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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Go See These Fort Thomas Students in the 40th Anniversary of the Nutcracker

These three Fort Thomas students will perform in the 40th anniversary of the Nutcracker/Provided

by Allison Murphy
FTM Guest Contributor

As Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary, three local students will perform in the Cincinnati Ballet’s whimsical production

The show will be produced and choreographed by Victoria Morgan, CEO and Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet, December 19-27.

Performers, CiCi Murphy, Michelle Chalk, and Mary Price are students in the Fort Thomas school system. These talented young dancers have been hard at work since their August auditions. In addition to weekly rehearsals, they continue to attend regularly scheduled dance classes and academic studies. These young women have the unique opportunity to dance alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company of dancers.

Michelle Chalk, pictured left, is a 6th grader at Highlands Middle School (HMS). This is her second year performing in the Nutcracker. Last year, she was a “party boy” in the Christmas party scene. This year she will perform the role of “soldier” in the battle scene against the evil mice. Michelle has been performing since a very young age. She currently dances at Dance Express in Fort Thomas. She is also a cheerleader at HMS, a member of student council, and she sings regularly at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish.

CiCi Murphy, pictured middle, is a 4th grader at Johnson Elementary School. This is her 3rd year performing in the Nutcracker. Previous roles include, “bumblebee”, “cupcake girl” and “baby mice”. This year, she is excited to perform two roles, “snowball” and “chick”. Both roles incorporate dance and acrobatics. She is excited to be in Act 1 and Act 2. CiCi has taken dance in her younger years, but is now a competitive gymnast on the Top Flight Gymnastics’ Artistic Team. She also enjoys playing basketball in the winter Moyer League and diving for Highland Country Club in the summer.

Mary Price, pictured right, is a 7th grader at HMS. This is her second year in the Nutcracker. Last year she was as a soldier. This year, she is looking forward to performing in the opening scene as a “delivery boy”. She has to quickly change costumes to resume her role as “soldier” in Act I. Mary has been a dancer at Manyet Dance Studio for 7 years. She is part of their Junior Dance Troup and Hip Hop Dance Team. At HMS, Mary is a member of the broadcasting club. Mary hopes to be a professional dancer one day.

Don’t’ miss this holiday family tradition. Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker performances begin December 19, and run through December 27 at The Aronoff Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $32. For ticketing information visit or contact the Cincinnati Ballet Box Office at (513) 621-5282.

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