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November 22, 2016 • Page 10 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Dakota Dance Association Presents Tchaikovsky Classic At YHS Theatre Nov. 25-27 KELLY HERTZ/P&D The Dakota Dance Association (DDA) of Yankton presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Yankton High School (YHS) theatre Nov. 25-27. There will be four performances of this classic holiday production which DDA brings to the Yankton stage every other year. The part of Clara will be played by two dancers during the four performances: Liliana Dannebring (left) and Samanth Kanaly. Dancing the part of the Nutcracker Prince is Chris Kinsley. BY REILLY BIEL reilly.biel@yankton.net Does that holiday music sound familiar? That’s because you’ve heard it before, most likely from a movie, TV show or maybe even a commercial. If you want to hear that music from its original source, you get your chance next weekend. From Nov. 25-27, the Dakota Dance Association (DDA) of Yankton will present Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Yankton High School (YHS) theatre. Friday’s performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Performed every other year, “The Nutcracker Ballet” tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker as a gift during a Christmas party. That, along with other items from the party, inspires Clara to have a fantastical dream with the nutcracker coming to life and engaging in battle with a mouse king. “It’s a little different from what I normally work with in terms of high school plays and the Dakota Theatre,” director Linda Haar said. “The main emphasis on this script is the dance, but we’re still telling the story more through movement than dialogue.” Performers in the ballet range from first graders to professional adult dancers. Some roles, like the lead character Clara, will be portrayed by more than once actor. This element stays the same in every version of the ballet DDA puts on, Haar said. “Some things, like the costumes and characters, are updated or upgraded,” she said. Christmas fairies, for example, were added to the previous performance of the ballet in 2014. Participating Businesses Are… Brunick Choreographer Dorota Dannenbring, who has worked on every Nutcracker performance in Yankton since 1996, still finds the ballet endlessly charming. “I love every part of this production,” she said. “There’s so much in every scene. Everything feels new and fresh.” Dannenbring, who has been working with the dancers since early September, finds ways to incorporate each person’s specific skill into the show. “I always create choreography according to the dancers’ abilities to highlight their gifts,” she said. “If a dancer is strong at jumps, she will be doing a lot of jumping, or if she’s better at slower movement, she will move slowly and beautifully.” “All the lead dancers are exquisite,” Haar added. “I’m in awe of their control, expression and commitment to the task. It’s really remarkable.” Working on this ballet multiple times has made production a breeze for Dannenbring and for Haar, who is directing this ballet for the third time. “I don’t feel like we have any challenges,” Dannenbring said. “Linda and I get along, we are organized and everything is coordinated. It’s just fun.” Their biggest challenge, Dannenbring said, would be seeing if the winter weather, sudden illnesses or technical difficulties potentially damper the performances. One asset both Haar and Dannenbring are grateful for is the use of the YHS theatre. The ballet had previously been performed at the Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium before the YHS theatre was built two decades ago. Moving the ballet to the larger theatre enabled the creation of more characters and costumes for the ballet production. This year’s production has more than 160 performers. “We have a big-city production in the small town of Yankton,” Dannenbring said. “It’s exciting, athletic, beautiful and amazing.” “We hope that people don’t take it for granted,” Haar added. “We’d rather they look at it as a wonderful opportunity to kick off their holiday season.” Tickets can be