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Executive Director Kathleen Noblin Associate Artistic Director Marina Fliagina Board of Directors President Michelle Parcher Vice President Pam Reinig Secretary/Treasurer Norbert Tan Members Margaret Freaney Tara Pielaet Eileen Riddle

Cynthia Loughman

Parent Volunteer Guild Chair Alyssa Poelstra Advisory Board Barbara Fitzgerald J. Toby Noblin, Esq. Kristina Brook Kim Bingham John & Barbara Tyler *Melodie Kleiman *Sandra Laby *Mara Lysova *Ronald Noblin, M.D. *Micheline Sakharoff *Helen Yunker * In Memoriam

Dear Friends of the Ballet, Dear Friends of the Ballet, Greetings and welcome to Ventura County Ballet’s 21st Annual Greetings and welcome to Ventura County 21st Annual performan performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet TheBallet’s Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker. A complete set of scenic drop A complete set of scenic drops painted in Russia by Yuri Samadurov, Russia by Yuri Samadurov, Chief Artist of the Komi Republic State Theatre Chief Artist of the Komi Republic State Theatre of Opera and Ballet and Ballet grace our stage. We hope you will also enjoy the artistry grace our stage. We hope you will also enjoy the artistry of this year’s of this national international ballet professionals, as well as the incredible ta national andand international ballet professionals, as well as the pre professional dancers trained at the Ballet Academy Ventura, the offici incredible talent of VCB’s pre professional dancers trained at the Ballet the Ventura County Ballet. The opulence of the beautiful sets and costum Academy Ventura, the official school of the Ventura County Ballet. performance will also add to your enjoyment of this classic of the ballet re The opulence of the beautiful sets and costumes of this performance Ventura County Ballet's (VCB) mission is to present performances that ins will also add to your enjoyment of this classic of the ballet repertoire. generation of dancers; providing the opportunity to dance side-by-side w Ventura County Ballet’s (VCB) mission is to present performances professionals. This develops student's artistry and timing, whilethat inspiring t inspire the next generation of dancers; providing the opportunity to through the many years of careful and difficult training. dance side-by-side with professionals. This develops student’s artistry andWorking timing, while inspiring through the many of careful through the daythem to day challenges of life,years the true dedication of o andisdifficult broughttraining. to light, illuminating a spirit that will not give in to these challen and ballet performance teach a silent strength, which develops in our ball each and everythe class theychallenges attend at of thelife, academy. Working through daythat to day the true dedication of our dancers, is brought to light, illuminating a spirit that will not continues to strive to connect artists,performance audience and community with giveVCB in to these challenges. Ballet and ballet teach a performances through our collaborations with the Rubicon Theatre, Vent silent strength, which develops in our ballet dancers each and every Festival, Namba Performing Arts Center, and VUSD. Starting this spring 2 class that they attend at the academy. County Ballet will be bringing neoclassical ballet to our community in mor settings. Please check our website after the New Year for more details or VCB continues to strive to connect artists, audience and community newsletter email listing. with innovative performances through our collaborations with the Rubicon Theatre, Ventura Music Festival, Namba Performing Arts We invite you to support the efforts of VCB, a 501(C)(3), with your attend Center, and VUSD. Starting this spring 2020, Ventura County Ballet enthusiasm and financial support. We wish you all a bright and wonderfu willSeason. be bringing neoclassical ballet ourwill community more intimate of Th We sincerely hope thatto you also makeinour performance settings. Please checktradition our website afteryour the New Year forfriends. more details an annual holiday for you, family and or join our newsletter email listing. WeKathleen invite youA.toNoblin support the efforts of VCB, a 501(C)(3), withMichelle your Parcher attendance, all a President Executiveenthusiasm Director and financial support. We wish youBoard bright and wonderful Holiday Season. We sincerely hope that you will also make our performance of The Nutcracker an annual holiday tradition for you, your family and friends. Kathleen A. Noblin Executive Director

Michelle Parcher Board President

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Directors:

Kathleen Noblin, Executive Director/ Founder

Ms. Noblin founded the Ballet Academy Ventura in 1992. The school has successfully trained students for the finest professional summer programs in the U.S. and Europe. Graduates have received scholarships to Columbia University, UCLA, Cal State, BYU and University of Southern California. Jazmine Quezada, 18 yrs old, has been accepted into professional level of San Francisco Ballet’s School on full scholarship. Her sister, 16-year-old Julie Quezada, has also been accepted on full scholarship to San Francisco Ballet’s School. Summer intensive students, Greta Pankratz and Audrey Flynn: New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet, Alyssia Troutman: Joffrey Ballet – New York, Jasmine Duncan: San Francisco Ballet, Natalie Burkhart: Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and Ella Hoyt: Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Other acceptances have been from American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, State Street Ballet and Boston Ballet to name a few. Ms. Noblin founded the Ventura Country Ballet (VCB) in 1998 and has served as Executive Director since its inception. VCB presents Tchaikovsky’s beloved The Nutcracker as well as a Spring Ballet annually. Ms. Noblin directs the Ventura County Ballet’s Therapeutic Dance for Children and Educational Outreach for elementary and middle school students in Ventura County and the annual Nutcracker program for the Ventura County Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit. She has directed collaborations with New West Symphony, Ventura Music Festival, Ventura County Master Chorale, Museum of Ventura County, San Buenaventura Foundation for the Arts, National Charity League, Working Artists Ventura (WAV) and Focus on the Masters Ms. Noblin, UCLA graduate, holds a B.S. in Sciences and Nursing from UCLA and credentials, is a Certified Public Health Nurse and holds a credential in Health and Development from UCLA postgraduate. Ms. Noblin has participated in Ventura’s cultural landscape as a member of the Ventura Cultural Planning Steering Committee. In 2008, Ms. Noblin received the Mayor’s Arts Award from the City of Ventura as Arts Educator of the Year. She worked with Arts Live Advisory Council which is directed at strengthening local arts organizations through training and audience development, fund development, marketing, strategic planning and planned giving. To a true artist only that face is beautiful which, quite apart from its exterior, shines with the truth within the soul. - Mahatma Gandhi

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Marina Fliagina, Associate Artistic Director

Born in Russia, Ms. Fliagina graduated with distinction from the Perm State College of choreography in Russia. In 1990 she was accepted to Moscow State Theatre Kremlin Ballet where she worked with the renowned Vladimir Vasiliev and Ekaterina Maximova. She was then accepted to the world-renowned Perm Ballet where she was a soloist at the Perm State Opera House/ Tchaikovsky Ballet. She has performed roles in all the famous classical ballets and has toured internationally with the Russian Imperial Ballet, Moscow Classical ballet, and the Moscow Festival Ballet. Ms. Fliagina joined State Street Ballet as a dancer in 1998 was promoted to Ballet Mistress since 2000. In addition to her Ballet Mistress duties, she continues to appear in character roles in ballets like The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella. Ms. Fliagina has been an instructor at Ballet Academy Ventura since 2000. She has been Ventura County Ballet Company’s Associate Artistic Director and Choreographer and Ballet Mistress since 2005, choreographing 11 full-length ballets.

