ToniAnn Chetta and David Rochon will perform as guest artists when the River Region Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 4-6 in the auditorium of Destrehan High school, 1 Wildcat Lane, Destrehan. Tickets are $20 in advance. Full performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.
An abbreviated one-hour children’s matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $15 in advance. This performance will be followed by a Sugar Plum Party during which audience members will be invited to join the Sugar Plum Fairy on stage and experience “The Kingdom of Sweets” for themselves. They can meet and talk to their favorite characters, experience what it’s like to be on the stage under the glowing lights and take pictures.
All seats are reserved. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.brownpaper tickets.com. Tickets will cost $5 more at the door, where only cash and checks will be accepted.
Grace Raymond, daughter of Bobby and Johanna Raymond, of Destrehan, will be performing the role of Clara. She first performed in “The Nutcracker” as a little girl and made her way through roles as a mouse, a mouse lieutenant, a candy cane, a gumdrop, a friend, a snow flake, Arabian maiden, waltz finale and, this year, Clara. “Ever since my first year in ‘The Nutcracker,’ as the little girl, I have dreamed about performing as Clara,” Raymond said. “Now that it is here, I am so excited about performing and have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsals.”
Chetta and Rochon will be dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.
River Region Ballet soloists in “The Nutcracker” are Elizabeth Gilmore, Kaela Hymel and Lianne Keller.
Featured dancers and corps de ballet are Thomas Eli Brooks, Veronica Brouillette, Madison Cancienne, Delaney Carson, Natalie Gilmore, Nicole Gilmore, LeeAnn Hovis, Joshua Hymel, Evan Keller, Katelyn Moore, Ashley Payne, Caroline Payne, Noelle Raymond, Claire Seymour, Laura Sullivan, Paul Sullivan and Jessica Vaughn.
Other dancers are Hunter Adams, Sean Adams, Grace Ayton, Emily Ayton, Caison Berthelot, Phoebe Bolden, Violet Bordes, Emma Cazentre, Raelynn Dufrene, Vaniess Dufrene IV, Mary Clare Eastland, Ethan Fontenot, Madelyn Gilbert, Claire Girardot, Dakota Goodson, Caroline Green, Adelaide Harms, Lizzie Holden, Sydney Konur, Ella LeGrange, Ainsley Lloyd, Emma Loup, Amelia Mire, Corinne Mitchell, Isabella Nagele, Hannah Ohlsson, Crystal Rechen, Cody Reech, Brennan Reech, Gabriella Robles, Grace Rome, Andrea Rozas, Elizabeth Schweitzer, Eelyn Stein-Donaldson, Zadie Stowe, Camryn Swint, Lauren Webre and Cameron Williams.
Featured actors are Steven Fontenot as Uncle Drosselmeyer, Paul Sullivan as the Mouse King, Thomas Eli Brooks as the Nutcracker, Warren Hovis as the grandfather and Mother Ginger, Henry Sorbet as Mr. Silberhaus, Megan Harms as Mrs. Silberhaus and Brenden Oster as Fritz. Also performing in the party scene are Darby Berthelot, Delaney Carson, Karrie Hovis, Joshua Hymel, Evan Keller, Shelley Keller, Robert Oster, Stacey Payne and Erika Spengler.