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American Press Scene Section, Thursday, December 10, 2015
Rudolph comes alive in LC Civic Ballet performance
The Lake Charles Civic Ballet’s performance of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is set for Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Civic Center Rosa Hart Theatre.
A matinee performance will be held at 11 a.m., while the grand gala performance is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.
Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough, the civic ballet’s artistic director, said the production has been a long-standing tradition in the Lake Area. The first production was held in 1968.
“Can you believe down to the antlers it’s vintage, classical renditions on all levels?” Hathaway asked.
De Ann Rosteet, coordinating director for the civic ballet, said the dancers have been “busily preparing for this year’s production.”
“Ask any of us involved … throughout the entire chaotic process at times, the No. 1 thing that comes to mind, honestly, is magic,” she said. “It’s so cast-oriented, children actively engaged in beautiful choreography and such festive scene work.”
Those who have performed in the Rudolph production span generations, according to Rosteet. Marilyn Fontenot and her sister, Sharon “Cissy” Stutes, met Lady Leah when they were in high school. Marilyn’s daughter danced in the 1968 production and was cast as Rudolph in the 1974 show. Cissy’s granddaughter, Abbie Grace Milligan, was cast in September as Rudolph for this year’s show.
“It’s been such a dream come true for me,” Milligan said. “Seeing all of us together dancing, I’m just giving it my all and can’t wait to showcase such a great holiday story.”
Principal dancer Jaina Ange has danced in many of the roles throughout the production. She said the story of Rudolph will “always be dear to my heart.”
“I love Rudolph because it gives the dancer not just the opportunity to dance, but to act and tell a beloved Christmas story,” Ange said.
Rosteet said the story also has an anti-bullying message and promotes self-worth. She said there are shows scheduled today and Friday that are specifically for students.
“This gives our school-aged children a chance to witness such an amazing dazzle of Christmas display and such a fantastic story,” Rosteet said.
Tickets can be purchased on the Civic Ballet’s website or the Rosa Hart Theatre lobby on the day of the performance.
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