Robert E. Lawson, Music Director/Conductor

Robert E. Lawson has been involved in many areas of music. As a composer, Mr. Lawson’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States. His Harp Sonata has received premieres at Florida State University, the XII Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, and in Paris at the International Harp Festival. His String Trio was selected as one of the most innovating composition for the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. In 2003 he was commissioned to compose “Duets for Orchestra” which had its world premier by the Ventura Symphony on December 1, 2004. In 2006 he was commissioned to write a new work for orchestra “Tumaini” which has been performed several times since its premier. Mr. Lawson has served as Music Director/founder of the Ventura City Hall Concert Series for eleven seasons, and was the founder and Music Director/ Conductor of the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra for seven years. He was Music Director/Conductor of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra for eighteen years until he turned over the orchestra in 2008 to its current director. From 1981 through 1988 he served as associate conductor of the Ventura County Symphony and Ventura Civic/Youth Orchestra. Mr. Lawson has been guest conductor of numerous orchestras both here in the United States and Europe. Mr. Lawson is currently Department Chair of The Performing Arts at Ventura College, where he continues to develop and expand the department’s current student population over 1400 music students and 31 faculty positions. Mr. Lawson received his M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in 1991 his principal teachers have been Pulitzer winner Mel Powell, electronic music innovator Mort Subotnick, conductor/composer Stephen Mosko and Arnold Schoenberg institute director/professor Leonard Stein. His early academic inspiration and training began at Ventura College under the mentoring of Professors Frank Salazar and Dr. Burns Taft.

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The Nutcracker

A Ballet in Two Act E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker and the Mouse King Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marina Fliagina after Marius Petipa and Vaynonen

Act One: Scene One: CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE STAHLBAUM HOME

It is a snowy evening and the Stahlbaum family is happily preparing for their holiday party. The Christmas tree is suddenly ablaze with lights, which delight the guests. Clara’s godfather Herr Drosselmeyer arrives with very special gifts. The children begin to dance and play. Drosselmeyer entertains the children by disguising himself as a wizard, but Clara recognizes him. He then calls the children around him to view a puppet show. The puppets tell the story of pure hearted Princess Clara, the evil Mouse Queen and the Nutcracker. Herr Drosselmeyer also presents three life size dolls: a Harlequin who dances and gives his heart to lovely Columbine, and an awkward Nutcracker Soldier doll. The toys delight the young guests. Clara is very taken with the ugly-awkward Nutcracker Soldier doll, and asks her godfather if she can keep him. She promises to take good care of him. Her brother Fritz tries to take her ugly doll. Clara grabs her Nutcracker but his arm is broken during the struggle. Clara is heartbroken and cries. Godfather Drosselmeyer repairs the Nutcracker’s arm with Clara’s ribbon. He tells Clara that true love is the real magic and that she must always take care of her doll. After Drosselmeyer’s show, the party comes to an end. The guests leave with their holiday gifts. The house falls dark and silent. Clara’s mother puts her to bed, but she creeps downstairs to find her beloved Nutcracker. She curls up with him next to the tree and falls asleep and begins a wonderful dream... Now the magic begins! The clock strikes twelve and tiny mice enter with lights looking for candy. Suddenly, everything including the tree begins to grow. The Toy Soldiers become life-size and large hungry Rats appear with their evil Mouse Queen. The Mouse Queen and her Rats outnumber the Nutcracker and his soldiers. A battle begins against the evil forces of the Mouse Queen. She was about to destroy the Nutcracker when Clara bravely steps forward to protect her Nutcracker with her love and bravery. Her goodness knocks the Mouse Queen helplessly to the ground. The Nutcracker is then victorious. Clara has saved her ugly Nutcracker; her love conquered evil.

Act One - Scene Two: LAND OF THE SNOW

The Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome Prince. Clara looks into an ice pond and sees that she has been transformed into a beautiful princess. This is truly wonderful magic!! The Prince and his Princess travel through the Snow Forest filled with Snow Fairies. Clara’s unconditional love and bravery have been rewarded. They are greeted by the Snow King and Queen who present them with a magical sleigh to take them to the Kingdom of the Sweets.

Act Two: THE LAND OF THE SWEETS

Clara and the Prince are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Fairies of the Sweets. They are surrounded by Angels who greet them. The Sugar Plum Fairy presents Clara with a beautiful magical cape. The Candy Treats all dance and entertain Clara. Next the Dew Drop Fairy escorts her to the Land of the Flowers. Princess Clara dances with her beloved Nutcracker Prince. Following this wonderful night of sweets, sugar plums, lollipops and flower fairies, the dream comes to an end. Sugarplum Fairy reminds her that wishes come true if you have a pure and loving heart. Clara awakens by the tree.

Epilogue: END OF CLARA’S DREAM

Frau Stahlbaum awakens Clara from her magical dream, and what a dream it was! No longer in the Kingdom of the Sweets, Clara finds herself beside her own Christmas tree. “Where is my beautiful awkward Nutcracker?” said Clara. He was magically gone. Clara was no longer a princess, but a young girl who has learned the power of love, friendship and devotion to others. Godfather Drosselmeyer arrives for holiday supper with a special guest, his beloved nephew, young Herr Drosselmeyer. Clara marvels at the nephew’s resemblance to the Nutcracker Prince. What a dream!! Clara learned that love must come from inside oneself. It must be unselfish, true, and unconditional. We must love everyone, and rejoice in our differences.

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Nutcracker 2019 Casting Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Saturday, Dec 7 at 2pm and Sunday, Dec 8 at 2pm

Ventura College Performing Arts Theater Friday, Dec 13 at 7pm, Saturday Dec 14 at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday Dec 15 at 2pm ACT 1 - Scene One: The Party Frau Stahlbaum: Moorea Christensen Herr Stahlbaum: Shane Tice Clara: OPAC: Ella Ullrich Ventura College: Emma Steiner Fritz: OPAC: Jonah Tillery Ventura College: Carter Gillespie Drosselmeyer: Enton Hoxha Harlequin: Roman Frey Columbine: OPAC: Olivia Reese Roman Ventura College: Ella Kate Hoyt (Fri Eve/ Sat Mat)/ Audrey Rae Helen Flynn (Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) Nutcracker Doll: OPAC: Sisombath Souvannasack Ventura College: Michael Haverty Parent’s Dance: OPAC: Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Natalie Burkhart, Quinn Ferguson, Greta Pankratz, Sophia Grace Parker, Jayla Vi Ramirez, Alyssia Troutman, Tiera Walsh Ventura College: Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Natalie Burkhart, Sophia Grace Parker, Jayla Vi Ramirez (Fri Eve/ Sat Mat) Quinn Ferguson, Greta Pankratz, Claire E. Rea, Tiera Walsh (Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) Party Mothers: Kimberly Globerman Party Fathers: Roman Frey (OPAC Sat Mat), Don Gillespie, Michael Haverty (OPAC Sun Mat/ Ventura College), Sisombath Souvannasack Grandfather: Sisombath Souvannasack Grandmother: Roman Frey Clara Friends: OPAC: Jianna Collis, Caroline Margaret Marsden, Carla Mathieu, Nika Wallach Ventura College: Miranda Cate Aguilar, Jianna Collis, Olive Kranzler, McKenna Parcher

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ACT 1 - Scene One: The Party (Cont.)