purchased at the Yankton Mall next to the JC Penney entrance and the Hy-Vee entrance. Cast List: • Clara — Samantha Kanaly and Liliana Dannenbring • Sugar Plum Fairy — Elle Hitunen • Nutcracker Prince — Chris Kinsley • Snow Queen — Elisabeth Rettig • Snow Crystal — Abigail Cuka • Lead Angel — Tia Vlasman • Snow Flower — Samantha Kanaly and Liliana Dannenbring • Ballerina Doll — Shanna Hill • Winter Fairy — Paige Hoesing • Mystery Doll — Kyra Liebig • Mouse King — Leah Waid • Shepherdess Lead — Megan Highland • Clown Doll — Maren Buffington • Arabian Lead — Kolbi Kennedy • Spanish Lead — Sophie Kouri • Chinese Lead — Catherine Perakslis • Russian Lead — Cheree Becvar • Dew Drop — Leah Waid • Arabian Men — Luke Lammers and Blake Cwach • Stepmother Maid — Cheree Becvar • Cinderella Maid — Olivia Liebig • Stepsister Maids — Grace Liebig and Bergen O’Brien • Butler — Quinn Fargo • Party Scene/Teen Girls — Brenna Becker, Brynlyn Hamberger, Holly Medeck and Payton Steffensen • Party Scene/Teen Boys – Blake Cwach, Josh Galvan-Hofer, Dylan Kortan, Luke Lammers and Blake Wieseler • Party Scene/Young Girls — Ava Brandt, Julie Buechler, Jayci Ellis and Frannie Kouri • Party Scene/Young Boys/ Fritz — Lance Dannenbring, Gage Becker, Alexander Cuka and Will Pavlish • Judge Stahlbaum and Wife — Jerold and Stacy Ryken • Adult Party Guests — Lloyd and Carolyn Becker, Brian and Pam Hamberger and Joe and Val Merkwan • Mice — Kyndle Kennedy, Claire Koenigs, Isabella Koerner, Aubrie Lloyd, Noelle Nockels, Madeline Payer, Willa Reimler, Katie Schulte, Rebekah SharplesSchmidt, Briley Steffensen and Isabella Sutera • Soldiers — Connor Briest, Cayden Ellis, Braydon Faulk, Ava Gilbertson, Benjamin Merkwan, Cole Nelson, Ella Nelson, Magdalen Poeschl, Rockford Rettig, Andrew Sharples-Schmidt, Duncan Sharples-Schmidt, Claire Tereshinski and Liam Villanueva • Russian Greeters — Mia Crandall, Tierney Faulk, Elle Guthmiller, Emma Hamberger, Cora Johnson, Jenna Lammers, Elsie Larson, Sophia Reardon, Victoria Rettig and Sydnee Serck • Ice Fairies — Accalia Nelson and Robyn Schramm • 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Sutera • Garland Candy — Alivia Arens, Tierney Faulk, Cora Johnson, Jenna Lammers, Elsie Larson, Vada Novak, Makayla Palecek, Sophia Reardon and Sydnee Serck • Candy Canes — Hannah Crisman, Kara Koerner and Rosina Phillips • Dream Fairies — Kylie Briest, Sarah Brinkerhoff, Kelsey Faulk, Rose LeFebvere, Thea Luken, Holly Medeck, Emily Wieseler and Natalie Woerner • Christmas Fairies — Kylee Ellis, Mercedes Rettig, Maya Villanueva and Delaney Youmans • Spanish Hot Chocolate — Brenna Becker, Shanna Hill, Cheree Becvar, Maren Buffington, Abigail Cuka, Samantha Kanaly, Kolbi Kennedy, Kyra Liebig, Accalia Nelson, Robyn Schramm, Elisabeth Rettig and Leah Waid • Dream Courtiers — Christian Rettig and Jacob Rettig • Shepherdess — Brooke Anderson, Maddison Barnhart, Ashley Langdon, Grace Liebig, Abigail Newman, Bergen O’Brien, Lainey Renken and Tia Vlasman • Sheep — Madeline Abbott, Bailey Anderson, Hope Anderson, Aracelli Aune, Brooke Caton, Kaylin Crisman, Bethany Huff, Laura Hunhoff, Addison Puthoff, Paige Reese, Emma Rettig and Mileigh Sutera • Black Sheep — Ryan Lammers • Chinese Tea — Kelsey Faulk, Brynlyn Hamberge, Megan Highland, Paige Hoesing, Olivia Liebig, Holly Medeck, Catherine Perakslis and Tia Vlasman • Young Mother Ginger — Alivia Arens, Madelyn Eidsness, Julia Buechler, Ariel Bender, Jayci Ellis, Mya Gilbertson, Alexis Klimek and Makenzie Medeck • Older Mother Ginger — Brooke Anderson, Maddison Barnhart, Brynlyn Hamberger, Shae Hanson, Jazmin Hill, Ashley Langdon, Sara Strom and Briannika Sutera • Mother Ginger — Melanie Vlasman • Russian Peppermint — Brooke Anderson, Sarah Brinkerhoff, Grace Liebig, Thea Luken, Milena Nedved, Abigail Newman, Bergen O’Brien, Willow Reese, Lainey Renken, Hannah Rettig and Lauren Tereshinski • Waltz Of Flowers — Cheree Becvar, Abigail Cuka, Liliana Dannenbring, Megan Highland, Paige Hoesing, Samantha Kanaly, Kolbi Kennedy, Olivia Liebig, Catherine Perakslis, Elisabeth Rettig, Payton Steffensen and Tia Vlasman Follow @ReillyBiel 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