By Annie Orbison
In Edina there are many activities to keep people occupied. Now that Christmas is coming up, Barbi Lee Dance Studio is gearing up to perform The Nutcracker ballet.
Barbi Lee Dance Studio has been putting on the Nutcracker ballet for eighteen years. Nora Anderson, a junior, who plays the part of the Snow Queen said, “We spend extra time rehearsing The Nutcracker compared to the time we spend on our Spring Recital.”
This year the Nutcracker has a new face, literally. Jack Ahern is the new Nutcracker and Snow King. Jack has been dancing for eight years and was eager to be chosen to play the lead role.
“They are a really great group to work with. I’ve had a great time getting to know all of them,” said Jack. The same could be said for the girls working with Jack. “They all love him; he’s friendly and works really well with them,” said Ms. Barb Lotsberg, owner of Barbi Lee Dance Studio.
Auditions were held to replace the former Nutcracker. Jack has a family friend who works close to Ms. Lotsberg. He informed Jack’s father about the auditions. Jack dances at the Summit Dance Shoppe and was thrilled to land the role of the Nutcracker. “I am really nervous but excited to perform in this year’s production,” Jack said.
The Nutcracker will be performed at Richfield Middle School on December 1, at 7:00 p.m and December 2, at 2:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.