STAPLETON BALLET PRESENTS
Save the Date: April 2, 2016 Marin Veteransâ€™ Memorial Auditorium | 1pm & 5pm
Welcome to the 27th Annual Nutcracker Holiday Greetings! The 2015/2016 school year is lined up with many wonderful and ambitious projects. The season starts off with our joyous production of “The Nutcracker.” To add more challenges for our dancers, Vassilii Mountian was recruited to choreograph a new Russian variation and Shelley Scott to create a new Reed Flute variation, which is enhanced by the beautiful new costumes created by Karen Barar. Nick Cann, our set designer, has added the final set enhancement which you will see in the Waltz of the Flowers. Our theatre company will be performing our sixth annual production of the musical, “A Christmas Carol” December 17th to 20th. The spring show will be the very popular “Fiddler on the Roof ”, presented May 6th to 17th at the Playhouse. The crown jewel of our year will be “Swan Lake”. This full length production will be presented in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, April 2. Guest artists and our one- hundred thirty youth company dancers will collaborate to make a rich and memorable production of this quintessential classical ballet. The Board of Directors and I, along with professional guidance and assistance from JLL, continue our search for a facility that will provide the much needed space to train our students. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Virginia Stapleton
Happy Holidays! The energetic, talented dancers in our cast are just one component of the show you are about to enjoy. A multitude of people have been working behind the scenes, some for months, to bring the Nutcracker to life! The teamwork among dancers, parents, faculty, creative personnel and the professional stage crew of IATSE Local #16 is a testament to the tight knit and supportive Stapleton School community. Special thanks to those taking on leadership roles as committee chair people-this year we have seventeen committees supporting our production needs, and each committee is led by a chairperson or team of chairpeople. I’d like to personally extend my appreciation and thanks to each of them for making time in their busy lives to take on such an important job. We are very grateful for our dedicated, hardworking Board of Directors. Bravo to all our parent volunteers, whose work is crucial to the success of the production. Your good will and enthusiastic support sets a tremendous example for our youth. Special thanks to our “Karens”- the talented designer and seamstress, Karen Barar, and the costume team leader, Karen Dunn. Karen B. designed and created the beautiful new costumes in Act Two’s Reed Flutes, as well as the Party Scene and Angel costumes. Karen D. coordinates all the costume fittings and alterations and manages a team of twenty seamstresses. Best wishes for a magical holiday season, and happiness and good health in the New Year. Sharon Burns STAPLETON SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS David Hafner | Eva Holm | Erika McGrath | Eugene Phillips III | Robert Vallas
Congratulations on fourteen years of ballet and your last Nutcracker
We love YouOlivia
~ Mom Dad & Aidan
Stapleton Graduating Seniors Shannon Madsen
Thank you Stapleton for seven wonderful years of dancing. Dancing is sort of like mountain climbing. No, make that canoeing. Nothing is more adventurous than canoeing. No, I want to change that back to mountain climbing. The best part about dancing, and mountain climbing, is that the reward comes from your hard work. I can’t thank Charles, Jenny, and Virginia enough for always pushing me and helping me reach my goals or just being there for comfort. I also want to thank Sharon for being superhuman and all the staff for creating a great experience. I’ve made so many wonderful memories and friends at Stapleton. Y’all won’t be forgotten. Thank you, Stapleton. Keep climbing!
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STAPLETON BALLET presents
T h e Act One
Clara and Fritz are given a Christmas party to which Drosselmeyer, a magician, brings an assortment of amazing toys and dolls that can dance. He presents a Nutcracker to Clara, and she and her brother quarrel over it. Later it is thrown aside when they go to bed. Clara is thinking about her Nutcracker and can not sleep. She sneaks downstairs to the darkened living room and finds it leading a troop of toy soldiers in a battle against an army of mice. The toy soldiers win the battle and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince. The prince rewards Clara for her help by taking her to the Kingdom of the Sweets. On their way, they cross a country where they see snowflakes dancing together.
15 Minute Intermission
As Clara and the Prince reach the Kingdom of the Sweets, they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy who provides Spanish, Arabian, Chinese and Russian dances as entertainment. The Reed Flutes and Mother Ginger entertain them next, then the colorful Waltz of the Flowers. Finally, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a beautiful dance for them.