Party Girls: OPAC: Audrey Curtis, Avila Joy Edwards, Mariah V. Garcia, Hailey Brianna Hall, Sienna Huckestein, Penny Kranzler, Tasi Lefler, London Lindsay, Camilla Mathieu, Madeline Rick, Kaylee Rice, Abigail Steiner, Ceora Tan, Sylvie Lane Watts Ventura College: Avila Joy Edwards, Hailey Brianna Hall, London Lindsay, Camilla Mathieu, Kaylee Rice, Abigail Steiner, Ceora Tan, Sylvie Lane Watts (Fri Eve/ Sat Mat) Audrey Curtis, Avila Joy Edwards, Mariah V. Garcia, Sienna Huckestein, Penny Kranzler, Tasi Lefler, Madeline Rick, Sylvie Lane Watts (Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) Party Boys: Kirra Anderson, Divina Davis, Alessandra E. DeMarre, Karen Escalante, RubieRose Golden, Catherine Gschwind, Leona Bea Rutherford, Carter Gillespie (OPAC)/ Jonah Tillery (VC) Young Ladies: Alina M. Garcia, Maxine Mericle, Avery Ohl, Ava Renshaw Princess Puppet: OPAC: Emma Hansen Ventura College: Coco Shields Nutcracker Puppet: Daxton Ehret Rat Queen Puppet: Noelle Hall

ACT 1 - Scene Two: Clara’s Dream: The Battle Rat Queen: OPAC: Claire E. Rea

Ventura College: Alyssia Troutman

Midnight Mice: Sophia Arnold, Vivienne Aulenta, Melanie Espinoza, Makinley Gray, Aubree Lindsey, Giselle Lomeli, Paloma Martin, Avery Noriega, Jacqueline Ortega, Tiffany Ortega, Olivia Poelstra, Mila Reine Watts Battle Rats: Ember Campbell, Sienna Darlucio, Alina M. Garcia, Julieta V. Garcia, Molly Globerman, Makena Large, Maxine Mericle, Isheeta Pal, Faith Poelstra, Ava Renshaw, Jade Ann Reily, Carter Gillespie (OPAC)/ Jonah Tillery (VC) Cavalry-Red Soldiers: Hailey Brianna Hall, Sienna Huckestein, Tasi Lefler, Abigail Steiner, Ceora Tan, Sylvie Lane Watts (OPAC Sat Mat/ Ventura College Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) Audrey Curtis, Avila Joy Edwards, Mariah V. Garcia, Olive Kranzler, Penny Kranzler, Madeline Rick (OPAC Sun Mat/ Ventura College Fri Eve/ Sat Mat) Flag: Hailey Brianna Hall (OPAC Sat Mat/ Ventura College Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) Audrey Curtis (OPAC Sun Mat/ Ventura College Fri Eve/ Sat Mat) Trumpeters: Abigail Steiner, Ceora Tan (OPAC Sat Mat/ Ventura College Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) Avila Joy Edwards, Penny Kranzler (OPAC Sun Mat/ Ventura College Fri Eve/ Sat Mat) Cannon Brigade: Sienna Huckestein, Tasi Lefler, Sylvie Lane Watts (OPAC Sat Mat/ Ventura College Sat Eve/ Sun) Mariah V. Garcia, Olive Kranzler, Madeline Rick (OPAC Sun Mat/ Ventura College Fri Eve/ Sat Infantry-Blue Soldiers: Stevi Almanza, Mckenzie Arnold, Divina Davis, Daxton Ehret, Lily Francis, Azul X. Hernandez, Isabella Olmedo, Sylvie Shields

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Journey Through Land of Snow – Snow Pas de Deux Princess Clara: Luna Sayag Nutcracker Prince: Victor Jarvis Snow Queen: OPAC: Natalie Burkhart Ventura College: Sophia Grace Parker Snow King: Shane Tice Snow Princesses: OPAC: Moorea Christensen, Ella Kate Hoyt, Sophia Grace Parker, Alyssia Troutman Ventura College: Moorea Christensen, Greta Pankratz, Olivia Reese Roman, Claire E. Rea Snow Fairies: Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Quinn Ferguson, Caroline Margaret Marsden, Carla Mathieu, Jayla Vi Ramirez, Nika Wallach, Tiera Walsh, Emma Steiner (OPAC)/ Ella Ullrich (VC) Snowflakes: OPAC: India Aragon, Estelle Bartell, Estelle Carbajal, Maeve Carlisle, Pilar Cruz, Fiona Lehman, Emma Grace Millenheft, Blaine Moore, Avery Noriega, Nora Nunes, Mia Poteshkina, Emma Olivia Reyes, Imogen Stuve

Act II: Entrance to the Kingdom of the Sweets Chocolate (Spanish): OPAC: Olivia Reese Roman and Roman Frey Ventura College: Alyssia Troutman (Fri Eve/ Sat Mat)/ Claire E. Rea (Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) and Roman Frey With: OPAC: Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Jianna Collis, Carla Mathieu, McKenna Parcher, Jayla Vi Ramirez, Nika Wallach Ventura College: Jianna Collis, Quinn Ferguson, Caroline Margaret Marsden, McKenna Parcher Coffee (Arabian): OPAC: Alyssia Troutman Ventura College: Greta Pankratz (Fri Eve/ Sat Mat)/ Moorea Christensen (Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) With: Avery Ohl, Isheeta Pal, Faith Poelstra, Ava Renshaw Tea (Chinese): OPAC: Emma Steiner and Ella Ullrich Ventura College: Nika Wallach and Sisombath Souvannasack (Fri Eve/ Sat Mat)/ Carla Mathieu and Sisombath Souvannasack (Sat Eve/ Sun Mat) With: Alessandra E. DeMarre, Karen Escalante, Rubie-Rose Golden, Noelle Hall, Emma Hansen, Leona Bea Rutherford French Marzipan (Dance of Reed Flutes): OPAC: Ella Kate Hoyt, Greta Pankratz, Claire E. Rea Ventura College: Ella Kate Hoyt, Olivia Reese Roman, Emma Steiner Trepak (Russian): OPAC: Quinn Ferguson, Tiera Walsh and Sisombath Souvannasack Ventura College: Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Jayla Vi Ramirez and Michael Haverty With: Kirra Anderson, Avila Joy Edwards, Sienna Huckstein, Penny Kranzler, London Lindsay, Camilla Mathieu, Kaylee Rice, Ceora Tan

