Tri-Parish Ballet going old school

When it comes to “The Nutcracker,” Tri-Parish Ballet likes to go traditional.

Its holiday production goes back to E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” which was made into a children’s story, then a full-length ballet by the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1892. The enchanting musical score is by Peter Tchaikovsky.

More than 80 local dancers from Livingston, East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes will be part of the holiday show this year. The lead role of Maria (called Clara in some versions) will be shared by Jada Alfred, of Baton Rouge, and Peyton McCalla, of Denham Springs. Ian Edmonds, of Prairieville, will reprise his role as the Nutcracker.

Audience can look forward to dancing dolls, a forest of snow, clouds of angels, fields of poinsettias and much more.

Both “Nutcrackers” will be narrated by “Around Town” TV show co-host Celeste Gill.

Guest artists Yubal Morales and Aoi Fujiwara from the Houston Ballet will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.

“The Nutcracker” is funded in part by the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater of Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.

  • CAST: Jada Alfred, Jamie Alfred, Robin Alfred, Shelby Aydell, Lupita Arena, Carlie Bankston, Eliza Bankston, Krista Bankston, Taylor Bankston, Jasmin Boudreaux, Katie Bryant, Kayegan Campbell, Alani Casugay, Hailee Davila, Livey Davila, Michael Davila, Mackenzie Dear, Averi DeLatte, Matthew Dispensire, Kiley Donnal, Chris Edmonds, Ian Edmonds, Lauren Edmonds, Preston Edmonds, Audrey Elliott, Mollie Flowers, Rebecca Gaven, Chloe Graham, Madeline Grant, Alisa Graves, Niya Hensley, Samantha Herbert, Elizabeth Hinson, Samara Humphrey, Scarlett Humphrey, Emma Hunt, Katie Hunt, Gabrielle Krautsdorfer, Katie LeBlanc, John LeBlanc, Kila Light, Jonathan Light, Kia Lilly, Anna Long, Bernard Loze, Sara Loze, Cameron McCalla, Peyton McCalla, Emily McCandless, Melanie McCandless, Kathryn McCleary, Callie O’Neal, Raegan Pace, Bailey Pierce, Brianna Reed, Olivia Richard, Gabbie Schaffer, Myra Schaffer, Jessica Smith, Dillon Songy, Ethan Songy, Nathan Songy, Olivia Songy, Tonya Songy, Megan Thompson, Sydney Tubbs, Jada Wade, Sarah Wesley, Alexa White, Amanda White, Billy White, Lisa White, Victoria White, Leann Wills, Melissa Woodside.