Meet the Nutcracker Cast Blog

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Meet Big Party Girl/Dignitary Emily!Emily

This is my 5th year in the nutcracker. My first year I was a plumette, I danced in the second act with two other plumettes and the sugar plum fairy. Our costumes were super cute, we had mini tutus that were all pink with little tiaras. My second year I was a gingerbread girl, my favorite memory of that part was crawling out of mother ginger’s skirt and popping up on stage, with all the other gingerbread girls. There were 13 of us so it was very crowded! My third year I was a gingerbread girl again but also a little party girl, I danced in the party scene in the first act. That has been my favorite part so far because there was a ton of acting involved and we danced with the party dads who picked us up in the March of the Nutcracker Dance. Then last year, I was again a gingerbread girl which I was more than happy about because the gingerbread girl dance was so lively and energetic and tons of fun! This year I’m a dignitary which so far has been so much fun the dance is super fast with lots of little steps which is a challenge. And this year, I’m also a older party girl. It’s my first part on pointe which i’m so excited about, I’ve been on pointe a year and a half, so it’s also a challenge.

I’ve been dancing for 9 years. I started when i was 3 years old at a place called little gym. It closed about 5 years ago. I was there with my cousins and we did gymnastics, tap and ballet. After that I did a year of ballet at the rec center. After that, I moved to Boulder Ballet and I’ve been there since.

I tried out for the Nutcracker because, even before I started ballet, my entire extended family would go to Boulder Ballet’s Nutcracker, every year. It became a tradition I looked forward to all year – Nutcracker was the highlight of my Thanksgiving. All my cousins and I would dress up our American Girl dolls, bring them to the show and have sit on our laps while we watched. When I was 8, I was finally old enough to try out, and I was thrilled to finally be in the show that I had watched for so many years.

I have 2 really fun characters this year! In the dignitary role, I dance with a lot of my friends and the dance itself is really fun. The costumes are super awesome and unique. And older party girl is really cheerful and upbeat. There’s also a lot of acting in the party scene which is a fun challenge. Party girl is my first part on pointe and I’m one of the younger dancers in this role. Most of the other dancers have been on pointe longer and are more experienced than me.

I hope my love for dance and my love for the Nutcracker will help make my characters the best they can be. Nutcracker has really been part of me so I hope it will really show on stage.

Something you don’t know about me is that on the weekends I ski. I have a cabin in Winter Park that I go up to almost every weekend (when Nutcracker is over). I go up Friday night after my class than ski Saturday, Sunday, and since i’m homeschooled,sometimes part of Monday until I have to go down for ballet class.

Meet 8 year old Lexie Miller who is cast in the role of a MouseLexie Miller

I’ve been dancing ballet for 5 years. This is my first Nutcracker year. Last year when I saw the Nutcracker I really couldn’t wait to try out. The entire way home after the performance, we were talking about it. I really like the music. I like the scenery. I like when it snows. I was really thrilled to get in because there were so many people who auditioned, and I was sure I wasn’t going to get the part. I am excited to be a mouse because they are cute and fuzzy. I think it might be hard to catch the cheese and do everything on the right counts— it’s a lot to keep track of. I like that the mice have a lot of scampering about and I get to toss cheese. I want to be a cookie as soon as I have enough years of dancing to get that part. I’m really nervous to get on stage because it’s a lot of people watching!! Something you probably don’t know about me is that the root word Lex means words and I love to read. I also play the violin and I do synchronized swimming.

Meet 9 year old Lexi Zeilbeck who is cast in the role of a MouseLexi Zeilbeck

I am so very excited this will be my very first Nutcracker performance. I have been taking ballet off and on for the last 4 years. I remember watching The Nutcracker for the very first time when I was 5 years old. I looked at my mom after the performance and said, “I want to be in that show.” When I was finally able to audition with Boulder Ballet I knew I had to try out.The audition was fun and scary at the same time. There were so many people that auditioned. I have done many musical theatre productions in the past, and have never been in competition with so many talented people at one time. I love that as a mouse I get to throw around cheese with my other mouse castmates. My goal in the future is to have the role of Clara. One thing people might not know about me is I love science and dream of going to space someday. I am counting down the days until my first Nutcracker performance, and cannot wait to share this experience with all of my new friends.