Several students from Hammond Eastside Magnet, an International Baccalaureate World School and performing arts magnet, participated in the Hammond Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”
The following students auditioned and were granted roles:
Payton Harrell, a first-grader, was cast as a bunny soldier who pulled the Rat King’s tail during the battle scene.
Savannah Johnson, a first-grader, played a soldier in the battle scene and a lamb whodanced with shepherdesses Marzipan and Clara.
Mykell Jones, a fifth-grader, played a party boy who danced and played with Fritz as well as a brigade soldier in the battle scene.
Brooke Mauer, a third-grader, played a tall mouse that tried attacking Clara to get her nutcracker and an angel who helped light the way to the “Land of the Sweets.”
Chelsea Swanner, a first-grader, was cast as a soldier during the battle scene and an angel as well.
Braden Greer, a fourth-grader, played a leading role as Fritz, the brother who broke Clara’s nutcracker.
Clara, a leading role, was played by Hammond Eastside’s Eva Delatte, a fifth-grader.
As a performing arts magnet and International Baccalaureate World School, HEM encourages students to be involved in the community, a news release from the school said.