See ‘The Nutcracker’ at CVHS

By on December 12, 2018

Laurel Dance Company of Ephrata will be performing its 16th production of “The Nutcracker,” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Conestoga Valley High School. 2110 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster. The show is choreographed and directed by Kristina Grant of Harrisburg.

This year’s Clara will be performed by newcomer but familiar face, Kassie Leid. Kassie is 11 years old and is a fifth grader at New Holland Elementary. This is Kassie’s first appearance in LDC’s “Nutcracker,” however, she started her dancing career at the age of two when the studio was known as Laurel Dance Performing Arts Center. Kassie now takes lessons at Pulse Dance Studio in Lititz where she studies Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Theater, Contemporary and is a part of their competition team.

Other leads of the show are as follows: Grace Ann Acebo, from Lititz will be Snow Queen for Sunday’s Performance along with the Ballerina Doll, Marzipan lead, and Flower Demi Lead. She will be joined on stage again with her dad, Brian, who is reprising his role as Opa Stahlbaum.

Her sister, Colleen Dennis, a newcomer to LDC, is also part of the cast. The Snow Queen for Saturday’s performance; and The Dew Drop Fairy will be played by Emma Melochick from Minersville. Laura Battle of Ephrata is the Chinese Lead. Courtney Taylor of Lititz is the Harlequin Doll and the Spanish Lead. Joelle Maier is The Russian Doll and Lead Russian, and her sister.,Anica, and their mom, Karen, will make appearances also.

Other returning members are sisters Natalia and Liviana Caridi. Natalia returns as Clara’s naughty brother, Fritz. Karen Hershman returns as Clara’s Mom and Mike Dorsheimer will play Clara’s father. Brother and sister Franklin and Cecilia Stotlzfus, and the Klunk brothers, Athan and Bryson, along with their mom, Shanna, return in various roles.

Tacey Sauder and Lizzy Dorsheimer are reprising their roles as the maids, and Kristin Hurdleston returns in a new role of Governess/Head Mistress. Paula Sauder is making her 15th appearance and reprises her role of Oma Stahlbaum. David Hurst is appearing in his 16th 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. Gift cards from local businesses and themed baskets from each board member will be among the prizes.

Tickets purchased in advance will be sold at a discounted price, along with tickets for seniors and students.

Advanced purchases can be made online at For more information regarding “Nutcracker” and/or classes at the studio, visit or email


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