Catherine Bonaventure, an eighth-grader at Runnels Junior High, will dance the role of Clara in Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s 2015 production of “The Nutcracker — A Tale from the Bayou.”
“All girls picture themselves as Clara,” she said. “For me, it’s like a dream come true.”
Bonaventure, who auditioned for “The Nutcracker” at the Dancers’ Workshop in September, will share the part of Clara with three other dancers. Each Clara will appear in only one performance.
She has been in “The Nutcracker” four times, appearing as a mouse, a party girl, an angel and a bonbon.
As a member of BRBT’s Youth Company, she danced in the 2015 summer tour production of “High Jinx in Paris,” which was performed at local libraries, summer camps and community centers.
Bonaventure is the daughter of Dr. Shelley Martin and Todd Bonaventure.
“The Nutcracker” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 19-20 at the River Center.