Eighty-two Ketchikan Theatre
Ballet Students Featured
December 10, 2003
Wednesday - 1:00 am
Ketchikan, Alaska - Those attending the "Nutcracker"
were the recipients of a magnificent and enchanting performance.
"Nutcracker", an annual tradition, featured eighty-two
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet
students ages 8 to 18 and nineteen "guys" - everyone
one from "Fritz" to "Drosselmeyer". Over
100 volunteers helped out before the performances and backstage.
"Nutcracker" was performed Friday and Saturday evening
at Ketchikan High School Auditorium.
Katie Chappell (standing)
and Katie Cronk while performing in the dance "Arabian"
during Ketchikan Theater Ballet's 2003 "Nutcracker".
Photo by Les Cronk ©2003
Bryan Williams was this year's
"Prince". Williams currently lives in Chicago where
he dances with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company. He is the Gus
Giordano Jazz Dance Company's youngest member ever at the age
of 19. The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet hired the "Prince"
because KTB did not currently have any male dancers of the right
age to perform the part.
The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet,
started by Virginia Klepser, has been in business for over 40
years and is the oldest dance studio in the state of Alaska.
In the late 1960's Klepser sold the dance studio to a board of
directors and it became a non-profit organization known as the
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet.
According to Laura Cronk, KTB Business Manager, Ketchikan Theatre
Ballet currently has approximately 230 students ranging in ages
from 4 to 18 enrolled in ballet, tap and jazz classes. There
are five instructors who teach a total of 63 classes each week.
In addition to the Business Manager, KTB also has an office assistant
and a part-time janitor.
Cronk said the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet puts on three productions
each year - "Nutcracker" the first week of December
which features KTB's mid to upper level ballet dancers; "An
Evening of Dance" the last week of February as part of Ketchikan's
Festival of the North celebration featuring KTB's Junior and
Senior Company members in an array of ballet, tap and jazz; and
KTB's Spring Gala the second week of May featuring all KTB students
in their annual recital.
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