River Region presesnts ‘The Nutcracker’ Dec. 2 and 3

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2000

L’Observateur / November 29, 2000

DESTREHAN – Back by popular demand, Eleanor Bernard and Ian Carney will perform the principal roles in the River Region Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

Performances will be at Destrehan High School auditorium Dec. 2 at 7:30p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.The River Region Ballet is pleased to be presenting such accomplished professionals to inspire the youth of the community and encourage continued excellence in dance. It is doubly proud to enable Bernard and Carney, NewOrleans’ natives, the opportunity to once again share their artistry with their family and friends.

Their portrayals in Cinderella, the River Region Ballet’s spring performance, sealed their fate as audience favorites. Bernard will be dancing the roles ofthe Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy. Originally from New Orleans, Bernardbegan her dance training with Harvey Hysell and Joseph Giaccobbe. Shegraduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor degree in dance and anthropology. She has danced professionally with the LexingtonBallet, Delta Festival Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Ballet Arkansas and Ballet Hysell of New Orleans. Her principal roles include Aurora in SleepingBeauty, The Moor’s Pavane, Le Corsair pas de deux, the Peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Sugar-Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Scheherazade, Esmeralda in Hunchback of Notre Dame and Spring Waters. She is currently dancing withMontgomery Ballet in her seventh season.

Carney, Bernard’s partner on and off the stage, will dance the role of Snow King and Cavalier. Born in Portsmouth, N.H., Carney was raised in NewOrleans where he began his training with Harvey Hysell and Diane Carney. Hecontinued his studies as a scholarship student with David Howard in New York and Devon Carney of Boston Ballet. He graduated from Tulane Universitywith a bachelor degree in English literature, while continuing to perform extensively with Ballet Hysell in New Orleans.

Carney has also performed with Boulder Ballet, Ballet Arkansas and North Carolina Ballet. His principal roles include Franz in Cappelia, Hilarion in Giselle,Le Corsair pas de deux, Carmina Burana, Flower Festival, Scheherazade, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Quasimoto in Hunchback of Notre Dame and Jonathan in Adam Miller’s Dracula. Carney is currently dancing with theMontgomery Ballet in his seventh season.

Advance tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Tickets will also be sold at the door, adult tickets are $12 and children’s tickets are $6 For ticket information, call 764-1969 or 764-7678.

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