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Lake Placid Center for the Arts Presents the 30th Annual Nutcracker Ballet


Last updated 1/7/2016 at 12:56pm


Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) presents the 30th annual performance of the North Country Ballet Ensemble's Nutcracker. The performance will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at

In its 30th anniversary season, the North Country Ballet Ensemble's Nutcracker will entertain audiences with new choreography and sparkling new costumes. Choreographer Terpsie Toon is hard at work adapting the battle between the mice and soldiers into an even more charming and exciting dream for the ballet's heroine, Clare. New York City Costume Designer Anna-Alisa Belous, has created new Snow Variation costumes that evoke a starry night of swirling snow.

Alice Schonbek, in her fourth season as Artistic Director, has commissioned significant makeovers of key aspects of the Nutcracker. Affiliate choreographer, Rebecca Kelly of New York City, continues her 17-year relationship with the NCBE. In addition to Rebecca Kelly, the NCBE artistic staff includes Michela Boschetto of New York City who is in her 8th year with the NCBE, Terpsie Toon, 6 year resident choreographer, and Natalia Balina-Zborowska. Also noteworthy this year is the unprecedented extent of community participation and support, with a cast of 65 local student dancers and 15 community members to entertain audiences.

Outstanding New York City professional dancers will be joining them for the 30th anniversary season. Therese Wendler, principal dancer with Rebecca Kelly Ballet and Dances Patrelle. Therese, a former principal dancer with Connecticut Ballet, will dance the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. Mikhail Ilyin, will perform in the role of Cavalier. Ilyin, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, received his training at the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy before moving to the United States in 1999. Mikhail has danced as soloist and principal dancer with Boston Ballet, Miami City ballet and American Ballet Theater.

Lilly Glazier of Malone will dance the role of Claire, while newcomer Harrison Matthews from Jay will perform as Fritz. We welcome back the charismatic and ever entertaining Jason Borrie as Uncle Drosselmeyer, as well as Karen Courtland Kelly as the Nutcracker. The NCBE graduates two seniors this season, Sarah Edwards and Deryn Makowski. Edwards will dance the role of King Mouse in the Battle Scene, ensemble member in the Snow Scene, corps member in the Arabian Variation, and as the Dew Drop in Waltz of the Flowers. Fellow senior Makowski will perform as Claire's Angel, and Act 2 Angel Soloist, as a member of the Snow Scene ensemble, in the Arabian Variation, and as an corps member in Waltz of the Flowers.

Erika Guay, of the SUNY Plattsburgh Theater Department, will provide the lighting design. Look for new lighting special effects in the Snow Scene. Once again, the show's visual appeal will also be enhanced by a variety of new set features, designed and produced by a number of dedicated community members.

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About the LPCA


Nestled in an Olympic village, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round treasure to residents and visitors of the Adirondacks and is the premier art and cultural hub of the region. Orchestrating quality programming, performances, rotating art exhibitions, and education experiences to residences and visitors alike, the LPCA provides an ensemble of offerings in music, theatre and dance, and supports local, regional and national artists in its Fine arts Gallery. At the heart of this hub is hands-on learning experiences for children exploring their creativity and adults finding new passions. As a leading organization, the LPCA collaborates with other Adirondack non-profit partners to build, support and cultivate the arts community. Inspiring excellence in the arts for generations, the LPCA continues to thrive today at its unique and captivating Lake Placid campus.


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