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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR Dear Friends: This year has presented challenges that have impacted our lives in so many ways. Some of which will reverberate for years to come. However, amid all the chaos, we were determined to keep dancing and continue offering our world-class programming to the community. After days of deliberation and many hours of carefully considering our best options, we decided that we could accomplish both goals safely. Todd Eric Allen NFB Artistic Director & CEO

First, to allow our dancers to perform, we developed a scaled down version of The Nutcracker and filmed it at our studio. The soundtrack was the live recorded music from our 2019 production of The Nutcracker, featuring NFB’s Symphony Orchestra led by our very own Music Director David Ott. While we only made the show available to our dancers and their families, we are so grateful for the support and resources that made the endeavor possible. However, our membership drive helped us achieve another milestone while providing the community access to archived productions. As a benefit of joining NFB during the campaign, members were given access to the 2019 production of The Nutcracker and 2018’s Peter Pan. Both feature the NFB Symphony Orchestra as well. This exclusive digital access through ShowTix4U.com provided streaming access to patrons, which we plan to incorporate as part of future productions when we are back in the theater. Again, we cannot thank everyone enough who stood by NFB while facing their own challenges due to the pandemic. We truly could not have done it without you. Our sincere hope is that you and your family remain safe and healthy in the months to come. We encourage you to stay tuned as we make plans to return to the stage soon! Cordially, Todd Eric Allen, Artistic Director/CEO

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ADMINISTRATION & STAFF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CEO Todd Eric Allen

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ADDITIONAL STAFF

Jeri Jo Fisher, Administrative Director Lindsey Kelley Brewer, Community School Asst. Director ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BALLET MISTRESS Gena Cole, Bookkeeper Shari Allen Dorothy Daniels Lister Sabrina McLaughlin, Marketing & PR Danielle Stallings, Office Assistant FOUNDER COMPANY TEACHERS & Bronwen Hernandez, Stage Manager Bernadette Clements Sims REHEARSAL ASSISTANTS Daun Chandler, Wardrobe Assistant Amanda Wiley Lindsey Kelley Brewer


BOARD OF DIRECTORS & PAST PRESIDENTS 2020-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PAST PRESIDENTS, cont.

Julia Sandwith Robert Saxer Todd Eric Allen Bernadette Sims Carter Caywood Lylee Dodson Kevin Greene Todd Jackson Jeff Landreth Andrew Rowe Jeff Prescott Jennifer Schaefer Chirag Shah Winter Spires Savannah Swindle Linda Watson

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Founded in 1969 by dance pioneer Bernadette Clements, Northwest Florida Ballet was originally called the Fort Walton Beach Ballet. The name was changed to the Northwest Florida Ballet in 1987 to better reflect its geographic service area. The organization’s mission is to provide premiere professional performances, provide an enhanced arts curriculum within the framework of a public school education, identify and develop dancers through exceptional training, and increase community engagement via outreach. In 1995, former NFB student Todd Eric Allen returned to the area with his wife, Shari Allen, after a distinguished career with Boston Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens to accept the position of Director of the Company. The Allen’s talent, leadership skills, and extensive performance experience have contributed greatly to the continued growth and success of the Company. In August 2001, the Northwest Florida Ballet and Sybil Smith Lebherz Center for Dance Education opened its doors in downtown Fort Walton Beach after a three-year fund raising campaign and a thirty-three year history of service to the residents of Northwest Florida. NFB offers world-class performances and training to the community, and reaches thousands of school children through public programs and student performances. In 2002 NFB opened its unique arts education program, the NFB Académie, offering superior academic education and ballet training to young students in grades 3-8 free of charge. For students grades 9-12 NFB created its Pre-Professional Program, an intensive course of study for young men and women who wish to pursue careers as professional dancers.


