Those traveling to Anchorage Nov. 24 through 26 to watch the Nutcracker Ballet may recognize four Kenai Peninsula dancers.
Area dancers Heather Benton, Kacia Dimick, Deana Glick and Kathryn Lindow were chosen to take part in this year's performance, presented by the Salt Lake City group Ballet West.
The girls traveled to Anchorage Oct. 6 and 7 to audition for the roles. The dancers were chosen and have been traveling to Anchorage on weekends since mid-October to prepare for their parts in the performance.
"The Nutcracker" is based on a story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," written by E.T.A. Hoffman. It takes place at Christmastime and has four scenes.
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While the girls have varied parts, each is elated to be a part of the production.
Lindow, 13, attends Cook Inlet Academy and has danced for more than nine seasons. Thought "The Nutcracker" is not the first performance she has been in, she is excited about the musical.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," she said.
She was cast in the role as a page, which, she said, has a lengthy dance scene.
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Lindow said she looks forward to meeting the professional dancers of Ballet West.
"That will be the best part," she said.
Meeting the professionals also will be a highlight for Benton, 15, a student at Kenai Central High School.
"I'm a little nervous," she said.
Photo by Jay Barrett
She said the local dancers have not practiced with the professionals yet, but she is hoping to get dance tips from them at some point.
Benton will play the part of one of eight ladies in waiting. She said she likes her role.
"I get to act a lot older," she said.
With six years of dancing under her belt, Benton said she looks forward to the experience she will gain.
"I'll be able to put the experience toward other performances," she said.
Dimick and Glick, both 12 and students at Soldotna Middle School, have been cast as Oriental servants in the ballet.
The role has many jumps, Dimick said.
"That's like my favorite thing to do."
Glick said the play has a lot to offer the girls.
"It's fun and it's challenging," she said.
Both said they are eager to see their costumes.
Dimick, with 3 1/2 years of experience, said she would have been more nervous during the auditions if the other girls wouldn't have been there. However, the company made the difference.
"It was very exciting," she said.
Glick, who has been dancing for nine years, said she enjoys meeting teen dancers from others places. She said she also is looking forward to meeting the professional dancers.
The girls see the ballet as a great opportunity for experience is because they all plan to pursue dance in upcoming years, either in school or as a career.
The Nutcracker Ballet will be performed Nov. 24 through 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts in Anchorage. Tickets are available by calling 263-ARTS or (800) GRT-SEAT.
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n The Kenai Potters Guild 13th annual Juried Clay Exhibition is showing at the Kenai Fine Arts Center through Nov. 30. The center's hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Peggy Gill Thompson at 283-7827.
n The Kenai Peninsula College Sunday Showcase will present "ArtSound: Music and Images" on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Soldotna campus. There will be a lecture and demonstration, with Maria Allison performing music to complement visual art pieces presented by Gary Freeburg.
Events and Exhibits
n The Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association will place some of Kenai's and Soldotna's most notorious citizens "behind bars" at the Peninsula Steakhouse today between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each "prisoner" will have one hour to raise their $1,000 bail to benefit MDA and more than 200 Alaska families. For more information, call (800) 478-5683.
n The Kenai Peninsula College Art Gallery will display work by Jim Evenson through Friday.
n The Kenai Performers will present "The Foreigner" Friday through Sunday at the Old Town Restaurant in Kenai. Tickets for the dinner theater Friday and Saturday are $25 per person; the matinee on Sunday is $10. Tickets are available at Old Town, the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and River City Books. For more information, call 776-8308.
n The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center presents AlaskaWild 2000, a photography exhibit, through Saturday. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
n The Lutheran Women's Missionary League and AAL Branch 7310 will hold a Christmas bazaar at the Star of the North Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
n Kenai Peninsula Friends of the National Rifle Association will hold a dinner and auction Saturday at the Soldotna Elks Club. Tickets are available at the Sports Den in Soldotna.
n River City Books will present Stories for Kids with Tracy Wimmer at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. Food for the Soul, with Suzanne Little, Bonnie Nichols, Vickie Tinker and Sue Biggs will perform at 7 p.m.
n The Kenai River Folk Dancers will hold a family and community folk dance Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. There also will be live music and food in a nonsmoking and nonalcoholic environment. Admission is $5; it's free for those under 16 with an adult. For more information, call 283-9227.