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Candyland Tarantella: OPAC: Caroline Margaret Marsden and Shane Tice Ventura College: Tiera Walsh and Shane Tice Candy Makers: Kimberly Globerman and Don Gillespie Candies: Vivienne Aulenta, Keira Barker, Melanie Espinoza, Lily Francis, Catherine Gschwind, Aubree Lindsey, Giselle Lomeli, Jacqueline Ortega, Tiffany Ortega, Olivia Poelstra, Coco Shields, Sylvie Shields Candyland Dolls and Gingerbread Soldiers: Gingerbread Soldiers: Ember Campbell, Alina M. Garcia, Julieta V. Garcia, Carter Gillespie, Molly Globerman, Maxine Mericle, Jade Ann Reily, Jonah Tillery Candyland Dolls: Miranda Cate Aguilar, Audrey Curtis, Sienna Darlucio, Mariah V. Garcia, Hailey Brianna Hall, Tasi Lefler, Abigail Steiner, Sylvie Lane Watts

Waltz of the Flowers Dew Drop Fairy: OPAC: Sophia Grace Parker Ventura College: Natalie Burkhart Flowerland Cavaliers: Roman Frey, Michael Haverty, Sisombath Souvannasack, Shane Tice Flower Princesses: OPAC: Moorea Christensen, Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Greta Pankratz Ventura College: Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Claire E. Rea, Ella Kate Hoyt, Olivia Reese Roman Flower Princesses: OPAC: Moorea Christensen, Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Greta Pankratz Ventura College: Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, Audrey Rae Helen Flynn, Ella Kate Hoyt, Olivia Reese Roman Flower Fairies: Quinn Ferguson, Caroline Margaret Marsden, Carla Mathieu, Jayla Vi Ramirez, Emma Steiner, Ella Ullrich, Nika Wallach, Tiera Walsh

Grand Pas de Deux & Coda Princess Clara: Luna Sayag Nutcracker Prince: Victor Jarvis Grand Finale: Ventura County Ballet

Epilogue: Frau Stahlbaum finds Clara sleeping next to the Christmas tree. Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives with a special guest, his nephew, who Clara recognizes as her “Dream Prince.�

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Performers

Luna Sayag is from France and started her dance training at the Institute Janine Stanlowa in Paris while in High School. After graduating, she moved to New York to attend Joffrey Ballet School where she performed roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette in the white swan pas de deux and contemporary works by Josie Walsh and Earl Mosley. She later got offered to be a part of the Joffrey Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson and had the opportunity to perform in ballets such as Serenade, Valse Fantasie, Raymonda and contemporary works by Gabrielle Lamb and Dwight Rhoden. In 2016, Luna joined the Cleveland Ballet where she had many opportunities and performed soloist and principal roles in Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other works. Luna is now a freelance dancer and GYROTONICS® teacher in the Los Angeles area. She is very excited to be a part of the Ventura County Ballet’s Nutcracker this season. This is Luna’s first season with the Ventura County Ballet. Roman Frey is originally from Bishop, California, where he first began dance at the age of 17. He received his professional dance training from Ballet West Academy. Roman has danced with Texas Ballet Theater, Queensland Ballet, and Anaheim Ballet. Roman has enjoyed performing nearly the entire Ben Stevenson O.B.E. repertoire, and works from such choreographers as Val Caniparoli, Glen Tetley, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and George Balanchine. Roman would like to thank his parents for their love and support. This is Roman’s first season with Ventura County Ballet. Michael Haverty started dancing at the age of 13 at a small local dance studio in the suburbs of Chicago where he grew up. At the age of 16 he was offered a position in the studio company of Ballet Chicago where he danced for four years until he moved to Cincinnati Ohio to dance at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He is currently dancing as a trainee at State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara California while finishing his college degree. Enton Hoxha was born in Albania. He trained at The National Ballet Academy in Albania and completed his Dance Education in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Hoxha danced with the Moscow Classical Ballet and Ballet Stars of St. Petersburg, touring Europe and the United States of America as a soloist in several repertory ballets, before joining The Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company. Mr. Hoxha was a guest artist with The Metropolitan Opera House of New York. This is Enton’s fourteenth season with Ventura County Ballet. Sisombath Souvannasack began his training in Fresno, California and is currently a State Street Ballet professional trainee in Santa Barbara, California. He vows to continue his training until he reaches his dream of dancing professionally with either a modern dance or contemporary ballet company. With about five years under his belt, he is proud to be a part of this production and grateful for the opportunity to perform with Ventura County Ballet. This is Sisombath’s first season with Ventura County Ballet. Shane Tice was born in Seattle Washington where he received his primary training from Ronald G. Tice and Magali Messac. He was a scholarship student at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Mr. Tice was a member of the Minnesota Dance Theater, State Street Ballet, Smuin Ballet, San Francisco, and Festival Ballet, Rhode Island. Ventura County Ballet is happy to have Shane return for his fifth season. Victor Jarvis began his ballet training with the Grand Rapids Ballet School in Michigan. He then trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City, where he studied for five years under faculty such as Jock Soto, Kay Mazzo, Peter Martins, and Sean Lavery. Upon, graduating from SAB, he joined Cleveland Ballet for three seasons where he performed numerous works with the company, including Ramón Oller’s Coppelia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Ramon Thielen’s Cycles of Love, and Margo Sappington’s Alice. Victor danced with State Street Ballet in the 2018/19 season where he performed the role of the Nutcracker Prince. This is Victor’s first season with Ventura County Ballet.

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Students

Autumn Rachel Bastiaans, 16 years old El Camino High School, 11th grade, Ventura College Professional Summer Intensives: Joffrey San Francisco, State Street Ballet, State Street Ballet Spring Workshop Academic Awards: California Scholarship Federation Natalie Burkhart, 17 years old Foothill Technology High School, 12th grade Professional Summer Intensives: Rock School of Dance Education (year round), Ballet Met (scholarship), Alonzo King LINES Ballet Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, State Street Ballet (scholarship) Dance Awards: Bronze California Dance Classics, Dancer of the Year, Most Improved Advanced Dancer Academic Awards: Honor Roll, President’s Award for Educational Excellence – Gold Moorea Christensen, 17 years old El Camino High School, 12th grade, Ventura College Professional Summer Intensives: Joffrey New York Pre-Professional Division (scholarship), State Street Ballet Dance Awards: Ballet Academy Ventura Most Improved Dancer Quinn Ferguson, 15 years old Ventura High School, 10th grade Professional Summer Intensive acceptances: Marat Daukayev Ballet, State Street Ballet Academic Awards: Outstanding Student 2019 Ella Hoyt, 15 years old Foothill Technology High School, 10th grade Professional Summer Intensives: Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre, NY and Joffrey Academy, Chicago Dance related competitions: Bronze award, California Dance Classics Awards: BAV Dancer of the Year 2018 Academic Awards: Presidential Award for Academic Excellence Caroline Marsden, 15 years old Ventura High School, 10th grade Professional Summer Intensive acceptances: Marat Daukayev Ballet Academic Awards: Honor Roll, President’s Award for Educational Carla Mathieu, 15 years old Ventura High School, 9th grade Academic Awards: Honor Roll, Exceptional achievement in Language Arts, Certificate of Excellence for completion of Academic Studies by the International Spanish Academy, Award for Citizenship, caring, Responsibility and others Sophia Grace Parker, 17 years old Foothill Technology High School, 12th grade Professional Summer Intensives: American Ballet Summer Intensive (New York, Texas), State Street Ballet (scholarship)

