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Dance Factory performing 'Nutcracker' at Young Auditorium

December 06, 2012

The most beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, will be performed by The Dance Factory at UW-Whitewater's Young Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Watch this classic ballet brought to life by a cast of talented local dancers under the artistic directon of Tina Lendman in a dazzling production enhanced by radiant costumes and the thrilling music of Tchaikovsky.

Tickets are priced at $18, $16, and $14 for general public and $14 for UW-Whitewater students. Purchase tickets by calling (262) 472-2222, or online at

This holiday themed ballet focuses on a young girl named Clara, who is given an extraordinary nutcracker as a Christmas gift from the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer.

After seeing the nutcracker her brother is stricken with jealously and wants to play with it immediately. In a tug of war between the two the doll breaks and Clara is left devastated. When all seems lost, the nutcracker emerges as a life size warrior who defeats the Rat Queen`s troops and reveals himself as a handsome prince.

He escorts Clara to the Kingdom of Sweets for an enchanting show, featuring an astonishing number of dancing displays before she awakens back in her own room.

The Dance Factory is proud to present the production of The Nutcracker featuring local dancers. The cast includes Elizabeth D'Auria as Clara, Alexis Kokodynski as Fritz, Pam Williams as Mother, David Tarlo as Herr Drosselmeyer, Dakota Sammons as Baker, MacKenzie Rhyan as Harlequin, Isabella VanDyke and Emily Haak as Gypsy, Kelsey Lee as Columbine and Colleen Teska as the Nutcracker.

The rest of the cast includes: Annabelle Alberts, Katie Aldred, Taylor Aldred, Katie Anderson, Molly Bergstrom, Devin Brookover, Clara Burtard, Megan Clifford, Elizabeth Craig, Wyatt Debow, Victoria Dewey, Rylyn Donahue, Makena Ekman, Ysabel Fredrickson, Logan Fritsch, Emily Gardner, Paige Gilbert, Ellie Goff, Ashley Gregory, Haley Guest, Katelyn Guest, Carrie Haak, Emily Haak, Maisie Hale, Teagan Hale, Kristin Hardwick, Skylar Harlan, Courtney Harshman, Kendra Heath, Baylee Hertel, Morgan Holmes, Mackenzie Janisch, Zachary Jeppsen, Jeannie Korczak, Haleigh Lange, Kelsey Lee, Greer Lettenberger, Emily Lich, Amya Lopez, Sonya Manriquez, Arianna Mendiola, Cosette Nawrocki, Kayden Oberle, Kelly O'Hara, Mikayla Person, Ava Pezza, Mariah Prom, Summer Prom, Kami Rhyan, MacKenzie Rhyan, Nell Ritchey, Tessa Ritchey, Karin Ross, Kaeleigh Runnells, Lexi Runnells, Alexandria Salas, Paige Sammons, Megan Schmidt, Bryn Shea, Noah Skilling, Sophia Tarlo, Colleen Teska, Isabella VanDyke, Lorien VanDyke, Olivia VanDyke, Allison Wallace, Elizabeth Wallace, Madeline Wallace, Julia Warren, Ella Weerts, Emmaleigh Welka, Carmen Wells, Mackenzie Wickersham.