2020-2021 NFB ARTISTIC STAFF Todd Eric Allen, Artistic Director/CEO

Todd Eric Allen is the Artistic Director/CEO of the Northwest Florida Ballet. He grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and began his training in classical ballet at the age of 14 with Bernadette Clements. One year later he received a scholarship to attend the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, where he studied for five consecutive years; he attended Virginia Intermont College as a scholarship student and was awarded a Dance Magazine Scholarship in 1985 to the Choreographer’s Conference in Geneva, New York. Mr. Allen has danced with the Louisville Ballet, Boston Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and has performed as a guest artist and teacher throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has also had the honor of performing at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on two separate occasions, for Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. Allen has an extensive background in the classics and Balanchine ballets, and has performed featured roles in ballets by Elisa Monte, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, James Kudelka, Hans Van Manen and Lucinda Hughey. In May of 2000 Mr. Allen was one of fourteen dancers asked to perform in Ocean Dance 2000 featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project. In 2004 he was invited to perform with the Broadway cast in the Tony Award winning Musical, Movin’ Out, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, music by Billy Joel. He has choreographed 30 original works and classical ballets and 8 operas, has taught at The USA International Ballet Competition and many master classes and workshops in the US and internationally and has served on the jury of NBA Ballet’s Japanese National Ballet Competition in Tokyo, Japan. In the summer of 1995 Todd returned to his hometown of Fort Walton Beach, Florida as Artistic Director/CEO of the Northwest Florida Ballet. Over the past 20 years, he has committed himself to his community by developing young minds and bodies through innovative dance education programs, creating an awareness of dance in Northwest Florida and exposing his audiences to a variety of classical and contemporary works. In 2003 Mr. Allen received the Cox Bravo Champion of the Arts Award in Northwest Florida for his work in establishing the NFB Académie, a free academic and artistic education elementary and middle school. He has also received the Elvie DeMarko Dance Achievement Award from The Arts Council of Northwest Florida and has served on various grant panels in the state of Florida for the Division of Cultural Affairs and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore, Md. His ground-breaking work in arts education was featured in Dance Teacher magazine (Nov, 2004) and in Teacher Magazine, a Department of Education publication (May 2005). The Northwest Florida Ballet is now one of the largest and most respected arts organizations in Northwest Florida and has received national recognition for its innovative programs.


Shari Allen, Assistant Director

Shari Allen, holds BFA in Dance from Radford University and a Professional Educators Certificate by the state of Florida Department of Education, has studied with North Carolina School of the Arts, Richmond Ballet and Boston Ballet School. She has performed with Ballet Theatre of Boston, Boston Dance Co., Impulse Dance Co., Mill Mountain Theatre, Southwest Virginia Ballet and been a touring member of Lightwire Theater. Ms. Allen taught ballet and jazz for the Harvard-Radcliffe Dance Department, the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio in Boston, the Fort Wayne Ballet, Florida Dance Association and the University of West Florida. She is a nationally certified Pilates instructor and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Art Education at Florida State University. For over 30 years, Shari has found her passion in teaching. When she is not working she loves spending time with her family, taking care of animals and creating art.

Dorothy Daniels Lister, Ballet Mistress

“Miss Dorothy", to all her students, received her early training at the Elvie DeMarko School in Pensacola, continued her studies in New York at the Swoboda School (later the Ballet Russe School). She joined the Ballet Russe and danced with such renowned stars as Alicia Alonso, Maria Tallchief, Nina Novak, Alexandria Danilova, Igor Yousevitch, Frederic Franklin, Leon Danelian and Leonide Massine. After leaving the Ballet Russe, she danced at Radio City in their ballet, made guest appearances in Civic Ballets and Opera Companies. She later performed in Sumer Stock and on Broadway with such stars as Bernadette Peters, Mickey Rooney, Elaine Stritch, and Joel Grey. Her final Broadway endeavor was in Michael Bennett’s Ballroom. Miss Dorothy began her teaching career and joined the American Ballet Center, the official school of the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company. For 25 years, she was Head of the Children’s Department. She was responsible for rehearsing 65 children for the New York performances of the Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Her credits include co-authoring the book “Conversations with Choreographers” in 1996, interviewing all the well-known choreographers on stage and screen. In 1997, she moved back to the Pensacola area and is now the Ballet Mistress for the NFB, dance coach for Tate High School’s Colorguard, and choreographer for Tate High’s musicals. She is very proud of the students and teachers performing and teaching in all mediums of dance from Classical Ballet Companies to Broadway and television. Her motto is “dance for those who try.”