Saturday, December 5 • 1pm & Sunday, December 6 • 5pm Act One Maid: Street Kids: Ayana Golden
Scene Ashley Brown
Mrs. Stahlbaum: Mr. Stahlbaum:
PA R T Y
Julia Frankus Emory Hutchins Party Girls: Peddler Child: Raine Conte Sophia Borg Peddler: Alexa Polsky Ella Boscoe Drosselmeyer: Hannah Slaught Chad Yarish Nephew: Juan Luis Ruiz Party Boys: Party Adults: Andrew Chaplin David Hafner Lili Fair Dana Cherry Brian Reed Moira Reagon Kristin Polsky Mark Gmelin Megan Cherry Gmelin Lexi Strack
Scene Nutcracker Prince:
Juan Luis Ruiz
Mouse Queen: Mouse King:
India Blaisdell Fiona Chamberlin
Callia Weisiger-Vallas Phoebe Weisiger-Vallas
Big Mice: Sarah Barsky Awa Badji Lieutenants: Lane Baker Chloe Samlihan Elsa Wahlstrom
Juliana Silverstein Miya Schilz Indah Herzenberg Ada Louderback Nadya Wachelka
Lisa Churton Robert Vallas Maddie Biegel Carys Horton Nadine Ruttiman Elise Thompson Blake Costello Emilia Puccinelli Lucia Bronzo-Munich Madison Swanson
Soldier Doll: Skye Forsman Ballerina Doll: Emma Barsky Jesters:
Mia Carrillo Paige Phillips
BAT T L E
Little Mice: Bella D’Aprile Annie Ehm Tess Forte Millie Oelman Gemma Seedall
Maeve Tran Clara Wright Madeline Ahern Jocelyn Feickert Aubrey Marne
Soldiers: Ava Alsterlind Talia Bartolomi Keelee Fielding Tallulah Leopard Emma McFerron Maddie Oelman Violet Porter
Luciana Rizzo Georgia Silva Malia Slaught Ella Smith Ella Snyder Mira Sridharan Meg Stevenson
Camille Miloslavic Maricela Mooney Abigail Morehouse Sydney Tunney Natalie Wyatt
Act One cont...
Snow Trio: Caitlin Fitzpatrick Caleigh Stephens Hannah Dunn
Big Snow: Helene Churton Alabama Jepson Olivia Ng Bay Whitney
Kayla Campbell Shannon Madsen Lauren Roberts Natassia Fulconis
Bay Whitney Olivia Ng Caitlyn Reed
Catania Ayala Mary Bello Lily Gaudin Emily Sweet
Ella Bosco Hannah Dunn Natassia Fulconis Lauren Roberts
Little Snow: Madeline Alsterlind Vivienne Chador Chase Foltz Madeleine Hart Chloe Levenson Caroline Lozaw Maggie Marne Brooke Phillips Sofia Ruliffson Emma Slaught Tara Sridharan Ingrid Wahlstrom
Intermission Act Two
LAND OF SWEETS
Magical Maidens: Teresa Gannon Kate Fair Aneese Nadaf Ruby Hafner Gisele Turchon Ava Podboy Rachel Wilson Nina Stypulkoski
Chinese Corps: Piper Bruner Katie Connors Natalie Lubinski Abby Murphy
Angels: Alessandra Chavez Hilve Foy Sydney Johnson Charlotte Papes Natalie Poncet Sara Rice Kate Vare Ella Schulze
Russian Lead: Russian Male: Russian Corps: Taylor Conti Emma Fuller Perri Russell
Spanish Lead: Olivia Ng Spanish Corps: Paige Phillips Miya Schilz Callia Weisiger-Vallas PhoebeWeisiger-Vallas Arabian Solo: Caitlyn Reed Arabian Male: Ethan Teng Silk Merchants: Olivia Genovese Katherine Gutierrez Abby Hjelmstad Kate Reagon Chinese Lion: Lion Legs: Lion Tamer:
Julia Shippey Mia Slippy Mia Strassman Jocelyn Wilhelmsen Caitlin Fitzpatrick Lucas Pitts Jasmine Hughes Agatha Vance
Helene Churton Reed Solo: Demi Reeds: Edie Paczkowski Kate Carlson Gabriela Reina Juliana Silverstein Reed Corps: Mia Caviness Cally Hafner Samantha Parr Kasey Hernandez Sophie Pillitteri Ciara Tran Mother Ginger: Chris Thoennes
Buffoons: Miles Oâ€™Crowley Lexi Donovan Andrew Chaplin Sofia Krefting Alana Reiss Sun 5:00 Marlena Krnic Ben Strassman Sat 1:00 Maddie Polsky Maddie Rand
Hannah Dunn Rose Queen: Rose Demis: Cassidy Bruner Alabama Jepson Tiger Lilies: Emily Lord Catania Ayala Georgia Little Kaitlin McGrath
Emma Barsky India Blaisdell Taylor Conti Nastassia Fulconis
Buds: Lili Fair Eva Judd Francesca Wada Ava Hafner
Grace Miller Sophia Postel Peyton Price Brianna Thomsett
Primroses: Kate Fair Skye Forsman Sophia Calegari Hannah Morgan
Annali Jacobs Nicole Johnson Katherine Lam Fiona Chamberlin
Sugar Plum Fairy:
Serafina Kirk Tallulah Knill-Allen Cate McKown Chloe Oâ€™Loughlin Chelsea Wood-Bernadino
Saturday, December 5 • 5pm & Sunday, December 6 • 1pm Act One Scene
PA R T Y
Maid: Street Kids: Lexi Strack Peddler Child: Peddler Woman: Drosselmeyer: Nephew: Party Adults: Dana Cherry Kirsten Polsky David Churton
