Chambersburg Ballet Theatre to present "The Little Mermaid"

Captions: The Little Mermaid, CBT at Capitol Theatre, Jan. 29 at 2 & 7:30pm
Company Dancer Marina Addlesperger, Guest artists Brie-Anne Asbury, Nolan Seda and Brent Whitney



Chambersburg Ballet Theatre to present "The Little Mermaid"

Chambersburg, PA: The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre (CBT) Company will present the fairy-tale classic "The Little Mermaid" during Chambersburg's IceFest, on Saturday, January 29th at 2 and 7:30pm at the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main Street, Chambersburg. "The Little Mermaid" is a world-premiere ballet, with an original musical score composed by CBT's Artistic Director, composer/choreographer Lavinia Reid, and arranged by Dr. Dennis Ritz of Shippensburg University. Fourteen-year-old Marina Addlesperger of Chambersburg, will perform the title role. The Ballet's performances will feature live music by professional musicians, and performances by guest artists sharing the stage with the Company's own dancers. Call the Capitol box office for tickets: 717-263-0202.
"The Little Mermaid" is a dance portrayal of the children's classic by Hans Christian Andersen, about a wonderful undersea world, and a mermaid who saves the life of a prince, and risks all to gain his love and a human soul. Rendered in black light, the costumes and scenery of this marine kingdom have been created to literally glow in the dark, making fantastic staging effects possible, such as floating sea creatures and a dramatic shipwreck. The choreography and designs are all by Lavinia Reid, with a group of local artisans and seamstresses working to produce a colorful array of undersea costumes and props, rendered in glowing black light.
Guest Artists Join Cast in CBTC's Little Mermaid
Guest artist Brent Whitney, of New York City, will portray the role of the Prince, and Guest artist Nolan Seda will be the "King of the Sea", in CBTC's Little Mermaid. Resident Guest Artist Brie Anne Asbury of Wilson College will be featured as the Temple Girl. The supporting case consists of over 30 students from the CBT School.
Originally from Traverse City, MI, Brent Whitney's early training was with Northern Michigan Ballet Theatre, and he continued his training as a dance major at Western Michigan University. Brent has danced professionally with Milwaukee Ballet Company, Ballet X of Philadelphia, Paradise Ballet Theater in Key West, and currently dances with New York Theatre Ballet and Ballet NY in New York City.
Nolan Seda began his studies in Puerto Rico at the age of 14. He was invited to join the Western Ballet Theater of Puerto Rico, and in 2005 was promoted to principal dancer, performing in such ballets as Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. He has danced as guest artist with the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, National Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Tampa Bay Performing Art Center and New York Theatre Ballet. In early 2009 Mr. Seda accepted a position as assistant to the director of dance at the University of Hartford in Connecticut and has also worked as a resident guest artist there.
Brie-Anne Asbury began dancing with Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company and school at eleven. She attended Summer Intensives at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet. Brie-Anne studied in the advanced level at Miami City ballet from September 2005-December 2006 under Geta Constantinescue, Truman Finney, Mary Carmen Catoya, Carter Alexander, Alex Lapshin, and Rafi Maldonado-Lopez.
Tickets for "The Little Mermaid" are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, at 717-263-0202.