Bernadette Clements Sims, Founder

Bernadette Sims studied with Mary Lou Noletto, Lee Partridge and Duane Dishion. At the age of 18 she auditioned for George Balanchine and placed third in a regional audition for study at the School of American Ballet in New York City. She won a scholarship to study with Alexandra Danilova at the Ballet Arts Studio at Carnegie Hall. She also studied with Robert Joffrey and Richard Englund and performed with the Mobile Ballet, the New Orleans Ballet and the Birmingham Ballet. In 1964 she was 1st runner up to Miss Alabama. After marrying, she moved to Fort Walton Beach and founded the Northwest Florida Ballet in 1969.


2020-2021 NFB ARTISTIC STAFF, Cont. David Ott, NFB Music Director

David Ott ranks among America’s most-performed composers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His works have been performed or recorded by some of America’s and Europe’s most renowned orchestras, including the Chicago, National, Minnesota, Atlanta and London Symphonies. He has garnered critical praise and received numerous awards for his compositions and continues to be commissioned for works by major orchestras throughout the U.S. He has been cited as “one of the greats of American symphony music composers of the last quarter of the twentieth century.” Presently Ott is Music Director and Conductor of the Panama City Pops Orchestra, a sixty-five piece ensemble that performs six concerts each season. He also serves as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach, where he leads a chamber music concert series.

Lindsey Kelley Brewer, Community School Assistant Director

Lindsey Kelley Brewer began ballet and modern dance training with the Northwest Florida Ballet. In 2007, she graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a BFA in Dance Performance. While living in New York City, Lindsey performed the works of Monica Bill Barnes, Sean Curran, Rebecca Davis, Yesid Lopez, Laura Peterson, Becky Radway, Oliver and Teri Steele, and Saul Ulerio. She is a former company member of the Asheville Ballet, Contemporary Ballet Theatre, The Human Institution, Michiyo and Dancers, Naganuma Dance and Steps on Broadway’s Repertory Ensemble. Her work has been presented at the American Dance Festival, Asheville Fringe Festival, Bryant Park Contemporary Dance Festival, Food for Thought/ Danspace Project, Goucher College, North Carolina Dance Festival, Meredith College, Steps on Broadway, Triskelion Arts Festival, and University of North Carolina Asheville. Lindsey is the former artistic director of Lindsey Kelley Dance, a modern dance company based in Asheville, NC.

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The Nutcracker 2020 ACT I, SCENE 1—Going to the Party

Friends and neighbors of Mayor and Frau Silverhaus walk to their annual Christmas Party.

ACT I, SCENE 2 – The Party

Mayor and Frau Silverhaus and their children, Clara and Fritz, entertain friends and family in their home. Special guests include Clara’s Godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. Drosselmeyer is a mysterious man who brings sweets and three mechanical dolls to entertain the children at the party. He also brings a special gift for Clara - a Nutcracker in the shape of a soldier. Clara’s young brother, Fritz, becomes jealous of this gift and breaks it. Drosselmeyer repairs the Nutcracker with his handkerchief and a little magic. The little girls dance together with their dolls as Clara dances with her precious Nutcracker. The boys begin feeling very mischievous and plot to cause as many problems for the girls as possible. Finally, the party is over and all leave to go home. Clara leaves her Nutcracker downstairs as she goes to bed but is very worried about it since she has heard tales of mice invading the living room when no one is there. Mayor Silverhaus: Keegan Lloyd Frau Silverhaus: Prisca Eichler Clara: Scarlett Bennett Fritz: Noah Cook Herr Drosselmeyer: Todd Eric Allen Maids: Isabella Austin, Avarie Brown, Caroline Mangrum Party Children: Girls: Amy Blowes, Jordan Cox, Aaliyah Guthrie, Sara McGowan, Alaura Marquardt, Kennedy Rose Boys: Zadie Barkalow, Emma Grace Lonadier, Katelyn Lysaght, Gracie Peoples, Raleigh Phillips, Sophia Ryals Teenagers: Maille Blow, Allison Choi, Katie Lawhorn, Aaliyah Love, Shanice Miller, Emilee Schaefer, Abigail Tovrea, Evdokia Watkins Harlequin Doll: Wyatt Mier Columbine Doll: Areanna Mcann Franz the Dancing Bear: Ria Patel