Dance Awards: BAV Dancer of the Year Academic Awards: Senior Class President, Communications Editor for the Foothill H.S. Dragon Press, Foothill academic award Student of excellence.  Greta Pankratz, 15 years old Ventura High School, 10th grade Professional Summer Intensives: School of American Ballet (New York, California), Joffrey Chicago, Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, State Street Ballet Dance Awards: Ballet Academy Ventura Most Improved Advanced Dancer 2019, Gold Award California Dance Classics 2018, Ballet Academy Ventura Most Improved Intermediate Dancer 2017 Academic Awards: Academic Excellence

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Students

Jayla Ramirez Age: 15 years old Ventura High school, 10th grade Academic Awards: Completed NYLF Advanced Medicine & Health Care, 2019/20 JV Cheer Captain

Claire Elizabeth Rea, 16 years old St. Augustine Academy, 11th grade Summer Intensives: BAV summer Intensives Dance Awards: Ballet Academy Ventura- Most Improved Intermediate Dancer 2014/15 Academic Awards: Honor Roll St. Augustine Academy Olivia Reese Roman, 14 years old Ventura High School, 9th grade Summer Intensives: San Francisco Ballet, Marat Daukayev Ballet, State Street Ballet Dance Awards: Most Improved Intermediate Dancer, Placed at California Dance Classics, Gold for contemporary piece and Silver for ballet variation. Awarded the 3 week summer intensive scholarship to San Francisco Ballet. Dance related competitions: Youth American Grand Prix, California Dance Classics Academic Awards: Honor roll and Outstanding Musicianship Award at Forum Music Festival for Saxophone Solo Emma Steiner, 14 years old Ventura High School, 9th grade Professional Summer Intensive acceptances: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, Marat Daukayev Ballet, State Street Ballet Dance Awards: California Dance Classics Silver Medal (2019), California Dance Classics Gold Medal (2018), Ballet Academy Ventura Most Improved Dancer 2017, 2018 Academic Awards: Honor Roll; President’s Gold Award for Academic Excellence Alyssia Troutman, 16 years old Ventura High School, 11th grade Professional Summer Intensives: BalletMet (scholarship), Joffrey New York, American Ballet Theatre Advanced Summer Intensive, New York, American Ballet Theatre, Irvine Awards: Ballet Academy Ventura- Most Improved Intermediate Dancer 2016-2017, Most Improved Advanced Dancer 2017 - 2018 Academic Awards: Honor Roll, VHS Dance Captain Ella Ullrich, 14 years old Ventura High School, 9th Grade Professional Summer Intensive acceptances: State Street Ballet 2017/2018; Marat Daukayev School of Ballet 2018; Joffrey Chicago 2019; American Ballet Theatre (California Summer/New York Spring) 2018/2019 Dance Awards: California Dance Classics 2018; Second Place: California Dance Classics 2019; BAV Most Improved Advanced 1 Dancer 2019 Academic Awards: Honor Roll; President’s Gold Award for Academic Excellence Nika Wallach, 13 years old Cabrillo Middle School, 8th grade Professional Summer Intensive acceptances: Gustavson Summer Intensive Academic Awards: Honor Roll, Girl Scout bronze award, Most improved beginning strings, Community Service Award Tiera Walsh, 14 years old Ventura High School, 9thGrade Professional Summer Intensive acceptances: State Street Ballet Dance Awards: Most Improved 2019 Academic Awards: Presidential Award

