Ten Countryside alumni and students are featured in Champaign-Urbana Ballet's The Nutcracker at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in December. Alumna Taylor (now a high school senior) dances the role of the Sugarplum Fairy, Mrs. Stahlbaum, and the Spanish variation among other roles. Alumnus Ben (now a freshman at University of Illinois) is featured as the Arabian Prince and performs as a Rat and Party Father.
Alumna Katherine (now a high school freshman) dances the Russian variation and Cavalry in addition to several corps de ballet roles. Current sixth grader Eve is featured in Ribbon Candy and as one of Clara's Friends. Fifth graders Clara, Emma and Sierra are soldiers. In addition, Clara dances Ribbon Candy and Emma is in the Chinese Dragon. Alumnus John is featured in Ribbon Candy and as one of Fritz's Friends among other roles. Second grader Renee is a Mouse, and first grader DJ is one of Fritz's Friends and a Polichinelle. Congratulations to all our performers!
Photo credit: Darrell Hoemann