‘Nativity’ to be presented in ballet
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The Christmas Ballet
THE CHRISTMAS BALLET will present “Nativity” Friday and Saturday at the Bradley Central High School Fine Arts Center. Dancers from ages 6 to 18 performed in Act 1 of “Nativity” performed at First Baptist Church in 2011.
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“The Christmas Ballet” will be presented Friday and Saturday at the Bradley Central High School Fine Arts Center. This ballet, created and presented by the staff and dancers of Cleveland City Ballet, is just what it says it is — a ballet about Christmas. According to artistic director Connie Gatlin, they want to present the true story of Christmas through the beautiful art form of ballet. “That’s why we created ‘Nativity,’” she said.

Beginning with the prophecies of Isaiah and moving through all of the essential elements of the story of Christ’s birth, music was chosen to accompany all of these moments of history, and appropriate choreography was then developed. The casting for “Nativity” includes dancers from ages 6 through 18. The music is a compilation of selections from different artists and different types of music. Gatlin said, “Some of the melodies are old favorites, but there are also choices that aren’t typically Christmas in nature, but that definitely work to ‘dance the story.’”

Choreographer for “Nativity” is Monica Coates Ellison. Ellison is lead ballet Instructor at Cleveland City Ballet, and this is her third year to present “Nativity.” She has a degree in dance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a number of years of professional experience in New York. This is her first complete ballet creation.

Act Two will be a montage of Christmas songs that will kick off your holiday season in great style. Patti Greco, Leah Green, Chelsey Kimsey and Tiffany Mitchell, CCB jazz, tap, and acro Instructors, have choreographed several jazz and tap numbers for the students of CCB. These selections are very popular with young dancers and their parents. “We believe that our younger dancers should have the experience and the joy of being a part of a production such as this, and we are delighted to be able to spotlight their efforts,” Gatlin said.

This Christmas production is open to all students in Ballet I and up, and participation is optional. Students are not required to purchase a costume, thus making the process less cumbersome for parents.

Cast members for this production include Ryann Presswood, Chloe Creekmore, Reese Creekmore, Sarah Pritchard, Anna Pritchard, Maggie Arrowood, Lainey Copeland, Reagan McKinley, Kennedy Womac, Morgan Answorth, Sarah Anderson, James Arrowood, Jessica Bausch, Lily Bradney, Addison Brock, Elliott Brock, Abby Brown, Bethany Brown, Dara Burton, Elena Burton, Lydia Campbell, David Cantrell, Emily Chavis, Madison Creekmore, Cheyenne Donohoo, Avianna Duerr, Mikhaila Ferguson, Autumn Fryar, Sydney Gobble, Chelsey Goodwin, Phoebe Han, Kaitlyn Hewitt, Bella Hicks, Chloe Jenkins, Shelby Keller, Abigail Kitterman, Ashley Kitterman, Olivia Lawson, Laurel McGaha, Emory McKeel, Jaida McKeel, Breanna Melton, Elizabeth Myers, Alli Oliver, Sarah Redmond, LaShay Roberts, Elizabeth Shelton, Destiny Shreve, Anna Thompson, Gabrielle Thompson, Charissa Tucker, Rilie Tyler, Madison Van Hook, Brianna Pontes, Matthew Arrington and Lee Webb.

There will be two presentations — Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.; and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. Tickets for both performances are on sale at the Cleveland City Ballet Bang-A-Rang Productions Studios in the Old Woolen Mill. Tickets will also be available at the door. Seating is general admission.