Kailey Flowers Luebrect of Bowling Green will play a party child in the annual production of “The Nutcracker” which will take place at the Touhill Performing Arts Theatre on the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus.
Kailey Flowers Luebrect of Bowling Green will play a party child in the annual production of “The Nutcracker” which will take place at the Touhill Performing Arts Theatre on the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus. Lead White Mouse, Red Soldier, and Grey Mouse are previous roles Kailey has performed. Last year, over 10,000 people attended Saint Louis Ballet’s Nutcracker.
The Saint Louis Ballet executive and artistic director is Gen Horiuchi previously served as a principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. Kailey rehearses with Horiuchi, the company members of the Ballet, and the children’s cast each week beginning in October. In her role as party child, she will dance with company members who portray her “party” parents.
“Any student chosen to participate in ‘The Nutcracker’ has worked many hours in this art form and just like any athlete who has worked hours to participate in the Olympics, it is a dream come true for an aspiring dancer,” stated Horiuchi.
“The Nutcracker” Ballet portrays a story of Clara and her toy nutcracker that transforms into a prince. A battle between the mouse king and the Nutcracker ensues with the Nutcracker triumphing. The ballet culminates in Clara visiting the Land of Sweets and being entertained by the Sugarplum Fairy, the Snow Queen, and various characters such as Chocolate and Chinese Tea. Children of all ages will delight in this fanciful ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s original score.
Kailey takes ballet classes five days a week at the Saint Louis Ballet School in Chesterfield. Each week, she takes four pointe classes. Kailey’s instructors include current and founding ballet dancers of the Saint Louis Ballet Company. Kailey began dancing when she was four. She previously took classes with Shelly Fitchett of Howard Street Dance. This is Kailey’s fifth year of dancing at the Saint Louis Ballet School. Each summer for the past five years Kailey has trained during ballet summer intensive programs. Last summer, she participated in the Ballet Chicago intensive in Chicago for five weeks and performed at the Studebaker Theatre at the end of the program.
The Nutcracker production runs for 11 performances, Dec. 15 – Dec. 23. Children are invited to meet the professional ballet dancers by attending the Sugarplum Fairy Luncheons on Dec. 16 and 17. Tickets are available at Touhill.org.