Malibu Teens Mentor Young Dancers for Malibu Civic Ballet’s Annual Local Production of The Nutcracker December 3, 4, And 5

Dreams do come true! Well, according to the dancers of the Malibu Civic Ballet they do. These girls have dreamed and worked and sweated their way to the lead roles in the Malibu Ballet Society's annual production of “The Nutcracker” being performed at The Smothers Theater on the campus of Pepperdine University, December 3-5.

Nutcracker group

To them it seems like yesterday when they were part of “Mommy and Me” classes or flying around the room with scarves and tutus as 4 and 5 year olds. They caught the ballet bug and ever since, have been dedicated to pursuing their dream of becoming accomplished ballerinas and dancing roles like Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy and Snow Queen.

As young girls they themselves looked up to the older dancers for years and now are stepping into the most important roles as inspiration for another generation of young dancers who can fill their slippers. They realize what has brought them to this exciting juncture is that they had role models in their predecessors that gave them the proof that they could achieve their dreams. Strolling the shops of Malibu, it’s not unusual to encounter women who exclaim, “Oh I danced that as a girl!” Others have gone on to careers as professional dancers and instructors.

They now want to pass the tutu on to the new generation of local, young Malibu ballerinas. “Having the older girls to look up to gave me the goal and dream of one day becoming a lead in the Nutcracker! I've imagined this for years and now it's a reality” states Chelsea Montgomery-Duban, who will be performing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy.

Thea Percival, dancing the role of Dew Drop Fairy says, “Dancing in Malibu gave me a passion, a creative outlet and a place to call my own. I hope I can give that gift back to the younger dancers.”

Come and watch as dreams are fulfilled and new ones are born at this season's local Malibu Civic Ballet's production of the “Nutcracker” presented by the Malibu Ballet and Performing Arts Society,

Billed as Malibu’s only local production, it has long been the ONLY area Nutcracker that is cast with Malibu’s own young dancers and supports the local arts community. The production is directed by Diane Linder, the Malibu Civic Ballet’s Artistic Director. Her performance career includes many years as a principal dancer with the Gene Marinaccio American Concert Ballet Company. After serving as artistic director of her own studio for 15 years, Diane joined the faculty at Pepperdine University and directed their dance department. She has choreographed the premiere of an original ballet, “Elizabeth and the Lieutenant”, as well as “The Nutcracker” for the Malibu Civic Ballet.

Principal cast, in alphabetical order, features: Charis Buff; Paige Ceylan; Thea Percival; Allison Ciongoli; Taylor Colby; Sarah Corrigan; Dana Devitt; Ali Gilliams; Samantha Gilliams; Gabriella Grahek; Steven Grahek; Haylee Joseph; Kaitlin Moore; Chelsea Montgomery-Duban; David Robinson-Hicks; Sadie Sandoval; Paige Schwimer; Farah Stack; and dozens of other Malibu residents. Special guest artists include: Tian Tan; Elizabeth Mize; Hai Cohen and Kalani McManusk.

There will be four performances only--Friday, December 3, 7:30PM; Saturday December 4, 2:00PM and 7:30PM; and Sunday, December 5, 2:00PM. The Ballet takes place at The Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265 . Tickets are $35 for premium seating and $25 for general seating. For tickets please call 310.506 4522. Smothers Theatre box office is open noon to 5pm Monday through Friday and for two hours before every scheduled performance. Tickets can be bought in person, over the phone, or online through Ticketmaster (surcharge applies).

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