Local Children’s Cast Announced for The Nutcracker

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Sept. 30, 2022 – 70 local children, ages 7 to 15, have been chosen to dance alongside the world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet during the Canadian company’s four performances of The Nutcracker at Walton Arts Center on Nov. 25-27.

Local children’s cast members include Alise January, Elena Webb, Channing Bonner, Makenzee Floyd, Rae Warren, Anslee Ledbetter, Alexandria Owen, Anya Zazal, Alexandra Shatlinnko, Kyleigh Geuvin, Emma Victoria Gonzalez, Zooey Emery, Caroline Fite, Harper Vo as angels. Brynne Smith, Mariah Bowie as Dieter. Briella Tencleue, Penelope Morrisey, Spencer Hood, Emma Muldoon as Mounties.

London Terrell, Rainey Stewart, Collins Fite, Aven Miller, Elliet Knight, Ella Grace Haas, Blair Sykes, Shiloh Stickney as Mice. Emma Kay Geuvin, Cora Green, Hannah Hale at Party Boys and Addie Mala, Julianne Pavis, Heleena Lenoir, Katie Leonard as Party Girls. Quinn Ballew, Kaylin Nix, Sofia Merriman, Katherine Reed, Laylee Wheatley, Jude Abohammda, Harbor Geng as Reindeers.

Finley Apperson, Cecilia Krause, Nora Leonhard, Addy Womack, Abigal Stinson, Camilla Baldin, Chaney Cole, Barrett Buckley, Emilie McGinnis, Mia Valle, Leot Cochran, Linden Miesner, Iya Urso, Riley Gibson, Genevieve Barber, Scarlett Fendley, Mettie Patterson, Margot Rozzell, Amelia Smith, Campbell Buckley, Addison Sperry, Virginia Crifasi, Audrey Speight, Zoey Lee as Polar Bears.

This storybook journey takes us into the heart of a timeless fairytale, where we watch Clara battle the evil Mouse King, dance with sugar plum fairies and fall in love with the dashing Nutcracker prince.

Tickets are $20-53 for a memorable night of festive family entertainment. Purchase tickets in person at Walton Arts Center Box Office weekdays 10 am until 2 pm, by calling 479.443.5600 weekdays 10 am until 5 pm or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

While it is tradition for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company to give local children the opportunity to perform with them, there’s a new opportunity this year for kids, teens and adults who dream of becoming professional dancers. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is holding North American auditions for the opportunity to join their company. Walton Arts Center is one of only two audition locations in the United States. Auditions are January 23 and 24, and details are available at Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s website.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.