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Snowflakes

India Aragon

Emma Grace Millenheft

Estelle Bartell

Estelle Carbajal

Blaine Moore

Avery Noriega

Mia Poteshkina Emma Olivia Reyes 22 | Ventura County Ballet

Imogen Stuve

Fiona Lehman

Nora Nunes


C andy

Vivienne Aulenta Keira Barker

Aubree Lindsey

Olivia Poelstra

Giselle Lomeli

Coco Shields

Melanie Espinoza

Jaqueline Ortega

Lily Francis

Tiffany Ortega

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Mice

Sophia Arnold

Vivienne Aulenta Melanie Espinoza Makinley Gray

Aubree Lindsey

Giselle Lomeli

Tiffany Ortega

Olivia Poelstra

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Avery Noriega

Mila Watts

Jacqueline Ortega

Paloma Martin


angels

McKenna Parcher Madeline Rick

Noelle Hall

Kirra Anderson

London Lindsey Camilla

Kaylee Rice

Emma Hanson

Alina Garcia

Julieta Garcia

Jade Reily

Karen Escalante Miranda Aguilar

Avery Ohl

Isheeta Pal

Molly Globerman Olive Kranzler

Ember Campbell

Sienna Darlucio

Makena Large

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Clara Frits & Friends

Ella Ullrich

Jianna Collis

Miranda Aguilar

Emma Steiner

Jonah Tillery

Caroline Martin

Carla Mathieu

Olive Kranzler

McKenna Parcher

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Carter Gillespie

Nika Wallach


Spanish

Olivia Roman

Alyssia Troutman

Claire Rea

Jianna Collis

Carla Matthieu

McKenna Parcher

Nika Wallach

Quinn Ferguson

Caroline Marsden

Autumn Bastiaans

Jayla Ramirez

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GingerBread

& C andyland Doll

Hailey Hall

Tasi Lefler

Ember Campbell

Alina Garcia

Molly Globerman

Maxine Mericle

Mariah Garcia

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Abigail Steiner

Julieta Garcia

Jade Reily

Sylvie Watts

Miranda Auilar

Carter Gillespie Audrey Curtis

Jonah Tillery

Sienna Darlucio


Arabian

Greta Pankratz Alyssia Troutman Moorea Christensen Autumn Bastiaans

Avery Ohl

Isheeta Pal

Faith Poelstra

Ava Renshaw

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Chinese

Ella Ullrich

Emma Steiner

Nika Wallach

Alessandra Demarre Karen Escalante Rubie Rose Golden

Emma Hansen

Leona Rutherford

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Carla Mathieu

Noelle Hall


Snow

Olivia Roman

Alyssia Troutman

Claire Rea

Natalie Burkhart

Sophia Parker

Ella Hoyt

Moorea Christensen

Autumn Jayla RamirezQuinn Ferguson Bastiaans

Caroline Marsden

Tiera Walsh

Emma Steiner

Carla Mathieu

Greta Pankratz

Nika Wallach

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Party Girls

Audrey Curtis

Avila Edwards

Sienna Huckestein Penny Kranzler

Camilla Mathieu

Madeline Rick

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Mariah Garcia

Tasi Lefler

Kaylee Rice

Hailey Hall

London Lindsey

Abigail Steiner

Ceora Tan

Sylvie Watts


Party Boys

Kirra Anderson Divina Davis

Karen Escalante

Alessandra DeMarre

Rubie Rose Golden CatherineGschwind Leona Rutherford

Carter Gillespie Jonah Tillery

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Russian

Quinn Ferguson Autumn Bastiaans

Tiera Walsh

Jayla Ramirez

London Lindsey

Avila Edwards

Camilla Mathieu

Penny Kranzler

Ceora Tan

Kirra Anderson

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Merliton

Emma Steiner, Greta Pankratz, Claire Rea, Ella Hoyt, Olivia Roman,

Puppets

Noelle Hall , Emma Hanson, Coco Shields, Daxton Ehret

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TARANTELLA

Rat Queens

Alyssia Troutman, Claire Rea Tierra Walsh and Caroline Marsden

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Dolls

Olivia Roman and Ella Hoyt


Waltz

Dew Drop F airy, sugar plum F airy, Snow Queen

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Rats

Midnight Mice: Sophia Arnold, Vivienne Aulenta, Melanie Espinoza, Makinley Gray, Aubree Lindsey, Giselle Lomeli, Paloma Martin, Avery Noriega, Jacqueline Ortega, Tiffany Ortega, Olivia Poelstra, Mila Reine Watts Battle Rats: Ember Campbell, Sienna Darlucio, Alina M. Garcia, Julieta V. Garcia, Molly Globerman, Makena Large, Maxine Mericle, Isheeta Pal, Faith Poelstra, Ava Renshaw, Jade Ann Reily, Carter Gillespie (OPAC)/ Jonah Tillery (VC)

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Tasi , We love watching you shine on stage sweet girl and love you with all our hearts! Congratulations ~Mommy, Daddy, Ozias, Gramma & Vavô To our gorgeous Tiera, You dance with heart and soul. Your joy and artistry shines through. We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Teagan, Talia, and Zaida. Maxine, we are excited to see you perform in another Nutcracker. Congratulations! Tiffany, the love you have for ballet shows in everything you do. We are so excited to see you in The Nutcracker again! Keep dancing! We love you! Paloma, we are so proud of you! Keep dancing! Xo Papa & mom Penny, Have fun performing in your first Nutcracker! We are so proud of you! Azul, When you dance you can enjoy the luxury of being you! Love mom and dad Julie, You’re Strong, Beautiful, and Dedicated Dancer. Shine Bright!! Divina, Let your dancing shine like your spirit. Jianna, Success is accomplished not by your talents but the dedication,sacrifice,and determination to be the best you can be.Dream Big Sweet Pea!We love you! Nutcracker 2019| 39


Avery, We are celebrating you today for the special girl you are. A strong, intelligent and dedicated dancer. Love, Mom and Dad Makena, Your dedication and love for ballet shines bright once again, and I am so proud of you. Avila, the joy and confidence you find in your dancing makes us so happy. We are proud of all your hard work and dedication. We love you, Mom & Dad Greta, What a journey this has been.You inspire us all with your dedication, humility, and grace. Your dancing brings such joy to the heart and soul. Emma, Congratulations on another great Nutcracker season!We are so proud of your hard work and dedication. You will be beautiful! Mom, Dad and Abby Abby, Congratulations dancing your first year en pointe! We are so proud of your hard work and dedication. You are beautiful to watch! Mom, Dad & Emma Camilla, It is a pleasure to see your dedication and hard work in all you do, you are so talented, the world will see amazing things from you! Carla, it is so wonderful to see your growth as a dancer meeting your beautiful spirit where it all comes together to make art alive Keep on dancing! 40 | Ventura County Ballet


Kaylee, We are so proud of the hard work and dedication you put into dancing; it shows in your grace and smile on stage. Love you! Mom and Dad We’re so proud of you, Coco! We’re so proud of you, Sylvie! McKenna, It’s beautiful watching your dreams become your reality. Congratulations on your 8th season! Dad, Mom, Joseph, Kahuna, Stella, and Princess. Makinley, we are so proud of your hard work. We love watching your passion for ballet bring you happiness. With love, Mommy and Daddy! Melanie, Daddy and I are really proud of you, for being so dedicated to everything you do, keep up the hard work, keep dancing with your heart! Love mom and dad. Emma Olivia, We love you very much and we are so proud of all of your hard work. Love, Mom, Dad & Archer Alina, You are such a beautiful ballerina. We are so proud of you and we love watching you dance. Sienna, You bring such joy into our lives. We’re so proud of you and all your accomplishments. We love you more! Mom, Dad and Josh

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Miranda You’re such a passionate, dedicated, and beautiful dancer. We’re excited for your seventh Nutcracker season! Love you, Mom & Dad Daxton, We are so proud of all your hard work and love to watch you dance! We love you! “London, Practice like you’ve never won... Perform like you’ve never lost! Your family is so proud of you! Love, Daddy” We love you and are extremely proud of all your hard work. Go Mazzy! Claire, Your dancing inspires and brings joy to us all! Thank you for your hard work, determination, and dedication! Audrey Willow, SO excited for your 1st pointe performance as Candyland Doll. You’re the best, very proud of you. Love you! Dad, Mom, Jack, and Joseph We are all so proud of you Emma Grace Millenheft for performing your first Nutcracker on your 7th birthday! May God bless you. Love your family. Kirra, We are so proud of your hard work and love watching you dance!! You dance beautifully from your heart. Love all the Family!! Jayla, We are so proud of your many accomplishments this year. Stay passionate and follow your dreams! Dance, smile, and have fun! 42 | Ventura County Ballet


Keira, We are so proud of you and we are thrilled to see you as our sweet Candy in The Nutcracker. We love you! Love, Daddy, Mommy, Collin and Evan India, we are so proud of you! Keep dancing and smiling. We love you! Carter, We are so proud of you for all that you have accomplished in dance. With all our love, Mom, Dad, and Jared. Nika, Congratulations on 8 years of performing in the Nutcracker! We are so proud of you! Love Papa and Mama Estelle, You’ve dreamt of this day for years & now it’s arrived. We’re so proud of you and you’re hard work! We love you tiny dancer! Mom,Dad & Lucas Noelle, Your hard work and dedication continues to pay off! We are very proud of you. Love, Mommy, Daddy & Hailey Hailey, Congratulations, to you, Hailey, on your first Nutcracker on pointe! Love, Mommy, Daddy & Noelle Ember, Your dancing is a joy! Your hard work and dedication are really paying off. Have fun!

