Sugar Plum Fairies, Snowflakes, the Mouse King and, of course, Clara will spring to life when the Ave Maria Academy of Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Nov. 17 at NOVA Community College in Sterling.
Ave Maria Artistic Director Maria-Monica Koo will combine her world-renowned talents with Tchaikovsky’s classic score to help ring in the holiday season.
Lead roles in Act I include Adie Denenberg as Clara, Blythe Kara as Fritz and the doll, Nikki Jack as the Nutcracker and Karen Gill as the Mouse King.
In Act II, Catherine Fortune is the Princess of the Kingdom of Sweets, Hannah Scarlatoiu is the Sugar Plum Fairy, Blythe Kara is the Cupid Fairy and Amr Farouk is the Prince of the Kingdom of Sweets.
Farouk is a guest dancer and one of the adults in the cast. He is a native of Giza, Egypt and has performed around the world.
Denenberg, a 14-year-old student at Briar Woods High School, said landing the role as Clara is a dream come true.
“The Nutcracker is very special to me and is one of my favorite ballets because I love the acting on stage,” Denenberg said. “It is very special to me to perform Clara. I can really connect to her on stage.”
Denenberg said her long-term goal is to become a professional dancer.
“I started taking general dance classes when I was 3,” she said. “When I was 12, I knew I wanted to do ballet for the rest of my life. Ever since I saw ‘The Nutcracker’ for the first time, I knew I wanted to play Clara. When I see ballets like ‘The Nutcracker,’ I feel a passion inside. It warms my heart.”
Fortune, 15 and home-schooled, lives in Belmont Green.
“I’ve always wanted to do Princess role, but in the Nutcracker audition, I didn’t think I did very well,” she said. Fortune said she was pleasantly surprised when saw the cast list and that she would be dancing the part of the Princess of the Kingdom of Sweets.
The performance is scheduled at 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 in NOVA’s Wadell Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit avemariaballet.org.