ACT I, SCENE 3 – The Battle

Clara sneaks downstairs to retrieve her Nutcracker. She falls asleep and dreams about Drosselmeyer, ravenous mice, the Christmas tree growing to gigantic proportions, and the Nutcracker coming to life and fighting a fierce battle with the toy soldiers against the mice. Nutcracker Prince: Wyatt Mier/ Keegan Lloyd Mouse Queen: Sharon L. Allen Big Mice: Delaney Borough, Sterling Howard, Olivia Mangrum, Areanna McCann, Angel Mier, Destiny Rumfelt, Avery Warden Little Mice (Cast A): Courtney Lowery, Cecilia Masso, Keomany Orlando, Addisyn Pawlak, Lucy Pinnegar, Sakura Plambeck, Jayla Rhodes, Kylie Senzig, Yamina Smithey, Allison Snider, Emily Stone, Natalie Vaughn, Samantha White Little Mice (Cast B): Isabella Albright, Emma Ballard, Rose Barkalow, Kailey Berggren, Samantha Brezeale, McKenna Boyer, Joslyn Denney, Anime Fleischer, Audrina Greene, Marilyn Heck, Averil Lillian, Juniper Lopez, Faith Milliken Toy Soldiers: Maille Blow, Allison Choi, Katie Lawhorn, Aaliyah Love, Shanice Miller, Emilee Schaefer, Abigail Tovrea, Evdokia Watkins

ACT I, SCENE 4—Kingdom of Snow

Drosselmeyer’s magic carries Clara and her Nutcracker Prince from the battle into the Kingdom of Snow, where they are delighted by the waltz of the Snow Queen and the beautiful snowflakes. Finally, Drosselmeyer’s magic sleigh carries them through the falling snow. From here they are sent off to a new and enchanting place. Snow Queen: Jolin Crabtree/ Luciana Ato Snow King: Keegan Lloyd/Wyatt Mier Snow Princesses: C’Jae Ransom and Jolin Crabtree/Luciana Ato Snow Corps: Isabella Austin, Valerie Buck, Delaney Borough, Leah Friery, Sterling Howard, Olivia Mangrum, Areanna McCann, Angel Mier, Destiny Rumfelt, Avery Warden

~15 Minute Intermission~

The Nutcracker 2020


The Nutcracker 2020 ACT II- The Kingdom of the Sweets

Clara and Herr Drosselmeyer continue their fantastic journey into the magical Kingdom of Sweets. The Dew Drop Fairy introduces them to their royal subjects representing confectionery delights from around the world. Dew Drop Fairy: Luciana Ato / Jolin Crabtree Angels (Cast A): Quinn Corbin, Ann Elise England, Daria Hess, Eva McInerney, Felicity McKay, Anna Pittner, Lea Ramirez, Patty Raybon Angels (Cast B): Ainsley Gardner, Luna Gerstung, Aleyna Jazayeri, Grace Rodriguez, Cameron Scarfe, Evelyn Thai, Isabella Thai, Phoebe Williamson Bakers: Jordan Cox, Sara McGowan, Gracie Peoples, Kennedy Rose Spanish Lead: Angel Mier with Wyatt Mier Spanish Corps: Isabella Austin, Delaney Borough, Valerie Buck, Sterling Howard Arabian: C’Jae Ransom with Wyatt Mier and Keegan Lloyd Arabian Girls (Cast A): Ava Blackshear, Jenna Buchholz, Jeneveve McKay, Zoe Newell, Angelina Phillips, Isabella Plemons, Ashlee Schaefer, Zyla Webb Arabian Girls (Cast B): Amy Beck, Emily Beck, Morgan Beck, Bailey Choi, Lilianna Hoenie, Isabella Plemons, Alanis Ramirez, Harley Roberts Chinese Leads: Ria Patel and Destiny Rumfelt Dragon: Noah Cook Chinese Corps: Lolea Hill, Emilee Schaefer, Abigale Tovrea, Evdokia Watkins Reed Flutes: Angel Mier with Olivia Mangrum and Avery Warden Russian Wyatt Mier with Areanna McCann and Leah Friery Ginger Children: Girls: Jenna Buchholz, Gracelyn Fisher, Mikayla Gawlik, Cherry Lewis Boys: Gabriel Caywood, Roxi Hylton, Isabel Lopes, John Rayman Ginger Cookies: Lucy Carroll, Ava Coplan, Adriana Mann, Isabella Tarpley Dew Drop Fairy: Jolin Crabtree / Luciana Ato Flowers: Isabella Austin, Delaney Borough, Valerie Buck, Leah Friery, Lolea Hill, Olivia Mangrum, Destiny Rumfelt, Sterling Howard, Areanna McCann, Avery Warden Finale:

