• The Nutcracker

  • Dear Audience…

    This is the sixteenth year ballet tech of ohio has presented “The Nutcracker.” We are as excited as ever about the opportunity that these students have to perform this great work on stage with a live audience of family and friends. I believe Tchaikovsky never could have imagined the effect his music would have upon future generations.

    Today, hundreds of companies and young dancers inspire audiences around the world with their performances to the beautiful score, and “The Nutcracker” has become a family Christmas tradition. The original story, with choreography by Marius Petipa, has been handed down through generations from its beginnings in Russia, with numerous alterations by many choreographers.

    The “Nutcracker” you will see today is based upon the version staged in Cincinnati in 1974 by Frederic Franklin, principal dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, as well as Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski, the then co-directors of the Tulsa Ballet. I have subsequently seen many other Nutcrackers, but this is still my favorite! It has been slightly abbreviated to hold the attention of the youngest of family members.

    I wish to thank our guest artists, Edward Gonzalez Kay and Sergey Pakharev, for their inspiration and coaching of our pre-professionals. My gratitude goes to all my teachers, students, parents, and affiliates who helped to make this on-screen presentation possible. I could not have accomplished it without you! A big “Thank you” to my audience members for your enthusiasm and support of our young dancers and the art of ballet.

    Wishing all of you a peaceful and joyous holiday, and a happy New Year!

    Claudia Rudolf Barrett
    Founder and Director
    ballet tech of ohio

    About “The Nutcracker”

    “The Nutcracker” was first performed in 1892 and still survives today, being presented in almost every major city in the United States and around the world. It is a fairy tale ballet that every young dancer enjoys performing and a holiday tradition for audiences around the world. E.T.A. Hoffman’s story takes place in Nuremburg, Germany, early in the 19th century. Herr Drosselmeyer’s nephew has been turned into a Nutcracker by the wicked King of the Mice. The only way to break the spell is to kill the Mouse King and have someone fall in love with the wooden Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer sees his goddaughter Clara’s Christmas party as the chance to break the spell by taking Clara to a magical place where she helps the Nutcracker kill the Mouse King. The Nutcracker leads Clara through the Land of Snow to the Land of Sweets, and there, returns to life as a handsome Cavalier.

    Claudia Rudolf Barrett

    Founder and Director, Master Teacher, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Producer

    Ms. Barrett, the recipient of the Post-Corbett 2001 Award for Individual Achievement in the Arts, received her initial training at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) under Oleg Sabline and David McLain. Subsequently, she earned her BAS and MFA from CCM under Corbett Scholarships, studying with McLain, Dame Alicia Markova, P.W. Manchester, Frederic Franklin, and James Truitte, as well as many guest artists.

    As an original dancer, soloist, and ballet mistress of the Cincinnati Ballet Company from 1963 until 1990, Ms. Barrett worked under fiver artistic directors and with teachers and choreographers from major companies around the world. In 1993, Claudia opened her school, ballet tech of ohio, bringing many instructors of world renown to inspire her students. In 1997, after staging a full-length “Sleeping Beauty” to the orchestral accompaniment of the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Barrett created a performing outlet for her pre-professional dancers, the ballet tech of ohio performing arts association.

    Ms. Barrett has choreographed many ballets for pre-professionals, including “My Many Colored Days” to the music of Richard Einhorn, played by the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, “Appalachian Spring” and “A Soldier’s Tale” with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, “Peter and the Wolf,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik,” and “Carmina Burana” to the accompanimentof the Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

    In September of 2006, Ms. Barrett left her non-profit organization to refocus upon her vision and the core values of the school, which continue to promote primarily the art of classical ballet through professional guest artists and performances. A number of Barrett’s students have been awarded professional contracts or scholarships to prestigious schools throughout the United States. In August of 2010, Ms. Barrett was invited to teach at the Korea 2010 International Ballet Competition in Seoul. In March of 2011, Barrett and three of her students were invited to the Dance Open in St. Petersburg, hosted by the quintessential ballerina of the 21st century, Natalia Makarova.

    Many of Ms. Barrett’s students have gone on to perform professionally, including roles with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Grand Ballet Montreal, Polish National Ballet, and the Cincinnati Ballet.

    In private life, Ms. Barrett is the proud grandmother of Rowan Alexander Barrett and Sienna Dylan Barrett.