Ashley Brown Emilia Puccinelli Madison Swanson Nadine Ruttiman Ella Boscoe Chad Yarish Juan Luis Ruiz
Mrs. Stahlbaum: Mr. Stahlbaum: Clara: Fritz: Party Girls: Sophia Borg Amanda Hunt Zoe Hinks
Lisa Churton Robert Vallas Kaitlin McGrath Blake Costello
Party Boys: Andrew Chaplin Ayana Golden Grace O’Connell Athena Raskin Soldier Doll: Ballerina Doll: Jesters: Alex Henzl
Megan Cherry Gmelin Mark Gmelin Dan Dunn
Hannah Momsen Elizabeth Houser Kelsey Riemer Emma Tingey Julia Frankus Emory Hutchins Miles O’Crowley Maggie Schostak Mika Bieber Emily Sweet Edie Paczkowski
BAT T L E
Juan Luiz Ruiz
Kayla Campbell Sat 5:00 Lauren Roberts Sun 1:00
Queen’s Attendants: Sonya Adler Skye Forsman Big Mice: Fiona Chamberlin Awa Badji Kendall Cormier Olivia Genovese Little Mice: Alexandra Berry Natalie Hang Keira McCarthy Emi Mihara Caelan O’Neil Carina Ridella Abigail Sims Ellie Washing Soldiers: Deniz Black Ciara Cogan Eleanor Damiani Riley Ericksen June Greeley Alyssa Hunt Zoe White
Zoe Chiaramonte Keira Eisenbud Lena Marcucci Caroline McMillan Piper Morrell Harper O’Connell Cecilia Roberton Josli Sommer Miranda Wood Lieutenants: Bella de Iongh Sophie Ikeda Miah Dungca Casey Lang Bryce Keene Ella Schaefer Ayanna Schultz Jamie Schmidt Jessamyn da Cunha Sophie Strassman Luke DiPerna-Pavlich Aashna Selvaraj Maisey Hottenstein
Snow Trio: Helene Churton Mary Bello Lauren Roberts
Big Snow: Caitlyn Reed Elise Minami Sonya Adler Cassidy Bruner
Delilah Mittermaier Caleigh Stephens India Blaisdell Alana Reiss
Caitlin Fitzpatrick Caleigh Stephens Hannah Dunn
Emma Barsky Alabama Jepson Shannon Madsen Olivia Ng
Helene Churton Kayla Campbell Nastassia Fulconis Bay Whitney
Little Snow: Francesca Bruschi Layne Colombo Makaela Cullinan Liana Franco Lindsey Jones Maya Mihara Carley Meyer Isabella Proietti Molly Raynor Claire Ridella Angela Sambrano Ingrid Wahlstrom
Intermission 15 Minute Intermission Please Visit our Nutcracker
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Nutcrackers • Ornaments • Fresh Flowers Refreshments and Raffle Tickets may be purchased in the Foyer Costumed Performers in the Foyer during afternoon Shows
LAND OF SWEETS
Magical Maidens: Mia Colletto Cadence Ayoubpour Emma Marti Ava Podboy Olivia Raynor Julia Shippey Nina Stypulkoski Emily Sigel
Chinese Corps: Katie Connors Natalie Lubinski Abby Murphy Gisele Turchon
Carley Lehman Mia Slippy Mia Strassman Nineveh Winton
Angels: Savia Churton Ella Erwig Freya Scott Ellie Trainer
Russian Lead: Russian Male: Russian Corps: Taylor Conti Ella Boscoe
Delilah Mittermaier Lucas Pitts Nastassia Fulconis Gabriela Reina Annali Jacobs
Spanish Lead: Caleigh Stephens Spanish Corps: Sonya Adler Paige Phillips Kate Reagon Agatha Vance
Demi Reeds: Mika Bieber Perri Russell
Katherine Gutierrez Abby Hjelmstad
Arabian Solo: Mary Bello Arabian Male: Ethan Teng Silk Merchants: Sophia Calegari Nicole Johnson Katherine Lam Hannah Morgan
Reed Corps: Kate Chaplin Jamie Cole Gracie Kelly
Grace MacMillan Emily MacMillan Sophia Riemer
Chinese Lion: Lion Legs: Lion Tamer:
Buffoons: Gillian Beach Gianna Flores Owl Hinks Ruby Trainor Isabella Rendon
Hayden Goldberg Elise Larsson Abbey Lehman Sarah Williams-Govorchin
Miles O’Crowley Andrew Chaplin Emily Lord Sun 1:00 Ben Strassman Sat 5:00
Mother Ginger: Chris Thoennes
Rose Queen: Lily Gaudin Rose Demis: Catania Ayala Georgia Little Tiger Lilies: Lily Burgis Sonia Lachter Emma Fuller Alana Reiss
Cassidy Bruner Kate Carlson Jasmine Hughes Alabama Jepson
Buds: Sophia Acker Grace Diehl Kalyn Sommer Leyla Winton
Isabella Castellon Carmen Dettmer Emilie Erickson Emory Hutchins
Primroses: Awa Badji Mia Carrillo Ella Edwards Alex Henzl
Kendall Cormier Carlyn Cunningham Madeleine Lefkowitz Saoirse Staples
Sugar Plum Fairy: Elise Minami Cavalier:
Lisa Chien Paige Murphy Lauren Marshall Katelyn Morgan Caroline Orihuela