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Symphony Orchestra David Ott, Conductor & NFB Music Director

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ACT I, SCENE 1—Going to the Party

Friends and neighbors of Mayor and Frau Silverhaus walk to their annual Christmas Party.

ACT I, SCENE 2 – The Party

Mayor and Frau Silverhaus and their children, Clara and Fritz, entertain friends and family in their home. Special guests include Clara’s Godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. Drosselmeyer is a mysterious man who brings sweets and three mechanical dolls to entertain the children at the party. He also brings a special gift for Clara - a Nutcracker in the shape of a soldier. Clara’s young brother, Fritz, becomes jealous of this gift and breaks it. Drosselmeyer repairs the Nutcracker with his handkerchief and a little magic. The little girls dance together with their dolls as Clara dances with her precious Nutcracker. The boys begin feeling very mischievous and plot to cause as many problems for the girls as possible. Finally, the party is over and all leave to go home. Clara leaves her Nutcracker downstairs as she goes to bed but is very worried about it since she has heard tales of mice invading the living room when no one is there. Mayor Silverhaus: Thomas Tona Frau Silverhaus: Prisca Eichler Clara: Scarlett Bennett Fritz: Noah Cook Herr Drosselmeyer: Todd Eric Allen Maids: Avarie Brown, Rachel Hultquist, Caroline Mangrum Ladies: Kaori Mier, Elise Preston Gentlemen: Jonathan Carter, Arthur Harbeson Grandmother: Terry Prewitt Grandfather: Jeff Prescott Party Children: Girls: Arianna Cole, Lolea Hill, Jaelene Jester, Aaliyah Love, Alaura Marquardt, Shanice Miller, Amy Pham, Emilee Schaefer, Abby Tovrea, Evdokia Watkins Boys: Maille Blow, Amy Blowes, Joanna Brown, Aaliyah Guthrie, Palmer Kellogg, Katie Lawhorn, Sara McGowan, Freda Nkwantabisa, Alanis Ramirez, Kash Scott Teenagers: Isabella Austin, Ayva Ballesteros, Valerie Buck, Sydney Barkocy, Maya Delamater, Leah Friery, Mason Jefferson, Elizabeth Kelly, Orlan Lasher, Olivia Mangrum, Ria Patel, Avery Warden Harlequin Doll: Wyatt Mier Columbine Doll: Angel Mier Franz the Dancing Bear: C’Jae Ransom


