Saturday, November 24 - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 25 - 2:00 PM
Join Jeanne Robinson Dance Arts with the Monterey County Ballet as they bring to life Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic The Nutcracker in the Sister Carlotta Performing Arts Center located at Santa Catalina School. (1500 Mark Thomas Dr, Monterey, CA 93940)
This annual event is a wonderful way to kick-off the holidays with family and friends.
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Meet The Cast
“Clara” - Molly Flanagan
Molly Flanagan. Molly is 14 and is a freshman at Salinas High School. She started dancing in “mommy and me” at the age of two and has been dancing for 12 years. Molly has been a member of our competition dance troupe for the past five years. She is currently in our Ballet Troupe 1. Molly has been one of our competition soloists for four years and has been able to perform in three of our shows that were performed at the Disneyland Resort. Molly loves to dance because it’s a way she can express herself and it’s where she can set goals and work to achieve them.
Besides dancing Molly loves horseback riding. She is also quite an artist and loves fashion. She hopes to someday go into fashion design and attend the San Francisco Art Institute.
“The Nutcracker Prince” - Jessica Quijada
Jessica is 13 and in the 8th grade. She attends Monterey County Home Charter School. Jessica has been dancing for 8 years and has been a member of our Dance Troupe the past two years. She is currently in our Ballet 1 Troupe and will be competing with her first solo this next spring. Jessica performed with her troupe in their “Red Carpet Dreams” show at the Disneyland Resort last year. When Jessica is not dancing she loves sewing and playing with her dogs. Jessica is a huge animal lover and also loves make up and online shopping.
When asked why she dances, Jessica said she loves to dance because it makes her happy and it is fun. She loves that it is physically and mentally challenging, and that she can express her feelings. Dance is also where she gets to come and be with her closest friends.
When Jessica grows up she is interested in pursuing the arts or psychology.
“The Rat King” - Joey Parga
Joey is 15 and a sophomore at Compass Charter School. He has been dancing with us on and off since he was little and has been intensely studying for the past six years. Joey has also been a member of our Dance Troupe for three years and excels in both ballet and hip hop, along with being one of our completion soloists. When asked why he likes to dance Joey said he, “..dances because it’s fun and interesting to figure out how your body works.”
Along with dance Joey also enjoys being active in several sports including football, baseball, water polo, soccer, bike riding and golf. He says that golf is his favorite and enjoys golfing with his Grandfather. Golfing runs in the family as his Great Grandpa was a golf pro at Pebble Beach. Besides all of the sports he is also active with the Boy Scouts and Ariel Theater, where he has acted for the past five years. If that wasn’t enough Joey is also in the Explorers program with the Salinas PD. His future plans contain a possible degree in Criminal Justice and becoming an FBI Agent in the field. Joey says that acting is a good skill to have as an agent if you are a part of a team and working undercover.
“The Snow Queen” - Olivia Yoder
Olivia is 16 and a junior at Notre Dame High School. She has been dancing for ten years and has spent the last seven years in our Dance Troupe. Olivia is currently in our Senior 2 troupe and has been one of our soloist competition dancers for several years. When asked why she loves to dance she said, “I love dancing because it gives me the opportunity to portray different characters and emotions all through finding different ways of movement. I also love how nothing in dance can ever be perfect, and you can always work to be that little bit better. It’s a wonderful challenge!”
As well as being a talented dancer Olivia also enjoys cooking, baking, and painting with her sister, Katie. She also loves to read and spend time with her family, friends, and pets. Olivia is interested in biological science and would like to become a genetic counselor. She looks forward to conducting research and communicating the results to an interested audience. She is currently interested in the University of Washington to pursue a degree in biology.
“The Rose Queen” - Kaylie Kuramura
Kaylie is 16 and a junior at Salinas High School. She has been dancing for 13 years and spent the past eight years in our Dance Troupe. Kaylie is a member of our Senior 2 and Ballet 2 troupes and one of our award winning soloists. She says that she loves dancing because it allows her to express herself without words, and it is a way of escaping life as her form of therapy. Kaylie has also started to choreograph her own competition solos and is becoming a very creative artist. As well as excelling in dance she is also is becoming quite an accomplished painter.
Kaylie also has a huge love of animals and wants to dedicate a career to animal conservation. Her greatest inspiration is Steve Irwin. Kaylie is interested in attending Western University College of Veterinary Medicine or possibly UC Davis.
“The Pixie Queen” - Kayley Flanagan
Bio coming soon.
“Fritz” - Riley Yates
Bio coming soon.