September 21, 2014

Christmas in the Canyon

 

33rd ANNUAL TOPANGA NUTCRACKER BALLET BROUGHT WARMTH & GOOD CHEER TO THE SEASON

PHOTO BY DEJA CROSS © 2013

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The Merlitons (Toy Flutes) showcased the best of the Nutcracker ballerinas, including (front row, from left) Amelia Lampard, Saisha Brody, Brynn Lowry, ending with a tableau enhanced by (back row, from left) Ind

This year, 10 ballerinas danced en pointe in the Topanga Nutcracker Ballet.

“It was a year of celebration of talent, hard work and achieving the ballerina’s dream of dancing en pointe,” said Sherry Jason, who added that this is the most students at any one time that have graduated to point work at her Ballet for Topanga studio.

PHOTO BY DEJA CROSS © 2013

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The Spanish Dance featured spectacular performances by talented young dancers led by Levko Fedorowycz (center) as the Spanish Prince with the Spanish Princesses by Levko Fedorowycz (center) as the Spanish Prince and the Spanish Princesses (from left), Leila Iredell, Maude Soper, Esme Lee and Fiona Engstad.

Every year, each performer in this annual production is hailed as a star during three nights of packed houses, booing the evil Mouse King, cheering for the Nutcracker Prince and ahhing over the beauty and agility of the dancers and Tchaikovsky’s music.

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AsMother Gigone (Ginger), Joe Grassi (rear) guarded the “Tumblers” (front row, l-r) Kalyna Fedorowycz, Catalina Brody, Claire Murphy and (back row, l-r) Silanchi Erickson, Augusta Sykes and Lys Fedorowycz, all ballet dancers in the making.

There is nothing comparable to our own Topanga Nutcracker Ballet, where for 33 years Sherry and Bob Jason have presented this time-tested fairy tale romance through which we see our littlest children grow in poise and confidence over the years in a beautiful setting.

“As always, each Nutcracker has its own personality,” said Jason, “and it was a joy to see even three-year-olds work their very hardest to make the pictures a beautiful tapestry.”

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Always a heart-warmer, the lovely “Pas de Papa” featured ballerinas partnered by their adoring fathers.

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Topanga Nutcracker Ballet Choreographer Sherry Jason, left, playingMother, receives a rose from Uncle Drosselmeyer, played by Gabriel Brody, in the 33rd annual holiday production.

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A grand jeté by Amelia Lampard as the Nutcracker/Prince wowed the audience on Saturday, Dec. 14.

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The Waltz of the Flowers featured, from left, Amelia Lampard, Lily Hamilton, Saisha Brody, Madeline Lampard, Brynn Lowry and Ainslie Irvin, all en pointe.

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At her family’s holiday party, Clara, played by Lily Hamilton on Saturday, Dec. 14, adored the nutcracker given to her by Uncle Drosselmeyer, played by Gabriel Brody.



SNOW NIGHT AT PINE TREE CIRCLE

PHOTO BY KELLY ROCKWELL

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Christy Wilson and daughter Emelie Dechant enjoyed a hearty potluck, hot cocoa, the snow and caroling accompanied by Doug Roy and his Topanga Brass Band.

Thanks to Steve and Leslie Carlson’s annual Christmas gift of Snow Night, December 21 brought snow to Topanga and a generous potluck to warm the hearts of the season’s celebrants as they skated, slid and had free-for-all snowball fights.

Every year Snow Night brings a potluck, friends and carolers accompanied by Doug Roy and the Topanga Brass Band together to enjoy the fun part of snow without having to shovel or drive in it.

Photographer Kelly Rockwell and her two young children called it quits when the hour got late and she found herself on the wrong end of a snowball.

PHOTO BY KELLY ROCKWELL

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Gracie Bateman and friends enjoyed singing along with the Topanga Brass Band.