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County students will represent at Reg Lenna performance of The Nutcracker

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren-area dancers performing include, from left, Layla Edwards, Emilee Shafer, Lillian Jache, Bryce Jache, Maya Swanson, Xander Boger, and Grace Carr.

Several Warren-area students will be performing in Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Performances are on Friday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 16, at 2 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Center For the Arts in Jamestown, N.Y.

All the students study at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet under the direction of Monika Alch.

Performing the lead roles of The Nutcracker Prince and Clara are brother and sister Bryce and Lillian Jache. They are the children of Keith and Katie Jache and attend Warren Area High School and Beatty Warren Middle School. Katie Jache is also performing as the Grandma in the Party scene.

Maya Swanson, a student at Eisenhower Middle School, will perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Maya is the daughter of Tanya and Matt Swanson and is in the pre-professional division at CRYB.

Emilee Shafer, also a Warren-area student, is dancing several roles, including Chinese, Arabian and Snow & Flower Corps. Emilee lives in Warren with her grandmother, Sally Poorman.

Grace Carr, a student at Beaty Warren Middle School, will dance the role of a Party Girl, Russian and Snow & Flower Corps. She is the daughter of Melissa Carr and Hobart Carr.

Layla Edwards, who attends Eisenhower Elementary, is a Party Girl, Soldier and Gingersnap. She is the daughter of Sarah and Justin Edwards. Sarah is also performing in the party scene as a guest.

Xander Boger, son of Wendy Whetzel and Luke Boger, attends Warren Area Elementary Center and will perform as a party boy, soldier and Gingersnap.

For 30 years, families have created holiday memories with Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s production of this classic tale featuring exquisite dancing, sumptuous costumes and sets, and the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky.

Artistic Director Monika Alch notes that there is something for everyone. From a magical holiday party, a midnight battle between the Rat King and the Nutcracker, a tree with a thousand lights and snow falling on the dancers in the snow scene, The Nutcracker is a must-see show of the season.

In addition to the public performances on December 15 and 16, a special educational performance for schools will be held on Thursday, December 14, at 10 a.m.

Teachers and administrators interested in this specially-priced performance should contact the Reg Lenna Box Office directly.

Reserved seating tickets for all public performances are on sale now and available through the Reg Lenna Box Office at (716) 484-7070, or online at www.reglenna.com.

For more information on the Nutcracker and Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, visit their website at www.cryb.net.