presentation of the NUTCRACKER BALLET will be dazzling
audiences December 13 and 14, 2014 dancers from
will perform with a cast of over 100 Ballet Wichita company dancers. The Ballet
Wichita Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jay Decker, performs
Tchaikovsky’s timeless symphony.
Artistic Director, Jill Landrith, formerly a soloist with the West German ballet
company, Aachen Ballet, creates a magical production. Fashioned after the
choreography of the great Russian master, Lev Ivanov, who created the first
Nutcracker Ballet more than 100 years ago, Ballet Wichita’s production blends
exceptional dancing, grand sets and beautiful costumes.
Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, a Principal with Ballet Idaho, will
perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy.
Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti began her training at Chapel Hill
Ballet School of North Carolina and continued at the Academy of the Maryland
Youth Ballet under the direction of Hortensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees. At 17,
Phyllis was accepted on full scholarship to the Rock School of the Pennsylvania
Ballet and performed with Pennsylvania Ballet in company roles. She has danced
for Southern Ballet Theatre and as a principal at Charleston Ballet Theatre. In 2003 Phyllis joined Ballet Idaho/Eugene Ballet under the
direction of Toni Pimble. In 2004, she was promoted to Principal.
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ABOUT BALLET WICHITA: Since 1974, Ballet Wichita has been a leading force in
dance in Kansas, performing original and classical full-length dance productions
in Wichita and communities throughout the state. The company’s annual NUTCRACKER
Ballet performed at Century II, with a full symphony orchestra and guest artists
from across the country is one of the city’s treasured cultural events.
Each year, Ballet Wichita performs a shortened version of the NUTCRACKER for
over 5,000 children from schools across south central Kansas. These annual
matinee performances, often a first time exposure to both dance and live theatre
for students are part of the company's educational outreach program that
includes conducting dance residencies and touring performances throughout the
Jared Hunt, Soloist with Ballet Idaho, will dance the role of
5-foot 9-inches, dancer Jared Hunt is a ballet dynamo. Athletic and powerful, he
moves with silky, smooth coolness. Maybe that’s why the Snow pas de deux in
Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is one of his favorite roles. You can see him
dance it with ballerina Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti.
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Ballet Wichita is non-profit arts agency, offering exceptional educational
and performance experiences in dance for a company of nearly 100 dancers each
year; our mission is to advance the beauty and appreciation of art through
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Dr. Jay Decker
Dr. Jay Decker Professor Emeritus of Music Wichita State
University Jay Decker joined the Wichita State University faculty in 1971 and
served as professor of music, conductor of the WSU Symphony Orchestra and
Director of String Studies until his retirement in 1998. Concurrently with his
duties at WSU he was also the associate conductor of the Wichita Symphony