I have already mentioned the Chelmsford Ballet's Nutcracker which opens at the Civic Theatre on the 19 March 2014 ("The Chelmsford Ballet" 15 Dec 2014). Well now I have some casting news.
Richard Bermange will dance the cavalier. Since graduating from Central School of Ballet, Bermange has worked with English National Ballet, K-Ballet, Tokyo, Tivoli Ballet, Copenhagen, Peter Schaufuss Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland. He has danced many solo and principal roles in Napoli, Cinderella After the Ball, Romeo and Juliet, Schehezarade, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker and choreographed Virus for the Cloud Dance Festival in 2011.
Michael Budd will dance King Mouse. He is an Essex lad who studied at The Royal Ballet School. Budd has danced with many leading companies including Matthew Bourne, the Vienna Festival Ballet where he was a principal and the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall.
Emma Lister of the National Ballet of Ireland will dance The Sugar Plum Fairy. Born in Canada and trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Lister has danced ballet in the round in the Royal Albert Hall with the English National Ballet as well as more exotic locations such as Alaska, Bermuda - and now Chelmsford.
The opening performance on the 19 March 2014 will be in aid of PARC Essex. According to its website
"PARC exists to provide support to families who have a child or children with any type of additional need from a very early stage. We have a range of children on our books including those with speech and language difficulties, autistic spectrum, epilepsy and those with physical and learning difficulties."There will be a collection on the day so if you are coming - and as a proud associate non-dancing member of the company I certainly shall be - do dig deep. PARC seems a very worthwhile cause.