ACT I, SCENE 3 – The Battle

Clara sneaks downstairs to retrieve her Nutcracker. She falls asleep and dreams about Drosselmeyer, ravenous mice, the Christmas tree growing to gigantic proportions, and the Nutcracker coming to life and fighting a fierce battle with the toy soldiers against the mice. Nutcracker Prince: Wyatt Mier Mouse Queen: Shari Allen Big Mice: Kendall Ard, Ava Elpedes, Stella Elpedes, Sterling Howard, Aleksandria Herr, Areanna McCann, Angel Mier, C’Jae Ransom, Sadie Wheeless, Delaney Borough Little Mice: Cast A Mice: Friday, Nov. 22nd and Sunday, Nov. 24th Kaylin Brooks, Myla Butler, Mysha Butler, Lucy Carroll, Chloe Cox, Aysiah Dedeaux, Ann Elise England, Charlotte Goodman, Daria Hess, Cherry Lewis, Atticus Poe, Isabel Ramirez, Brayden Riemer, Sebastian Riemer, Isabella Ruiz Little Mice: Cast B Mice: Saturday, Nov 23rd Mckenna Boyer, Gabriel Caywood, Quinn Corbin, Remma Demps, Erika Garcia, Anya Harris, Roxi Hylton, Grayson Littlejohn, Eva McInerney, Ignacio J. Pardo, Patty Raybon, John Rayman, Norma Santoya, Evelyn Thai, Isabella Thai Toy Soldiers: Isabella Austin, Lolea Hill, Valerie Buck, Sydney Barkocy, Maya Delamater, Leah Friery, Elizabeth Kelly, Olivia Mangrum, Ria Patel, Avery Warden

ACT I, SCENE 4—Kingdom of Snow

Drosselmeyer’s magic carries Clara and her Nutcracker Prince from the battle into the Kingdom of Snow, where they are delighted by the waltz of the Snow Queen and the beautiful snowflakes. Finally, Drosselmeyer’s magic sleigh carries them through the falling snow. From here they are sent off to a new and enchanting place. Snow Queen: Snow King: Snow Princesses: Snow Corps:

Meisy Garcia Laffitte Jonathan Carter Luciana Ato and Jolin Crabtree Kendall Ard, Ayva Ballesteros, Delaney Borough, Ava Elpedes, Stella Elpedes, Sterling Howard, Aleksandria Herr, Areanna Mcann, Destiny Rumfelt, Angel Mier, C’Jae Ransom, Sadie Wheeless

~15 Minute Intermission~


ACT II- The Kingdom of the Sweets

Clara and Herr Drosselmeyer continue their fantastic journey into the magical Kingdom of Sweets. The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince Cavalier introduce them to their royal subjects representing confectionery delights from around the world. Sugar Plum Fairy: *Courtney Shealy The Prince Cavalier: *Gabe Stone Shayer Angels: Morgan Beck, Jenna Buchholz, Vladdilynn Carbonel, Ava Coplan, Gracelyn Fisher, Mikayla Gawlik, Isabel Lopes, Adriana Mann, Isabella Plemons, Isabelle Rushing Bakers: Joanna Brown, Lolea Hill, Aaliyah Love, Freda Nkwantabisa, Emilee Schaefer, Abby Tovrea Spanish Lead: Angel Mier with Mason Jefferson Spanish Corps: Kendall Ard, Delaney Borough, Sterling Howard, Rachel Hultquist Arabian: Luciana Ato with Thomas Tona and Jonathan Carter Arabian Girls: Zadie Barkalow, Marcelina Castor, Jordan Cox, Aaliyah Guthrie, Palmer Kellogg, Emma Grace Lonadier, Alaura Marquardt, Kaylea Michaelson, Gracie Peoples, Kennedy Rose, Sophia Ryals, Ella Stone Dragon: Sydney Barkocy Chinese Lead: Areanna McCann and Orlan Lasher Chinese Corps: Olivia Mangrum, Leah Friery, Ria Patel, Avery Warden Reed Flutes: Jolin Crabtree with Sadie Wheeless and C’Jae Ransom Russian Wyatt Mier with Thomas Tona with Ava Elpedes and Mason Jefferson with Stella Elpedes Mother Ginger: Terry Prewitt Dutch Children: Girls: Eleanor Ballard, Emily Beck, Brenna Gallion, Lilianna Hoenie, Amina Khan, Adelaide Sandwith Boys: Amy Beck, Ava Blackshear, Zoe Newell, Julia Rosu, Ruby Solley, Zyla Webb Ginger Cookies: Abbigail Heck, Angelina Phillips, Harley Roberts, Ana Ruano, Ashlee Schaefer, Olivia Spangler Dew Drop Fairy: Meisy Garcia Laffitte Flowers: Kendall Ard, Ayva Ballesteros, Delaney Borough, Ava Elpedes, Stella Elpedes, Aleksandria Herr, Olivia Mangrum, Destiny Rumfelt, Sterling Howard, Angel Mier, C’Jae Ransom, Sadie Wheeless Grand Pas de Deux: Courtney Shealy and Gabe Stone Shayer Finale: Entire Cast *Courtney Shealy and Gabe Stone Shayer appear courtesy of American Ballet Theatre


