See ‘The Nutcracker’ at Warwick High School

By on December 13, 2017

Newcomer Reagan Connell (seated), will be dancing the role of Clara in Laurel Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 16 and 17 at Warwick High School. She is pictured with castmates (left to right) Saren Williams, Rat King; Baylee Sexton, Dew Drop Fairy; Ashley Antkowiak, Snow Queen; and Emma Melochick, Sugar Plum Fairy.


Laurel Dance Company will be performing its 15th production of “The Nutcracker,” on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz.

The show is being choreographed and directed again by Kristina Grant of Harrisburg.

Laurel Dance Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dance company and resides in its own dance studio in Ephrata, PA. They opened the studio in August.

This year’s Clara will be performed by newcomer, Reagan Connell. Reagan is 10 years old and attends Lititz Christian School. Reagan has been dancing for five years. She attended LDC’s Nutcracker production last year to watch a friend in the show and thought that it looked like it would be fun to do, so she auditioned in August. Reagan was surprised and delighted that she was given the lead part of Clara. As a newcomer, she did not expect to land the prized role.

Many familiar LDC faces are returning to the stage. The Three Queens or Fairies are being played by returning LDC members, Ashley Antkowiak from East Earl, Snow Queen; Baylee Sexton from Elizabethtown, The Dew Drop Fairy; and Emma Melochick from Minersville, The Sugar Plum Fairy. Sisters Saren and Katherine Williams along with their dad, Matt, are returning to perform together again. Saren will be playing the Rat King and the Russian lead. Katherine will be the Russian doll and the Arabian lead. Matt will play Clara’s father.

Other returning members are sisters Natalia and Liviana Caridi. Natalia is playing Clara’s naughty brother, Fritz. Paula Sauder is making her 14th appearance and reprises her role of Oma Stahlbaum. David Hurst is appearing in his 15th consecutive show and returns as Clara’s eccentric godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer.

Besides enjoying the holiday classic, the audience members will also have opportunities to win prizes at the event. Each board member is creating a themed basket. They include a basket of handmade soaps, “A Taste of Lancaster County” and “Land of Sweets.”

Tickets purchased in advance will be sold at a discounted price, along with tickets for seniors and students. Advanced purchases can be made online by searching “Laurel Dance Nutcracker” at Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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