presentation of the NUTCRACKER BALLET will be dazzling
audiences December 14 and 15, 2013; dancers from
Ballet Idaho 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.
John Frazer, Soloist with Ballet Idaho, will dance the role of
Dorio Perez, formerly a principal dancer with Houston Ballet,
performs the role of Herr Drosselmeyer.
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
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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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
where she performed leads in Balanchine’s Serenade, Tarantella, Who Cares? and
Allegro Brilliante. 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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John Frazer is a graduate of the Ballet West Academy, Salt Lake
City. In 2004 he was accepted into Ballet West II under the direction of Jonas
Kage and Peter Christie. In 2006 he joined Ballet West where he performed works
by Glen Tenley, Twyla Tharp, Helen Picket, Septime Webre, Michal Smuin, Ben
Stevenson and Sir Fredrick Ashton. In 2010 he joined Ballet Idaho and has
performed leads such as Don Jose in Carmen, Dimitri in Timepiece, Romeo in Romeo
& Juliet, Don Camacho in Don Quixote, and
Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker.
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