Symphony Orchestra David Ott, Conductor & NFB Music Director

1st Violins:

Petra Bubanja (Concertmaster), Edward Charity, Ingrid Roberts, Tara Bohlen

2nd Violins:

Ben Maynard, Carol Hayes

Violas:

Oana Portur, Allyson Royal

Cellos:

Holden Bitner, Pono Santos, Cheuk Yan Leung

Bass:

David Goldflies

Flute:

Stephanie Reigle, Bethany Wood

Oboe:

Matt Fossa, Ann Nguyen

Clarinet:

John Divine, Kip Franklin

Bassoon:

Abigail Walker, Mary Kay Thompson

French Horn:

Stuart Kinney, Robert Palmer

Trumpet:

James Zingara, Johnny Brewer

Trombone:

Bret Barrow

Timpani:

Eric Krebs

Percussion:

Jordan Wood

Celeste:

Lois Henry

Harp:

Katie Ott


Todd Eric Allen, Artistic Director/CEO presents

Music:

David Ott

Choreography:

Katia Garza

Projection Design:

IRG Productions

Scenic Design:

Luly Garza

Set Construction:

Scenic Painter: Scenic Artists:

C&S Themed Events and Environments Eddy Frank Fernandez Maya Schilder & Kathryn Knorp

Costume Design:

Brisa Dinorah & Gomez Cruz

Lighting Design:

Bob Whittaker

Production Manager:

Clay Reed

Stage Manager:

Lydia Phillips

Wardrobe Assistant:

Daun Chandler

Production Corporate Sponsor:

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Presenting Media Sponsor:

Emerald Coast Magazine

Sponsored in part by:

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

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Floral Sponsor:

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Peter Pan

Jorge Barani

Tinker Bell

Savannah Crabtree

Mrs. Darling

Whitney Wiles

Mr. Darling

Tommy Tona

Wendy Alex Trum John Wyatt Mier Michael Jordan Blackwell Nana the Family Dog

Kendall Ard

Captain Hook

Darren McIntyre

Lead Pirate Woman

Ellie Edwards

Pirate Men

Tommy Tona, Keegan Lloyd & Jeffrey Senior

Pirate Women

Jolin Crabtree, Camille Loftis & Mia Griffith

Tiger Lilly

Victoria Garofalo

Corps Indians

Luci Ato, Lily Greene, Josephine Wellborn, Sadie Wheeless, Ash Willman, Alyssa Silva, Ainsley Hayek & Angel Mier

Mermaids

Kendall Ard, Madelyn Blanchard, Madison Brice, Sterling Howard, Ginnifer Oden, Isabella Paone, Marley Smith, Samantha West, C’Jae Ransom & Makenzie Loveday

Lost Children

John Mackin, Emily Branham, Victoria Couret, Olivia Crabtree, Stella Elpedes, Ava Elpedes, Caily Mitchell & Noah-Emily Sommerville


