Culture Vulture: The Nutcracker Ballet Returns To Hanover Theatre
Friday, November 15, 2013
The holiday ballet everyone loves has become a family tradition in a whole new way in the Calandra household. Thirteen year old Isabella Calandra of Grafton was cast as the lead role of Clara. Isabella debuted in Ballet Arts Worcester’s production of The Nutcracker playing a mouse when she was seven years old. Her sister Sophia was cast as Clara in the production two years ago and this year will dance supporting roles. The girls’ youngest sister, 11 year old Arianna, will be performing minor roles as well.
Ballet Arts Worcester owner Jennifer Agbay says the sisters were cast in the same role for very different reasons. “We cast Isabella as Clara this year because she has a juvenile quality that this role needs. She can create this young persona yet be very strong technically. We cast Sophia as Clara two years ago because she was very technically advanced. She ended up really growing artistically through the show and we saw huge development from dancer to artist.”
One hundred and twenty five local ballet students auditioned for the show this year, which according to Agbay, made competition fierce. “I cast the parts with two other teachers,” says Abgay. “These roles are precise and require high level technique, artistry and acting. The role of Clara is particularly challenging to cast because we have to find a girl who can manage this demanding role with the appearance and movement of a child.”
Ballet Arts Worcester will present The Nutcracker at The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts, November 29 through December 1st. Set to Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score, The Nutcracker tells the timeless story of Clara, a young girl who receives a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas gift. That night she dreams that her nutcracker comes to life and, together, they battle the wicked Mouse King. As he and Clara defeat the ferocious king, her nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince and takes Clara on a great adventure to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Kingdom of Sweets.
Audiences can enjoy this limited-engagement performance at The Hanover Theatre November 29-December 1. Tickets are $24, $30, and $36*. A $3 discount is available for members of The Hanover Theatre, groups of 15 or more, corporate partners, kids, students and WOO Card holders. A $1 discount is available for Price Chopper Advantage card holders. Tickets are available online at TheHanoverTheatre.org, by phone at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or at The Hanover Theatre box office located at 2 Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester. The Nutcracker is sponsored by Commerce Bank and Price Chopper.
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Piehler has been the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Central and Western Massachusetts since 1993, overseeing a regional area of 1.7 million people in over 200 cities and towns in Central and Western Massachusetts, and a staff of 30 and 400 volunteers.
Prior to working at the American Red Cross, Piehler was the Director of Parks and Recreation for the city or Worcester. Piehler received her bachelor’s degree in park administration from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from Clark University with a concentration in non-profit management.
Waterman is currently the CEO of Girls, Inc, the non-profit organization meant to help girls navigate through the challenges of growing up female and to gain the skills and confidence to achieve their dreams. Waterman had previously been President of Leading Women Massachusetts, an organization that provides leadership development solutions for women in organizations.
Waterman, who has 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry in the marketing sector, received her bachelors of science in marketing from Bryant in 1985. Waterman's awards include the Stevie Awards Honoree for Women in Business in 2010 and the excellence in Board Leadership in 2012.
Penta is the Founder and CEO of Penta Communications, the regional integrated marketing, advertising, web, interactive media, and public relations firm.
Penta has helped senior level management teams develop shape strategic and effective marketing, advertising and public relations programs, and has served on the Board of Directors at Worcester County Food Bank, the Board of Directors at Worcester Regional Research Bureau, and the Board of Directors at Worcester Community Action Counsel. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and her executive education from Harvard University.
Sen has been the President and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club for over 4 years, having previously over 20 years of experience with BJ’s, including having roles as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Merchandising and logistics,Vice President of Logistics, and Senior Vice President of General Merchandise.
Prior to working at BJ’s, Sen has nearly 30 years of experience in mass retail, working with Zayre Corporation and Jordan Marsh Company. Sen has served on the board of Saint Coletta and Cardinal Cushing Schools of Massachusetts and has provided support to non-profit organizations including the Women's Inn at Pine Street, the Neely House and the Cardinal Cushing Centers Springtime Event.
Sen received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
Stone founded Precision Engineering with her husband Peter in 1988. Located in Uxbridge, Precision Engineering focuses on custom metal sheet fabrication.
The company has grown to include 40,000 square feet of manufacturing, assembly and warehousing space, encompassing two physical plants within Quaker Industrial Park.
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Engelkemeyer was appointed the 7th President of Nichols College on August 1, 2011 and was officially installed on October 21, 2011, where she now oversees a student body of 1,500 students.
Prior to working at Nichols College, Engelkemeyer worked for Babson College, Ithica College, and the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Engelkemeyer received her Bachelors degree from Stephens college, her Ph.D in Industrial Management from Clemson University, and her M.B.A from East Carolina University. She serves as a peer review team leader for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and served on the board of directors for GOAL/QPC for 20 years.
Rooney, the 13th President of Dean College, as according to the school's website has overseen enrollment that has "more than doubled and overall retention has increased substantially, while new baccalaureate partnerships and programs have been launched to complement the college’s established associate degree programs.
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