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Jade, Your whole family is proud of your hard work, dedication and love of dancing. Keep it up! Rubie-Rose, Tu deviens une jolie danseuse ! Nous sommes tres fiers de toi et de ton travail. On t’adore ! Maman, Papa et Amelia. Ella, We are so proud of you! Congratulations on your roles of Clara, Chinese, snow and waltz. Enjoy! We love you so much. Love, Mom and Dad Dear Molly, Your smile lights up the stage. Your beauty shines through your performance. We are so proud of your progress. Love, Mom & Dad GiGi, You are the light in our life, you inspire us every day and we are so proud of you. We treasure these moments with you. Love momma and papa. Mila, You bring joy and love to everyone you meet. We love you so much & are so proud you. Congratulations little Midnight Mouse. Love, Mom and Dad Leona Bea, You have grown so much as a dancer through your discipline and hard work. Enjoy the Nutcracker and its holiday magic! 44 | Ventura County Ballet


Dear Molly, Your smile lights up the stage. Your beauty shines through your performance. We are so proud of you. Love, Mom & Dad” Sylvie,, you light up the stage with your smile. We are so proud of you. Congratulations on your first Nutcracker on pointe. Love, Mom and Dad “Jonah, Congratulations on your 5th Nutcracker. We are so proud of your hard work and dedication. We love you so much Love, Mom and Lillee” Congratulations, Alessandra! We are so proud of you. Keep chasing your dreams. Love, Mom, Dad and Cale Avila, The joy and confidence you find in your dancing makes us so happy. We are proud of your effort, care, and focus on being a great dancer. We love you, Mom & Dad Abby, Congratulations dancing your first year en pointe! We are so proud of your hard work and dedication. You are beautiful to watch! Love, Mom, Dad and Emma Nora Nunes Nora, we are so proud of you. We love watching you dance. Nora Adelina the ballerina! We love you! Mom, Dad and Jadon. Nutcracker 2019| 45


Fia, We are so proud of your work ethic and dedication to ballet. You have brought us so much joy! Love you always~ Natalie, Congratulations on your last BAV Nutcracker! You have amazed us with your dedication & talent all these years. Don’t ever give up on your dream! We love you so much! Mom, Gramma & Granpa Olivia Reese Roman. We are so excited to watch you perform in the Nutcracker this year in the following roles: Spanish, Doll, Merliton, Demi Snow and Demi Waltz. We are so proud of your hard work and dedication at everything you put effort into: ballet, band and school. We are so impressed with what you have accomplished and you continue to amaze us every day! Watching you do what you love, dancing your heart out, brings us such joy. Your smile, beauty both inside and out and your dancing shines so bright!! Always remember how much we love you!!! Mom, Dad, Sydney, Grandma and Grandpa. Alyssia Troutman, You have shown us how to fly high with the expressions of your soul. May you continue to grow as the beautiful dancer you already are. Love Mom and Dad and the Gang 46 | Ventura County Ballet


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Ventura College Symphony Orchestra - Ventura College Performing Arts Center Flutes Trisha Merete Bonnie Griffen Dori Riggs

Trumpet Bryce Schmidt Matt Baker Max Winter

Oboe Fred Beerstein Lisa Reed

Trombone Hin Yau Rose Doylemason Mark Miller Ido Meshulam

Eng Horn Lisa Reed Clarinet Daryl Bowels Adrianna Hayes Bass Clarinet Stefani Feldman Bassoon Nick Akdag Maciej Flis French Horn Jon Titmus Hayden Amendola Tucker Boze Anna Pierson

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Tuba Stephen Nutt Percussion Angel Limon Marie Matson Timpani Matthew Haramia Harp Elisabeth Huston Emma Rostykus Celesta Petra Persolja

Violin I Julissa Bozman Laura Liang Tara Gilson Sharon Cooper Danica Neuhaus Violin II Michelina Wright Caroline Allison Xaman Kryger Brandon Martinez Viola Diane Gilbert Tamara Relph Natalie Spevak Cello Hovik Hovhannisyan David Mason Britta Thomas Alex Bozman Bass Barry Newton


Ventura College Symphony Orchestra - Oxnard Performing Arts Center Flutes Trisha Merete Carol Lockart Bonnie Griffin Dori Riggs Oboe Fred Beerstein Jade Gilbert Emi Reisman Eng Horn Lisa Reed Clarinet Daryl Bowels Adrianna Hayes Bass Clarinet Stefani Feldman

Trumpet Bryce Schmidt Max Winter Trombone Hin Yau Mark Miller Ido Meshulam Tuba Cameron Holt Percussion Angel Limon Logan Norton Marie Matson Timpani Matthew Haramia

Bassoon Nick Akdag Maciej Flis Alexis Leon

Harp Elisabeth Huston Celesta Petra Persolja

French Horn Jon Titmus Hayden Amendola Rachel Berry Anna Pierson

Violin I Julissa Bozman Sharon Cooper Laura Liang Tara Gilson

Violin I (cont.) Anna Papikin Danica Neuhaus Sally Berman Violin II Michelina Wright Caroline Allison Xaman Kryger Brandon Martinez Donna Accardo Kristi Holstein Katie Bandy Viola Diane Gilbert Karen Long Tamara Relph Natalie Spevak Joseph Parcher Cello Hovik Hovhannisyan David Mason Britta Thomas Alex Bozman Jenny Yoon Bass Barry Newton Donavan Rutledge Carla Capolupo

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Ballet Academy Ventura/VCB Alumni: Jasmine Duncan: University Southern California: Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change Olivia Gaston: University of California Santa Barbara – Feminist Studies Maia Virtue: Ventura College Shalyn Bibbens: Adventure College Charlotte Fox: University of California Santa Barbara: Biological Sciences Marley Reinig: Michigan State University: International Studies (Business) Alexandra Roth: Grand Canyon University: Forensic Science Kira Tebbe: University of Cincinnati: Biology, specializing in Medical Sciences Roxey Newman: University of Utah: Dance Tia Johnson: University of California, Irvine: Art Madeline Offerman: University of California, Los Angeles: Cellular and Molecular Biology Madeleine Riddle: Pepperdine University: Theatre Arts and Dance Anastacia Barnaby: Cal State University, Northridge: Liberal Studies Danna Friedman: California State University, Sonoma: Elementary Education: Dance extracurricular Corynn McAtee: Parsons the New School for Design, New York Chelsea Portugal: American River College: Early Childhood education Hana Goldstone: $40,000 scholarship: Columbia University: Dance Samantha Schilke: State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara Shannon Finnegan: Scholarship: California State University, Long Beach: Dance Chloe Donnelly: California State University, San Francisco: Communications/Dance Taylor Montgomery: California State University: Communications Rachel Arnold: California State University, Long Beach: Dance Steven Flores: full scholarship: California Institute of the Arts: Dance Virginia Shields: University of California, Santa Barbara: B.S. Mechanical Engineering Sharlee Horton: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, B.S Business Administration Kristin Rice: Moorpark College Sabrina Rosengren: University of California, Los Angeles: English Melissa Radley: Scholarship: Brigham Young University: Dance Adrian Torres: Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre: New York Sarah Grether: Stuttgart Ballet, Germany Megan Philipp: Scholarship: Butler University: B.A. Dance, M.A. Dance Pedagogy, New York University Vanessa Stowers: Scholarship Butler University: B.A. Dance Lucia Edlinger: Berlin Opera Ballet: Germany Amy Womer: Full scholarship: Butler University: Graduate B.A. Dance, M.A Dance, Purchase College, New York Jennifer Hutchison: University of California, Los Angeles: B.A Dance/Psychology, M.S., Ph.D. Psychology