ACT I The story begins in the Darling household in Bloomsbury, London. The three children, Wendy, John, and Michael are supposed to be getting ready for bed but instead are playing with the faithful family dog, Nana. Mrs. Darling enters and instructs the children to get into bed followed by Mr. Darling who is worried about being late for a dinner party. The children finally calm down and settle in as Wendy reads a bedtime story. Mother and Father leave for the party. When the coast is clear, Tinker Bell enters the nursery in search of Peter’s shadow, which he lost while listening at the window to Wendy telling stories to the boys. Peter enters and tries frantically to catch his shadow. Unable to do so, he slumps down beside Wendy’s bed and begins to cry. Wendy awakens to see Peter crying and offers to sew his shadow back on. She is quite taken with Peter and seems to have a vague recollection of him. Peter invites Wendy to Neverland where she can be the mother and tell stories to the Lost Children. Meanwhile, Tinker Bell is very jealous and upset with the attention Peter is showing Wendy. After accepting Peter’s invitation, Wendy wakens John and Michael who are overjoyed to see Peter and Tinker Bell in the nursery. All three children have a quick flying lesson and with the help of Tinker Bell’s fairy dust take off through the nursery window. After flying over London they are off to adventures in Neverland – second to the right and then straight on till morning! Neverland is on an island shared by the lost children, Princess Tiger Lily and her Piccaninny-Tribe and the mean pirates who are led by Captain Hook and the clever crocodile. Peter takes his new friends on several adventures, the first of which is to Marooner’s Rock to see the magical mermaids. The group continues on their journey to meet the lost children who are so happy to see that Peter has returned. The Lost Children, seeing Wendy and spurred on by a jealous Tinker Bell, think her a giant bird and shoot in her direction with a bow and arrow. Luckily they miss and realize that Wendy is actually a friend of Peter Pan. Soon they become enchanted with Wendy and ask her to be their mother. The pirates and Captain Hook see from afar Tinker Bell sad and upset with Peter, and they convince her to tell them where he is hiding. Tinker Bell tells them without thinking about the consequences. The pirates and Hook challenge Peter and the lost children to a fight. Dueling with Hook, Peter is almost defeated when just in the nick of time the crocodile chases Hook away.


- 15 Minute Intermission -

ACT II Tiger Lily is celebrating with her tribe when Captain Hook arrives and kidnaps all of them. Meanwhile Wendy and the children are sleeping and Wendy has a dream of dancing with Peter Pan. She is dreaming that they are falling in love but unfortunately for her it is just a dream. Hook and the pirates arrive and also capture all the children and Wendy and take them to their ship. Tinker Bell realizes she made a big mistake, explains to Peter what happened and asks for his forgiveness. Peter and Tinker Bell leave right away for the pirate’s ship where they find that their friends are getting ready to walk the plank. Peter intervenes and falls into a climatic battle with Hook. Peter forces the pirate captain to the edge of the ship where he hears the fateful ticking of a clock signaling that the crocodile is near. Captain Hook is defeated and all join in a big celebration. Peter agrees to take Wendy, John and Michael home. Mr. and Mrs. Darling hear a commotion in the bedroom and rush in where they find Wendy, John and Michael along with the Lost Children who have decided it is time to grow up. After the others leave the nursery, Wendy returns, having sensed that Peter is still nearby. He has been waiting outside the window. After a tender moment, with Peter promising to return, Wendy watches him fly off into the stars and on to another adventure!


SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Music Director: David Ott

1st Violin:

Petra Bubanja Concertmaster, Edward Charity, Jared Starr & Ingrid Roberts

2nd Violin:

Ben Maynard & Carol Hayes

Viola:

Oana Portur & Allyson Royal

Cello:

Chun-Hsin Chang, Ryan Snapp & Jordan Galvarino

Bass:

David Goldflies

Flute:

Stepahanie Riegle & Bethany Wood

Oboe:

Asher Kelly, Siobhan Coulla & Matt Fossa

Clarinet:

John Divine & Kip Franklin

Bassoon:

Abigail Walker & Mary Kay Thompson

French Horn: Stuart Kinney & Debra Finlay Trumpet:

James Zingara & Johnny Brewer

Trombone:

Josh Bledsoe

Timpani:

Jack Rutledge

Percussion:

Jordan Wood

Celeste:

Lois Henry

Harp:

Katie Ott

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2020-2021 Northwest Florida Ballet Playbill  

The 2020-2021 season playbill for the Northwest Florida Ballet located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

2020-2021 Northwest Florida Ballet Playbill  

The 2020-2021 season playbill for the Northwest Florida Ballet located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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