey and experience first-hand the innovative partnership between Ballet Arts and Adelphi Orchestra. The Nutcracker runs Saturday, December 10, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 pm at River Dell High School, 55 Pyle Street, Oradell, NJ. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.BalletArtsNJ.com. For more informatio,n call 201-970-7690.