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Production Crew Stage Manager: Marina Fliagina, Kathleen Noblin Oxnard Performing Arts Center Supervisor: Buster Akrey Ventura College Performing Arts Center Supervisor: Zachary Silveira Ballet Mistress: Marina Fliagina, Kathleen Noblin Parent Volunteer Guild: Alyssa Poelstra Backstage Props and Quick changes: Rochelle Roman Brown Paper Tickets: Michelle Parcher Community Outreach Chair: Meggen Maloney Costume Design: Kathleen Noblin, Ann DeFarra, Kathleen Herbert, Kathy Amelio, Barbara Viruetta, Barbara Whalen, Ernestina Ponce Costume Mistress: Kathleen Noblin Dressing Room Monitor and Cuing: Michelle Parcher Flowers: Teresa Brumit Hospitality/ Concessions: Marin Stuve Gram Co-Chairs: Hannah Curtis, Melissa Lefler Group Sales: Michelle Edwards Groupon Ticket and Box Office Chair: Lillie and Matthew Parker Lobby Sales Co- Chairs: Amy Watts, Allison Ferguson Make-up Chair: Jocelyn Collis Media Relations: Tara Pielaet, Cheryl Sills Sugar Plum Party and Raffle Chair: Casey Steiner and Alisa Hall Packers and Loaders Chair: Norbert Tan Poster, Flyer and Program Cover Design: Tara Pielaet Program Advertising: Tara Pielaet Photographer: Tara Pielaet Security: Michelle Parcher Set Construction: Lisa Kelly, John Tyler, Joshua Noblin, Benny Stowers Small Props, Headpieces and Hand sewing: Kathleen Noblin Ticket takers/ Program/ Ushers: Julia and David Marsden

The Ventura County Ballet

Would like to thank all of the volunteers who gave so selflessly of their time to make this year’s Nutcracker a great success. Without our wonderful volunteers these productions would not be possible. Nutcracker 2019| 53


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Red Shoes Donors President’s Circle ($50,000) Jordan & Sandra Laby Sakharoff Foundation Angels ($10,000) Miss Helen M. Yunker E & S Financial Dr. & Mrs. Ronald D. Noblin Donna Santo Katherine & Dennis Swanson Producer ($5,000) Sylvia Alvarez Avnet – Dollars for Doers Program Capital Mortgage Services Meister Family Foundation K & M Enterprises Marion Witte & Angel Heart Foundation Director’s Circle ($2,500) Anonymous Freddie & Al Contarino Gloisten Family Foundation Diane & Peter Goldenring Glenda & John Hammer Stephen Kipp & Kipp Financial Cynthia Loughman Barbara & Ish Messer Eileen & Michael Riddle Lori & Eric Swanson Barbara and John Tyler We Will Never Forget Foundation Danseur Noble ($1,000) Emma & Dave Armstrong Pauline & John Arnold Dr & Mrs. H. Royer Collins Arthur & Jennifer Flynn Janet & Mark Goldenson Dr. & Mrs. Kim George Lauterbach Elise & William Kearney Nelly K Mac, MD David McDaniel Tara Pielaet & Acel Troutman Marylyn & Terry Ragan Scripps Howard Foundation Prima Ballerina ($500) Sam Ag Amgen Neal Andrews Teryn Barber Kristina Brook

Prima Ballerina ($500) Bonnie & Don Carlton County Commerce Bank Linda Fisher Nicole & Aaron Gaston Lisa & John Hofer John Magnus Mrs. & Mr. Morera Ben & Julia Namba Toby & Tierney Noblin Anne Larsen & Steve Offerman Lisa & Tim Ortiz Irma & Frank Paramo John Paul Products Misty & Ernest Romero Stewart Title of California Teresa Thomas United Way Lynn & Norman Weitzel Principal ($250) Denise Bean-White Elena Brokaw City National Bank Community West Bank Community Memorial Hospital Downtown Ventura Partners Harry Cozen Economy Plumbing Simon Gamer, DDS Werner & Gail Gramckow Grossman Imaging Mary & Spencer Hartman Linda Lefler Alicia Maris Loretta & Mike Mereweather Michael Miles Dr. & Mrs. Dan Murphy Kaye & James O’Mara Pam & Bob Reinig Mary Kay & Kenneth Roth Clifton Simonson Olivia & Lawrence Smith Chris & Wendy Ullrich Ed & Hilda Warren Soloist ($100) Dr. & Mrs. Mel Cheatham Lindy Chau Dawn Dana Dr. & Mrs. John Edison Paul Hannah, DDS Jessica & Harvey Harris Kay & Lee Hill Eunice M. Koch Marie Lakin Jack & Lynn LeTourneau Lum Eye and Vision Center Joan Mancuso

Soloist ($100) Julie & Paul Meissner Carla Mulford Ezerrene Noblin Dorothy & Bernard Novatt Erick Oltmann Elmerina & David Pugh Holly & Devin Rasey Flavia Ritterstein Michelle & Tony Strauss Mel & Judith Swope Mary Lou & Larry Thomas Anne & Vincent Vitale Norma & William F. Zuber, MD Ventura County Ballet Would Like To Thank The Following Contributors: Sandra & Jordan Laby: San Buenaventura Foundation for the Arts Ventura College Ventura County Star Cumulus Media Gold Coast Broadcasting Teresa Brumit Don Carlton Realtors Cheek Construction John Parker Designs Amy Aguilar: Scripps Howard Grant Ventura Harbor Self Storage Southwest Airlines American Girl Island Packers Wheels of Fun Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum Guinness Book of Records Moxi Museum Aloha Steakhouse Magic Mountain Cabi by Susan Sinclair ColourPop Cosmetics Disneyland Resort Island Packers Lazertag Extreme LimeLife by Alcone with Deena Huckestein MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation Patagonia Skating Plus Six Flags Magic Mountain Urbane Cafe

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2019 Ventura County Ballet  

Ventura County Ballet, Ventura County’s premiere regional ballet return for its 21st year to perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Oxn...

2019 Ventura County Ballet  

Ventura County Ballet, Ventura County’s premiere regional ballet return for its 21st year to perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Oxn...

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