    Guest Artists

    Edward Gonzalez Kay

    Edward Gonzalez Kay trained with the Elemental Cuban Ballet School and The National Cuban Ballet School. In 2008 he became a trainee with The National Cuban Ballet Company and was quickly promoted to the corps de ballet. During the 2012-2013 season, Edward was promoted to a coryphée. In 2013, Gonzalez Kay joined the Sarasota Ballet as a soloist and was promoted to a principal dancer for the 2016-2017 season. During his career he has had the opportunity to tour the U.S. – including performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2014 and New York City’s Joyce Theater in 2015, as well as Australia, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil. Edward joined the Cincinnati Ballet as a senior soloist in 2017, retiring in 2020.

    Sergey Pakharev

    A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Sergey Pakharev trained at the Academy of Russian Ballet and The School of the Kirov Ballet. Upon graduation, he danced as a Soloist at the Maryinsky Theater. He has had an exciting career, receiving diplomas at both the International Ballet Competition of Rudolf Nureyev in Budapest, Hungary and the International Ballet Competition of Maya Plisetskaya in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since coming to the United States, Mr. Pakharev danced as a Soloist with the Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet. Mr. Pakharev was with Cincinnati Ballet in 2003-2008 and has performed lead roles in Coppelia, Swan Lake, Balanchine’s “Who Cares? and “Prodigal Son and the Tchaikovsky pas de deux. Sergey formerly danced with Cincinnati Ballet Company.

    Dr. Lyrica Joy

    Dr. Lyrica Joy, (a Doctor of Theology) is a Master Jazz Instructor and taught the Jazz Program at Ballet Tech of Ohio for several years. She has been the principal dancer in six Wendy’s national commercials, the televised Midwest Music Awards and Anointed Pages Music Awards, numerous musicals including: Annie Get Your Gun, A Chorus Line, and Godspell, to name a few. She is the Founder and Choreographer of REVELATION! Dance Theatre of Kingdom International Institute. and with this ministry has danced in over 50 countries. She has been named one of the Top 8 Christian Choreographers in the World and won The Living Legend of Dance ICON Award by Dance Ministry Magazine. She currently is the Sr. Pastor of The International Church for ALL Nations in Maineville, OH. Due to a genetic heart issue, she is no longer dancing but is very pleased to be making her Nutcracker debut as “Mother Ginger” this year.


    Sunday, Dec. 12, 6:00 p.m.  

    ACT I

    Clara: Maren Heisler
    Fritz: Homer Janson
    Mr. & Mrs. Silberhaus: David and Karen Hunter
    Maid: Jennifer Clements
    Annette Williams  and Jeff Janson
    Ainsley Bothell, Ulysees Janson and Sophia Tarasova
    Joy VanPatten and Rick VanPatten
    Julia Galles,  Emily Gubanich and John Paul Heisler
    Yolanda Glago and Marvin Abrinica
    Ke’Dynce Deaton, Faryn Glago and Sophia Dgebuadze
    Zoe VanPatten and Joshua Beckmann
    Eva Garrett, Katrina Dgebuadze and Becca Witskin
    Herr Drosselmeyer: Sergey Pakharev*
    Harlequin: Fulton Heisler
    Columbine: Emma Spears
    Jester Dolls: Alexandria Abrinica and Micah VanPatten

    Clara: Maren Heisler
    Rats: Emil Heisler, Arlo Janson and Atlas Janson
    Tiny Mice:
    Ruxshona Azamjanova, Nina Batt, Victoria Chulsky, Madina Zakirova, Alexandra Kovacs
    Malaya Moffet, Addie Paproski, Natalie Reyes, Oliviene Scott and Daisy Zhang
    Big Mice: Ke’Dynce Deaton, Eva Garrett, Katrina Dgebuadze and Becca Witskin
    Angels: Amelia Clement and Jennifer Clements
    Nutcracker: Homer Janson
    Ainsely Bothell, Julia Galles, Faryn Glago, Emily Gubanich, John Paul Heisler, Ulysees Janson, Sophia Dgebuadze and Sophia Tarasova
    Bunny Soldiers: Maria Kanski
    Mouse King: Maria Voronov

