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Time for the Nutcracker! Cast and Crew Share What the Production Means to Them

Cast, parents and volunteers from the 2012 Wilton Dance Studio Nutcracker share why they love being part of the ballet

Showtime for Wilton Dance Studio's 2012 Nutcracker Ballet

After all the rehearsals, costume fittings and other hard work is done, it's time to bring the holiday magic to life for the audience. Sunday, December 9th will see the more than 100 dancers from seven area towns on the stage at Wilton High School's Clune Center for Performing Arts. In this post, we share thoughts direct from the dancers, volunteers, and parents involved with the show. We hope to see you at the performance. Tickets for the 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm performances are available at the door for those who did not pre-order. Visit www.wiltondance.com for more information.

Question: What do you love about the Nutcracker and what does it mean to you?

Renee Cahill, aka “Jackie’s Mom” and Backstage Volunteer Coordinator, 4thNutcracker: "Watching the girls go from little itty bitty sheep to flowers. That’s how long I have been working the show. They get more poised and more beautiful every year. Initially I volunteered because my daughter was nervous and I had to be with her. As she grew and got more comfortable I took on more roles because I enjoy it."

Ally Gillespie, 3rd grade, first Nutcracker, soldier and angel: "It’s fun. I like to look at everybody dancing."

Jenna Kirincich, 3rd Grade, Party Child and Clown: "The party scene. I like when the grown ups are dancing"

Mark Fischer, Grandpa in Party Scene and dad of Sharon, Party Guest and Icicle: "My daughter got me in it six years ago. It’s hard sometimes to do things to bond with your daughters and it’s been a wonderful opportunity to spend time with her and do something that’s ours.  I love working with the children and playing Grandpa. I love some of the interaction I have with the younger children. It’s a good experience. The Froehlichs do a marvelous job of teaching the children and managing the production."

Julian Shettler, mom of Savanna (Grade 3, Party Child and Angel) in real life, Nutcracker role is role is Mrs. Stahlbaum, Clara and Fritz’s mom: "This is our third year. I got involved because of the tradition of it. I always went to the Nutcracker as a child. It’s very special. This year to be in the party scene with Savanna just makes this even sweeter, to be on the stage with her. It’s a beautiful production and there are some nice new things this year. Mark and Brenda do an astounding job. I don’t know how they get this all together."

Mark Froehlich, co-owner of the Studio and Herr Drosselmeyer: "Brenda and I are so proud of all our dancers and their hard work this year. As always, they are what makes our production great. We thank them all for bringing the magic to life again this year."

Valerie Kirincich, mom of dancer Jenna: "I never get tired of watching the Nutcracker and Jenna loves being a part of it. She talks about it all year."

Kaitlin and Sarah Wohlford,  2nd Grade, Soldier and Chinese Dragon: "The snow scene!"

Caitlin Allen, 2nd Grade,  Soldier and Chinese Dragon: “Dancing!”

Robin Allen, mom of Caitlin: "She likes to watch all the older girls dance"

Lilly and Milly Krausche, 4 yrs old, first Nutcracker with Wilton but were in one in California before moving

Lilly: "I like the sugar plums and snowflakes."

Milly: "I like that I can dance."

Jonathan Krausche, dad of Lilly, Milly and Alexandra (Mouse), first Nutcracker in Wilton, Party Adult: "We were all in the Nutcracker in California. I did it as a kid and it’s kind of a family tradition.  We all love Nutcrackers. There are more kids involved in this one than the ones we were in before." 

Penny Murphy, 10th grade, Dew Drop: "My favorite thing is probably how it brings everyone in the whole studio together. You get to see everyone and it's fun and you meet new people and get pretty close to them. It feels different every time when you perform. It's hard to define why each show is different but it does come out different every year."

Madeleine Woodworth, 11th grade, Snow, Spanish lead, Flower, Harlequin doll, has been in 11 Nutcrackers: "My favorite thing is being able to learn all the different dances and to become different parts and characters every year. The whole atomosphere of the show is really fun.  We have a lot more snow and flowers this year."

Caitlin Grogan, 7th grade, 1st nutcracker, Russian, Party Cousin, Soldier: "I like learning the parts. I did it this year because I like to dance. It’s very fun."

Audrey Levine,  7th grade, 1st nutcracker, Russian, Party Cousin, Soldier: "I like learning the dances. Russian is my favorite of the parts. It’s really well put together."

Kristana Esslinger, mom of Rachel (Snow Flurrie, Mirliton, Jr.) has been helping with the Nutcracker for 6 years: "It’s a fantastic tradition. I like that we do the traditional story. Since my daughter has been doing Nutcracker for so many years, she’s been doing all these parts. She’s lok forward to being a sheep and an angel and now she’s in the snow scene which is so beautiful. Besides the fact that Brenda needs the help, I volunteer because it’s a thing with my daughter and me."

Brian Froehlich, Chief Nut-grunt, Snow Cavalier: "I love being able to share the holiday magic four months out of the year." 

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