GUEST ARTISTS IN
This year, Ms. Calligan has again brought in professional dancers to dance alongside the lead roles in the ballet:
Michael Stone will return as the Cavalier dancing with Sugar Plum Fairy, Karley Kintner
Michael recently graduated with his Bachelor’s on scholarship at Southern Methodist University. He’s performed classical works like Giselle and A Midsummer's Night Dream as well as modern works such as Shapiro and Smith's To Have and To Hold and Paul Taylor's Mercuric Tidings. Michael was fortunate to travel to New York City to perform in the 70th Anniversary Jose Limón International Dance Festival as a soloist in the classic work There is a Time. He is a former member of Ballet Dallas, and a former Artist in Residence with North Central Ballet Theater, Festival Ballet Theater, and Collin County Ballet Theatre.
Ezra Schenck dances as the Nutcracker Prince alongside Emmie Urquhart as Clara.
Ezra grew began dancing at a local studio when he was eight years old. At age 15 he joined the Boston Ballet School where he trained for two years. Ezra is currently in his second season dancing at the Sarasota Ballet in Florida as a trainee. He has loved performing since a young age, and hopes to inspire audiences to appreciate the beauty of performing arts.
Colin Meiring will return in his role as Drosselmeyer in the Party Scene. Local performer, Colin Meiring started his Performing Arts career at the age of six, competing in Ballroom dancing and won every National title in South Africa. He diversified into musical theatre, television and film performing around the globe. Colin gained International experience performing, choreographing and directing shows for Royal Caribbean and Silversea Cruises. Colin is also a beloved instructor at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance and Artistic Director at the Vail Performing Arts Academy.