    Snow Queen: Yenet Glago
    Snow King: Fulton Heisler
    Snowmen: Emil Heisler, Arlo Janson and Atlas Janson
    Small Snowflakes:
    Ainsley Bothell, Ke’Dynce Deaton, Julia Galles, Eva Garrett, Faryn Glago, Emily Gubanich, Katrina Dgebuadze, Sofia Dgebuadze, Sophia Tarasova and Becca Witskin
    Icicles: John Paul Heisler,  Homer Janson and Ulysees Janson
    Tiny Snowflakes: Addison Bothell, Cecilia Heisler, Asiya Taalaeva and Harper Varty
    Big Snowflakes:
    Yenet Glago, Amelia Clement, Jennifer Clements, Maren Heisler, Maria Kanski, Nikki Tayidi, Micah VanPatten, and Maria Voronov

    ACT II

    Dew Drop: Riley Sharp 
    Opening Flowers: Amelia Clement, Maren Heisler, Maria Kanski and Maria Voronov
    Cavalier: Edward Gonzalez Kay*
    Sugar Plum: Emma Spears
    Addison Bothell, Vera Ervin, Cecilia Heisler, Nina Locascio Amelia Moreau, Mira Pakharev, Asiya Taalaeva and Harper Varty
    Clara Double: Natali Chelidze

    Akiko Locascio and Sergey Pakharev*

    Riley Sharp and Nikki Tayidi

    Amelia Clement, Jennifer Clements, Maren Heisler, Homer Janson, Maria Kanski, and Maria Voronov

    Yenet Glago and Micah VanPatten with Fulton Heisler.

    Mother Ginger: Dr. Lyrica Joy
    Ginger Children:
    Ruxshona Azamjanova, Nina Batt, Victoria Chulsky, Madina Zakirova, Alexandra Kovacs, Malaya Moffet, Addie Paproski, Natalie Reyes, Oliviene Scott and Daisy Zhang 

    Fulton Heisler and Homer Janson with Amelia Clement, Jennifer Clements, Maren Heisler, Maria Kanski, Maria Voronovm
    Ainsley Bothell, Ke’Dynce Deaton, Katrina Dgebuadze, Sofia Dgebuadze, Julia Galles, Eva Garrett,  Faryn Glago, Emily Gubanich, John Paul Heisler, Ulysees Janson, Sophia Tarasova and Becca Witskin

    Dew Drop: Riley Sharp
    Flowers: Alexandria Abrinica, Yenet Glago, Nikki Tayidi and Micah Van Patten

    Sugar Plum: Emma Spears
    Cavalier: Edward Gonzalez Kay*
    Cavalier’s Variation: Fulton Heisler

    Flowers: Amelia Clement, Maren Heisler, Jennifer Clements and Maria Voronov
    Dewdrop: Riley Sharp
    Akiko Locascio and Sergey Pakharev*
    Arabian: Nikki Tayidi
    Homer Janson and Maria Kanski
    Alexandria Abrinica and Micah VanPatten.
    Fulton Heisler with Ainsley Bothell, Ke’Dynce Deaton,  Katrina Dgebuadze, Sofia Dgebuadze, Julia Galles, Eva Garrett, Faryn Glago, Emily Gubanich, John Paul Heisler, Ulysees Janson, Sophia Tarasova and Becca Witskin
    Grand Pas de Deux:
    Emma Spears, Edward Gonzalez Kay*


    Claudia Rudolf Barrett would like to give a big “Thank You” to all the people who have been so generous with their time and assistance in our Nutcracker production:

    Wayne Lyke for lighting design & and sound.

    Rebecca Rodriguez-Hodory, Edward Gonzalez Kay, Sergey Pakharev and Serena Hanovan for rehearsal assistance.

    Jacob Addison for slideshow, virtual program, and video editing.

    Christina Daniels for poster and flyer design as well as slide show photography.

    Jonathan Clement for videography.

    David and Karen Hunter for years of support and construction/donation of scenery and props.

    Karey Janson for costume design, construction, alteration and donation of costumes.

    My fantastic backstage crew:  David Hunter, stage manager, with Jonathan Clement, J.C. Heisler, Louis Heisler, Jeff Janson and Scott Spears.

    All Party Scene “Parent” Supers.

    All parents/siblings and Christiane Rudolf for assisting backstage and/or in lobby.

    All my wonderful teachers who help our dancers look their best onstage.