CFISD students to perform in HRB’s production of The Nutcracker

November 18, 2016

Twenty-two CFISD students will perform in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s 15th annual performance of The Nutcracker Dec. 2-4. Pictured (front row, from left) are: Catharine Pequeño, Evelyn Nava, Elizabeth Cermak, Karina Chaidez, Sarah Cermak, Lucy Adams and Ariana Chaidez; (middle row) Lauren McClure, Daniella Rodriquez, Isabella Wallace, Katie McElroy, Rachel Pastrano, Camilla Vacek, Victoria Vasisko and Clarissa Wallace; and (back row) Mary Damian, Grace Schlafer, Henry Ginsburg, Paige Hacker, Bobby Ginsburg, Andreina Hurtado and Hannah Stautzenberger. (Photo courtesy Paige Hacker)
Twenty-two CFISD students will perform in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s 15th annual performance of The Nutcracker Dec. 2-4. Pictured (front row, from left) are: Catharine Pequeño, Evelyn Nava, Elizabeth Cermak, Karina Chaidez, Sarah Cermak, Lucy Adams and Ariana Chaidez; (middle row) Lauren McClure, Daniella Rodriquez, Isabella Wallace, Katie McElroy, Rachel Pastrano, Camilla Vacek, Victoria Vasisko and Clarissa Wallace; and (back row) Mary Damian, Grace Schlafer, Henry Ginsburg, Paige Hacker, Bobby Ginsburg, Andreina Hurtado and Hannah Stautzenberger. (Photo courtesy Julie Hacker)

Nov. 18, 2016—Twenty-two CFISD students have been cast in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s 15th annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring HRB alumni Elizabeth Keller (principal, Ballet Idaho) as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Justin Hughes (principal, Idaho Ballet) as the Cavalier and Andrew Taft (principal, Idaho Ballet) as the Snow King, with the Cypress Philharmonic directed by Glynnes Lanthier.

Langham Creek High School student Andreina Hurtado (Mouse Queen) and Jersey Village High School student Bobby Ginsburg (Nutcracker) joined a meet and greet at Barnes & Noble on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Paige Hacker)
Langham Creek High School student Andreina Hurtado (Mouse Queen) and Jersey Village High School student Bobby Ginsburg (Nutcracker) joined a meet and greet at Barnes & Noble on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy Julie Hacker)

CFISD students will dance some lead roles this year. Henry and Bobby Ginsburg, brothers from Jersey Village High School, will be sharing the role of the Nutcracker.  Andreina Hurtado of Langham Creek will play the Mouse Queen; and Sarah and Elizabeth Cermak from Langham Creek High School will dance the part of the Dew Drop Fairy.

Founded by nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome, HRB is celebrating 21years of providing professional quality performances. For the last several years, HRB’s productions of The Nutcracker have sold out, prompting HRB to add an additional performance in 2015.

The goal of HRB is to give young, talented, dedicated dancers the serious training needed for them to enter the professional world of dance, and many of them advance to professional ballet companies throughout the country. HRB graduates have danced with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet and other prestigious companies.

CFISD students dress in their Nutcracker garb for a meet-and-greet at Barnes & Noble on Nov. 6. Pictured, from left, are Mary Damian, Daniella Rodriguez, Lucy Adams, Henry Ginsburg, Bobby Ginsburg and Paige Hacker. (Photo courtesy Paige Hacker)
CFISD students dress in their Nutcracker garb for a meet-and-greet at Barnes & Noble on Nov. 6. Pictured, from left, are Mary Damian, Daniella Rodriguez, Lucy Adams, Henry Ginsburg, Bobby Ginsburg and Paige Hacker. (Photo courtesy Julie Hacker)

The Nutcracker performances are Dec. 2, 3 and 4 and tickets can be purchased at www.hrbdance.org.

On Nov. 6, Houston Repertoire Ballet dancers held a Nutcracker meet and greet along with story time at Barnes & Noble for kids in the community and their families.

The following CFISD students will perform in The Nutcracker:

  • Hannah Stautzenberger, Cy-Fair High School;
  • Catharine Pequeño, Cypress Falls High School;
  • Katie McElroy and Grace Schlafer, Cypress Ranch High School;
  • Mary Damian (2016 graduate) and Isabella Wallace, Cypress Woods High School;
  • Bobby Ginsburg and Henry Ginsburg, Jersey Village High School;
  • Elizabeth Cermak, Sarah Cermak, Andreina Hurtado and Rachel Pastrano, Langham Creek High School;
  • Daniella Rodriguez, Aragon Middle School;
  • Evelyn Nava, Campbell Middle School;
  • Paige Hacker, Cook Middle School;
  • Karina Chaidez and Ariana Chaidez, Smith Middle School;
  • Lucy Adams, Camilla Vacek, Victoria Vasisko and Clarissa Wallace, Spillane Middle School; and
  • Lauren McClure, Truitt Middle School.

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