FIRE NOTICE: EXIT sign nearest your seat is the shortest route to street. In case of fire, please DO NOT RUN - WALK through the closest exit. Refreshments in foyer only. NO SMOKING, PHOTOS or STANDEES.
Production Credits Director & Choreographer:
Volunteer Coordinator: Sharon Burns
Associate Artistic Director:
Dressers: Kelli Limm & Jesse Stassman Makeup: Rebecca Houser & Tammy Parr
Reed Flute Choreography:
Ashley Paff & Denise Tran
Rehearsal Assistants: Ashley Brown Backstage Runner: Shelley Scott Catering Coordinator: Megan Cherry Gmelin Bella Qureshi Set Transport: Administrative Assistant: Jamie Arrambide Poster Art: Partnering Coach: Charles Torres Publicist: Scenic Designer: Nick Cann Marketing: Set Construction: David Prothero Photography: Dwarf Productions
Lighting Design: John Jacobs
Yolanda Ng & Susan Reed
Mother Ginger Costume Design: Nick Cann
Sharon Burns & Shana Bruner
Party, Angel & Reed Costumes: Karen Barar
Chloe Caviness & Carolyn Horton
All other Costume Design:
Erika McGrath & Inga Sweet
Costume Team Leader:
Tom Voigt Videography
Colleen Proppé & Sharon Burns
Masks: Myriam Pasternak Bette Trono
Bookkeeper: Hoop Skirt Designed by: Myriam Pasternak Music: PBA Engineering
Debby Carey Forsman Irene Romano & Dan Silverstein Nick Cann Cheryl Reiss Sharon Burns Lester Ng & Steven Caras
Sarah Greiner Tchaikovsky’s original score performed by San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
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History of Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker Virginia Stapleton created her first Nutcracker in 1989, when she first opened her school. Virginia refers to it as a “primitive version” of the ballet; and it was presented in the Drake High School Little Theatre. Much like the Stapleton School, the annual production of The Nutcracker has grown incredibly! From Drake’s Little Theatre the production moved to the College of Marin, where it was performed for two years. Back then, Virginia collaborated with David McNaughton to create her own version of the classic ballet. Her son R-T helped build sets, and her best friend Karen Barar sewed costumes. In 1997 and 1998, the show was presented at Angelico Hall, on the campus of Dominican University. In 1999, Virginia took the leap to the “big time”, moving the annual production to the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium. In 2000, she reworked all the original choreography, putting her own version together, and it has evolved with input from collaborators such as Vasillii Mountian, Charles Torres, and this year, Shelley Scott. The show is wholly Virginia Stapleton’s artistic vision: from the sets, to the costumes, to the props; Virginia has her eye on every last detail. The Stapleton Ballet’s Nutcracker distinguishes itself from many others in the Bay Area in several ways. First and foremost, it is an inclusive production. Any Stapleton dance student, age 6 or older, that wishes to perform, is cast in a role. This insures that all students may have the incredible experience of being part of a professional production. Through their participation, these students learn dedication, commitment, discipline and teamwork. Parents of performers serve on committees that support the production: they do jobs as varied as fitting and altering costumes to applying makeup and dressing and working backstage as stagehands. It is a true community effort. In addition, Virginia prides herself on creating a vibrant production, a Nutcracker that is exciting and engaging for children and adults of all ages. -Sharon Burns, Managing Director
Stapleton School Thanks Our Supporters Director’s Circle ($1000 & Up) Karen & Dan Dunn The Gaudin Family The Hafner Family
In honor of Alexandra Henzl
In Memory of Rose Varga Wilhelmi
Thomas & Amy Phillips Virginia & Hugh Stapleton-Smit Denise & Quoc Tran
Grand Tier ($500- $999) Emma Theen Larsson & Stefan Larsson The Minami Family The Lord Family The Paff Family Erika & Matt McGrath Steve & Kirsten Polsky