n Skyview High School will present an interdisciplinary entertainment special Wednesday and Nov. 30 on the Roaring Twenties. Show times are 6 p.m. The Wednesday performance includes a full gourmet dinner. Cost per person is $18. The Nov. 30 is a dessert special. Cost is $5 each. Tickets are available at the school office.
n The Soldotna Animal Hospital is featuring Tanya Clark for the month of November. Clark is displaying a variety of oil paintings.
n John Toppenberg's original wildlife photographs are on display at the combined offices of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, Kenai Watershed Forum and The Nature Conservancy. The groups' offices are on the second floor of the Blazy Mall in Soldotna. All photographs on display are for sale, with 10 percent of the proceeds going toward Kenai River conservation efforts.
n Alaskan Gift and Gallery is featuring artwork by area author and artist Tom Willard this month.
n The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begins near the center. The center is on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7021.
n Birch Tree Gallery offers several watercolors by Alaska artists Jean Shadrach and Mary Ann Dunham; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Vivian McCain and Kathleen Logan; bead-weaving broaches and barrettes by Laurine Maxwell-Evens; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Pat Morrison; fur-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Carroll; pottery by Libby Berezin and Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.
n The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yup'ik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-1991.
n Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai. The restaurant will also host a sewing day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Pauline at 283-9470. Cost is $15 for snacks.
n The artist of the month at Kaladi Brothers is Chelline Larson.
n Mykel's Restaurant presents dinner music by Dave Unruh on acoustic guitar and Barney Wilborg on upright bass this Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Special guest Paul Johnson joins them with his banjo Saturday.
n The Vagabond Inn presents rock and blues by Love Tap this Friday and Saturday beginning at 10 p.m.
n J.D. Uponen will perform at Kaladi Brothers from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
n Mike Morgan will play at Veronica's Coffee House from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
n The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler Friday and Saturday nights at 9.
n George's Casino has karaoke with Dee every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and live music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
n Jar-Bar-B, six miles south of Soldotna, presents karaoke by Mic Hoggers on Friday nights.
n The Rainbow Bar in Kenai has music by the Maybrey Brothers today, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
n River City Books presents the Midnight Sun Trio, musicians Larissa Cochran, Paul Morin and Heather Paxson, at 2 p.m. Sunday.
n The Salvation Army will hold its fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at 203 N. Forest Drive in Kenai. Anyone needing a ride to the event, wishing to volunteer or who would like to request delivery of food may call 283-3879. Leftovers will be given away following the dinner's conclusion at 2 p.m.
n The Rainbow Bar in Kenai will hold a Thanksgiving celebration at 5 p.m. Nov. 23. The Maybrey Brothers will play at 10 p.m.
n The annual arts and crafts fair sponsored by the Kenai Art Guild will be held Nov. 24 and 25 at Kenai Central High School. Admission is free.
n The third annual Ninilchik Native Descendants Christmas Bazaar will be held at Ninilchik School on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information or to reserve tables, contact Sheri Liebenthal at 567-3603.
n Toyz for Totz will be held at the Goodnight Lounge Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. For more information, call 776-4065.
Down the Road
n The William Henry Gallery presents an exhibit, "Love and Mountains," wood engravings and etchings by Rebecca Poulson of Sitka. For more information, call (907) 235-3411.
n The Homer Council on the Arts will present the 12th annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 2, 3, 8 and 9. With Saturday evening shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. For more information, or tickets, call (907) 235-4288.
n The Fly By Night Club will host an Anchorage Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. today. The slam is open to anyone who's not a minor. Sign-up will begin at 6 p.m. and the judges will be chosen from the audience. Cost is $10. This is a nonsmoking event. For more information, call Peter at 248-6662 in the evening.
n The 22nd annual Arts and Crafts Emporium will feature a variety of artisans Saturday and Sunday at the Egan Center and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Rick Miller at 227-6767 or 563-8310.
n The Nutcracker Ballet will be performed Nov. 24 through 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are available by calling 263-ARTS or (800) GRT-SEAT.
n The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts will present MOMIX Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 263- ARTS or (800) GRT-SEAT.
n Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
n Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
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To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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