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November 30th, 2011

Orange County Ballet Theatre set to perform The Nutcracker

OCBT’s ballet “The Nutcracker” stars Kristina McKenzie (front) as Clara, as well as, from left: Kathryn McKenzie, Brianna Levy and Montana Nogrady. Photo by: Stan Goldblatt

Central Valley - Orange County Ballet Theatre will be giving performances of its treasured Nutcracker for the 44th year on December 3rd and 4th at Monroe-Woodbury High School. This full-length ballet tells the traditional story of Clara receiving a prized nutcracker from her godfather, the mysterious toymaker Dr. Drosselmeyer at her family’s annual Christmas party. After awaking to find her nutcracker is life-sized, Clara is led by her Nutcracker Prince on a magical journey first through a battle of toy soldiers and mice, next through beautiful snowy woods and finally to the Land of Sweets where angels and marzipan await.

Dancing with the Orange County Ballet Theatre in this year’s performances of The Nutcracker is Kristina McKenzie as Clara. McKenzie is 11 years old and a 6th grade accelerated student at South Middle School in Newburgh, NY. She started dancing at age four. She currently dances with the Darlene Wilson Institute of Dance and is a Jr Member of the Orange County Ballet Theatre.

Joining McKenzie on stage is Ivan Robles, a 16 year old junior at Wallkill Senior High School. Ivan began dancing at age six at Powers Dance Art Center. He currently takes classes at the Darlene Wilson Institute of Dance. Over the past 10 years, Ivan has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. Ivan is a senior member of the Orange County Ballet Theatre, where he has performed in the "The Nutcracker" for the past 10 years. He has had the roles of Fritz, the naughty bon-bon, Chinese and has performed the role of "The Nutcracker" four years. He aspires to continue his education at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and become a Broadway star.

Dr. Drosselmeyer is played by Raymond LeDuc, who celebrates his 40th anniversary in the part he first played as a 28-year-old in 1971.

Come to Orange County Ballet Theatre’s performances on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 4th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at and at the door.

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