Kathleen & Norm Slaught The Stephens Family The Tran Family
Dress Circle ($250- $499) Walter Beach The Frankus Family Nathalie Bergeron & Jonathan Barsky Karen & Daniel Goldberg In Honor of Sarah & Emma Barsky Gregory Hjelmstad & Holly David Carson & Kim Bromley Strausbaugh Jennifer & Dave Cormier The Hunt Family Tracy & Tim Cunningham In Memory of Irene M. Hunt The Ericksen Family Josh & Deb McFerron Enid Albedi The Bruner Family Debby Carey Carroll/ Sanders Management Chiaramonte/Joos/Lutsky Family Perry Cole Terra & Mike Chamberlin In Honor of Fiona Chamberlin
Todd & Hilary Diehl Sharon Burns
In Honor of Erika Burns
Orchestra ($100- $249)
The Raskin Family Siggy & Denise Strack The Strassman Family Wilson’s Plumbing In Honor of Rachel Wilson
In Honor of Kate & Andrew
The Eisenbud Family Virginia Flores
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Skye Lynn Forsman Family
Dave & Tammy Parr
In Honor of Hayden Goldberg
In Honor of Skye Lynn Forsman Victoria Hinks In Memory of Fergus
Rebecca & Gage Houser Joel & Cielo Kirk Lisette & Greg Lehman
In Honor of Robert O’Neil & Julie Alden In Honor of Samantha Parr
In Honor of The Stapleton Directors & Staff The
Romanosteins Elise & Gil Sambrano
Balcony Circle ($10- $99)
Christi Chamberlain Jo Cipra
Louise & Evrett Snowden
Nutcracker Raffle Donors Farm Burger Pizzalina Scoma’s Sausalito Patxi’s Pizza Tomatina The Melting Pot Marinitas The Spinnaker Fradelizio’s in Fairfax
Good Earth Natural Foods Yet-Wah Classic Chinese Cuisine San Francisco Ballet Piatti Ristorante & Wine Bar Perry Cole Beverly Kelly L’Appart Resto Sherri Ericksen Peet’s Coffee & Tea
La Toscana Five Little Monkeys Smuin Ballet Brian Reed Parc 55 Hotel Smuin Ballet Marin County Department of Cultural & Visitor Services
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Guest Performers Sam Beard (Cavalier) was born in Austin, Texas and raised in Southwest Missouri. He began his training with the Springfield Ballet and attended the Kansas City Ballet. He later became a trainee with the Southland Ballet Academy and took part in performances with Festival Ballet Theater in Fountain Valley, California. He studied and graduated from the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts High School in California. Sam is currently a junior at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California. Ashley Brown (The Maid) is now an official West Coaster. Ashley is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. She studied for 13 years at Ballet Florida’s Academy and danced with the Company as a trainee from 2007-2008. In 2008, Ashley moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a degree at the Alonzo King LINES BFA program at Dominican University. Ashley has danced professionally with Ben Stevenson, Alonzo King, Val Caniparoli, Gregory Dawson and Man Dance. Ashley is excited for her fourth season as The Maid and enjoys sharing her ever-growing knowledge of the dance world with her students at Stapleton School of the Performing Arts. Dana Cherry (Party Scene Parent) is thrilled to be back performing in her 6th Nutcracker with Stapleton. Dana works as a school counselor with the Petaluma School District, and is a children’s singing instructor with Singers Marin. A native to Marin, where she has been performing since age 8, some of her favorite productions have included Pirates of Penzance with Ross Valley Players, Urinetown and Gypsy with Novato Theater Company, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls, and Wizard of Oz with the Mountain Play, and Seussical, A Christmas Carol and Oliver with Stapleton Theatre Company. Lisa Churton (Mrs. Stahlbaum) is thrilled to be doing her 4th Nutcracker with Stapleton Ballet. She spent her childhood dancing ballet, and performed many roles in The Nutcracker. Now as a parent to a Soldier and by performing in the Party Scene, she is excited to be part of The Nutcracker again.
David Churton (Party Scene Parent) is thrilled to be dancing his 4th Nutcracker with Stapleton Ballet, joining Helene for her 7th. Special thanks to the Stapleton team for its great work in our community and the joy The Nutcracker brings to so many families. Cheers and Happy Holidays to all! Dan Dunn (Party Scene Parent) has watched his daughters Abigail and Hannah perform in the Stapleton ballet for many years, and now, Dan is thrilled to be able to lace up his dancing shoes too. When not performing before rapturous audiences, Dan can be found teaching economics, coaching basketball, serving as a board member for non-profits, fly fishing, or providing sewing advice to his wife. Mark Gmelin (Party Scene Parent) is happy to return for his 7th Stapleton Nutcracker. He’s a materials engineer and enjoys dance parties at home with his toddler Myles, and special wife Ms. Megan. Megan Cherry Gmelin (Party Scene Parent) also known as Miss Megan, is thrilled to be performing in her 24th Stapleton Nutcracker. Megan danced as a buffoon in Virginia’s first Nutcracker production in 1988 at Drake High School Theatre. After missing four years of productions while obtaining a BA in dance, Megan returned to Stapleton in 2004 as a faculty member and has been performing as a party parent ever since. This year she has the pleasure of performing with her sister Dana and her husband Mark. David Hafner (Party Scene Parent) performed the role of Mother Ginger in Stapleton’s Nutcracker two years ago. Now, he has unsuccessfully auditioned for roles in Tootsie, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. In his theatrical “comeback,” Mr. Hafner is excited to share the stage with his daughter Cally, and looks forward to seeing Ruby and Ava perform. Mr. Hafner is a communications professional who serves on Stapleton School’s Board of Directors. Lucas Pitts (Russian Scene) was born and raised in Portland Oregon. He has studied ballet at Oregon Ballet Theatre and The Portland Ballet. Lucas is currently a freshman at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California.
Guest Performers Kirsten Polsky (Party Scene Parent) makes her Stapleton Nutcracker debut this year. She is happy to share the experience with her daughter Alexa, a party girl, and younger daughter Maddie, Buffoon. Kirsten was a student at The San Francisco Ballet during her childhood, and danced in the SF Nutcracker. Brian Reed (Party Scene Parent) danced the pas de trois at home for years with his ballerina daughters. Now, Brian is delighted to be in this year’s party scene, his 6th Nutcracker, with Caitlyn (Snow Trio, Snow corps de ballet & Spanish Lead). A San Francisco native and long-time San Anselmo resident, Brian enjoys family fun, technology consulting, cooking for friends, mountain biking, scuba diving, snowboarding, and studying guitar. Juan Luis Ruiz (Nephew/Nutcracker Prince) began his dance training three years ago at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (RASOTA) in San Francisco. After graduating from RASOTA, Juan joined the ODC Dance Jam troupe for a year and performed works from Bay Area choreographers under the guidance of K.T. Nelson and Kimi Okada. Juan is currently a sophomore at Alonzo King LINES BFA program at Dominican University, and is constantly studying the body’s ability to move though time and space. This is his first time performing in the Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker, and he aspires to become a professional dancer after he graduates from Dominican University. Ethan Teng (Arabian Soloist) grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Stanford University. He started dancing after college, first studying jazz and tap at Dance Arts Center with Berle Davis. He then went on to receive his ballet training at Oakland Ballet Academy with Ronn Guidi, and now at Academy of Ballet with Zory Karah. Ethan’s performed with a variety of ballet and theater companies, including Oakland Ballet, Broadway by the Bay, Lamplighters, and Ray of Light Theatre. He’s also on the board of Human Shakes, a contemporary dance company in San Francisco. He’s thrilled to be performing in his first Stapleton Nutcracker!
Chris Thoennes (Mother Ginger) got his start with the Stapleton Ballet by playing the Mouse King in early versions of The Nutcracker. In 1997, he turned in his whiskers for a hoop skirt and began performing the role of Mother Ginger. After a hiatus of several years, Chris returned last year and is thrilled to be wearing this fantabulous wig and dress! He is the proud father of two teenagers, Liam and Zoe. Rob Vallas (Mr. Stahlbaum) is excited to be back for his fourth Nutcracker. His two lovely daughters, Phoebe and Callia, are dancing together in their eighth Nutcracker as Spanish Corp and Mouse Queen Attendants. When he isn’t hanging out at Stapleton, Rob enjoys hiking, cycling, woodworking, and spending as much time as possible playing acoustic guitar. Chad Yarish (Drosselmeyer) is back for his 13th consecutive Nutcracker. Good lord. This past year, Chad was Owen Musser in The Foreigner with the Contra Costa Civic Theater (nominated for 7 TBA awards); Bruce in Beyond Therapy with Lucky Penny Productions (Napa): and himself in the workshop production of the latest play from the writers of The Reduced Shakespeare Company: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) - which was performed both for Shakespeare Napa Valley and the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Chad is a known pirate and does all his own beard stunts. Find out more online: chad-yarish.squarespace.com
Thank you to all the costume volunteers who put in extra time and effort to ready the costumes for this year’s show. Special thanks to Kristina Riemer, Daryl Henzl, and Dana Thelen for their help in creating the new Flower bodices.
Karen Dunn Costume Team Leader
Congratulations, Dancers! Isabella de Iongh
To our Prima Ballerina, Gabriela Reina We are very proud of you!!! Love, Nonni and Nonno
To my wonderful ballerina Gabriela! Congratulations on being a Russian and Demi Reed! I love watching you dance! Love You, Mom
Sweet Kate Enjoy your performances! We love watching you dance. All our love, Mama, Daddy and Henry
Meg We are so proud of you! Love, Mama, Daddy and Will
Our beautiful dancer! We are so proud of you and love watching you shine. We love you very much, Dad, Mom, Maddie, James, Grandpa and Indy
Congratulations on your first Nutcracker! We love you to pieces! Mom, Dad and Colin
Alexa & Maddie
We are so proud of you Ciara and Maeve! Love, Mom, Dad, Fiona & Granny!
Our Dearest Angel Sara
Congratulations to our beautiful party girl, Alexa Polsky and her sister Maddie, an adorable Buffoon. We love you so much, Mom and Dad!
Congrats on being Snow and Tiger Lily. If you combine the two you would have a delicious and refreshing smoothie.Love, Dad and Mom and Liza
We have watched you grow from Mouse to Soldier to Buffoon and now Angel. We are very proud of you.
Congratulations To Our Beautiful Bud, Sophia! We are so proud of all your hard work in your 3rd Nutcracker. We love you! Mommy, Daddy, Emily and John Paul
Your joyous dance upon the stage as party girl gets us all ready for the holiday season! We are so proud of you! Mom, Dad, Henry, Charlotte, Jolt, Abu and Pitu
To our beautiful little snowflake Liana
Congratulations Sofia Borg!
We are so proud of you! You dance with beauty and grace, and your smiling face will light up the stage. All of our love, Mommy, Daddy, and Evan
You are our shining Star. We love your bravery and spirit. Dance on... Love... Mom & Dad
Love, Mom, Dad and Olivia
You are a beautiful dancer and your passion for ballet is inspiring! Love Mom, Dad, Weston and the whole family
We love watching you dance with so much joy, at home & on stage! We hope that dancing delights you for years to come.Love, Daddy, Mommy, and Max
Congratulations, Dancers! Arabian/Primrose Hannah & Buffoon Katelyn
We are extremely proud of our 2 beautiful ballerinas! Congratulations on your 7th & 2nd Nutcrackers! We love you so much! XO, Mom, Dad & Ryder
We can’t wait to see you as Mouse Queen and Snow Trio. Your beauty and grace, inside and out, are an inspiration to us. We love you! Mom and Dad
Maiden Olivia and Little Snow Molly
We love to watch you dance! Congratulations! Mom, Dad, and Emery
I am so proud of you and I am excited to see you perform as a little mouse in your very first Nutcracker. Love, Daddy
Congrats on your 13th year of Nutcracker magic! We so enjoy watching you dance with such beauty and grace. Love Mom, Dad and Sydney
How proud and happy it makes us to see what a lovely ballet dancer you are. You become more graceful and accomplished each year. You are truly a very special angel! We love you, Nema and Grandpa
To Our Sweet India,
Your dancing always brings us so much joy. We can’t wait to see you dance as an angel this year! Enjoy every moment of the Nutcracker season! We love you & are so proud of you. Love, Mommy & Zoe
Stapleton has captivated your heart for over ten years, and you keep captivating us with your talent. What a treat to watch you grow and shine on stage! Oh the joy! Your papa, your maman, and your big sister.
We are so proud of you, Zoe!
Love, Mommy, Daddy and Matteo Opa and Oma
Samantha Congratulations on another beautiful performance! Love, Nana and Papa
We are so proud of our “Angel” Sarah
What a joy to see you performing with the Stapleton Ballet, “Nutcracker”! We are looking forward to seeing you grace the stage in many future productions! Love Mom & Dad
You danced into my heart the day you were born, and now you are dancing in your 2nd Nutcracker as a Little Mouse! Congratulations! I love you, Mom Mom
Our beautiful little snow, you are one of a kind. We love you more. Love, Mommy and Daddy
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WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! Mama and Papa
Our Dear Little Peanut, We love you so much and enjoy watching you Blossom into a beautiful young lady. Congratulations on your 6th Nutcracker! Love, Mom, Dad, Nick, Jack and Baki
We love watching you dance.
Have fun! Love, Mom, Dad, John & Abigail
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We are so proud of you both! Love, Mom and Dad
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Congratulations on your 8 Nutcracker Rachel. You continue to amaze us with your dancing. We love you very much. th
Love Mom, Dad, Christopher, Chloe and Indy
Our little mouse makes her debutâ€Ś Congratulations Clara!!!
Hayden Congratulations on your 3rd Nutcracker! We are so proud of you! Love, Dad, Mom, and Garrett
Congratulations Kendall What a dedicated, graceful, beautiful dancer you have become! Love Mom, Dad & Sarah
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Lots of Love, Mom, Dad, and Cooper Ballerinas Zoe and Owl We are all so proud of you and and excited that you are sharing your 3rd Nutcracker together!
Can’t wait to see our party girl and little buffoon in action this year!.
Lots of Love from Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, and you know Fergus will be watching you too. ❤ ❤
Good luck Ruby, our little buffoon. Jump high! We love you and are so proud of you! Love and kisses, Mommy, Daddy and Brian
To Sweet Nineveh and Sweet Leyla, Our elegant Chinese and our graceful Bud, you have both shown so much dedication, poise, and focus. We are so proud of each of you. Watching you dance is such a wonderful treat! With Love, Mommy, Daddy, and Elias
The Slaught sisters Emma, Malia and Hannah Last year: Buﬀoon, Mouse and Bud. This year: Little Snow, Soldier and Party Girl! We love watching you all dance and are so proud of you. Love, Mom, Dad & Dahway
There is a young dancer named Grace Who wears a new costume with lace It’s her seventh Nutcracker Watch the Reeds and you’ll track her Her moves will bring joy to your face.
Congratulations to our Little Mouse Madeline on your first Nutcracker! We love to watch you dance and twirl around! We are so proud of you and love you so much!
Love, Mommy, Gecka and Caitlin
Sophia Bella , It is truly a gift to watch you blossom into such a beautiful dancer and an amazing young lady. We love you so very much. Ti Amo Mom, Dad, Jack & Charlie
Maggie We are so proud of you! Love Mum, Dad, Sydney, Avery, Aubrey and Cleo
Congratulations to our bud, Kalyn Sommer, and little mouse, Josli Sommer. We are so proud of you!
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It is wonderful to watch your delightful dance. Congratulations on the dance of the Lion Tamer. with love and admiration……Mom
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The Stapleton Theatre Company Presents THE MUSICAL
Dec.17-20, 2015 Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat & Sun at 3:00
Drake High Little Theatre San Anselmo
Directed by Bruce Vieira Musical Direction by Judy Wiesen Choreography by Bella Qureshi Produced by Sharon Burns Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Tickets: stapletonschool.org or call 800-838-3006
Design by Mark Shepard Photo by Laura Nethercutt Presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International.