Ballerina Swan (2013)

The Ballerina Swan Cast on their Favorite Moments

The sharp and talented dancers, Elizabeth Washington (Sally), Emily Vetsch (Sophie), Jeff Davis (Peter), and Valerie Guido (Janelle), returned to reprise their roles in Ballerina Swan. Watch our interview of their favorite moments including legendary ballerina Allegra Kent and the magic of performing with Sophie the Swan!

Ballerina Swan blends dance, theater and puppetry to tell the story of Sophie, a Central Park swan who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Based on the children’s book by former NYC Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent, Ballerina Swan features a five-foot dancing swan puppet that wowed children and adults alike during the show’s 2013 run.

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Emily Vetsch hails from the beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. She has a passion for choreographing and directing and has been fortunate enough to work professionally as a freelance dancer and puppeteer here in NYC for 9 years.  Emily is Co-Art Director of The Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Additionally she co-founded Glitter Kitty Productions in 2011, a collaborative physical theater company.  Emily is happy to be reunited with Sophie the Swan.

Jeff Davis is a NYC-based artist, performer and choreographer. He most recently created MiLLiONAiRE’S HOLiDAY for the October NYC Jazz Choreography Project along with Directing and Choreographing two original new musicals, the Gunfighter Meets his Match and the Lovely WiLDS!. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets and Glitter Kitty Productions. He dedicates this performance to his grandmother Grace Davis.

Valerie Guido is a dancer, exercise physiologist, and arts enthusiast. She moved to NYC upon graduating summa cum laude with honors from West Virginia University. She has studied and performed around the U.S. and abroad, including a site-specific installation piece for Openings Collective, interning with David Dorfman, and working closely with Betty Jones while in Italy, to name a few. Valerie is thrilled to be back at the Mint Theater and to reunite with the original cast of “Ballerina Swan.”

Elizabeth Washington began her formal dance training at the age of 12 at Towson University Children’s Dance Division. Ms. Washington has performed works by Darrell Moultrie, Troy Powell, Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Ronald K. Brown and Abdur-Rahim Jackson and had the opportunity to perform during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th Anniversary at New York City Center. She is currently a dancer in The Von Howard Project.


 

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Ballerina Swan (2013)

Choreographer Michael McGowan on reviving BALLERINA SWAN!

Our fantastic choreographer Michael McGowan is more than excited to return to Theatre 3 this winter! Take a look into his experiences as a dancer, a choreographer and an audience of Ballerina Swan!

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Young Charles Dickens

Vinnie Urdea, Eryn LeCroy, & Joe Bach in Young Charles Dickens!

Over here, guys, over here! Our smart and fabulous cast of Young Charles Dickens sits down with us to talk about breathing life into the reality of the author’s world. Vinnie Urdea (Tommy Traddles, Carker, Dodger, and Jo), Eryn LeCroy (Elizabeth Dickens, Sue, and Woman in White) and Joe Bach (John Dickens, Bill Sykes, Squeers, and Dick) bring an amazing discussion to the table about portraying various characters and gaining the drive to entertain from the stage!

Don’t forget to see more behind-the-scenes of the Young Charles Dickens production here!

About Our Cast…

VINNIE URDEA (Tommy, Dodger, Carker, et al) is pleased to be making his debut with the New York City Children’s Theater! Recent credits include: Steve in “The Bully” at The Vital Theater, General Patch/Mr. Argyle in “The Sock Who Lost His Mate” at the NYC Children’s Theatre Festival, and Agent 3 in “Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money” at Atlantic for Kids. Infinite thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mol.

ERYN LECROY National Tour: Jekyll and Hyde (Emma Carew). Other credits: Into the Woods (Cinderella), Street Scene (Rose), L’elisir d’amore (Giannetta), The Dialogues of the Carmelites (Sister Constance), Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet). Upcoming: Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown). Education: BM, Oklahoma City University. www.erynlecroy.com @erynlecroy

JOE BACH is proud to make his New York City Debut with Young Charles Dickens. Joe is a proud graduate of Elon University Music Theatre class of 2015. Previous Credits include: Rocky Horror Picture Show (Rocky), Titanic (Barrett), Simon Fernando (The Lost Colony), Miss Saigon (Chris) and many more. I quick thank you to my parents and everyone involved in getting me to where I am today.


 

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Ballerina Swan (2013)

Elizabeth, Emily, Jeff & Valerie RETURN!

Our lovely Ballerina Swan dancers return for another fun production of Ballerina Swan this season! Check out our friends, Elizabeth Washington (Sally), Emily Vetsch (Sophie), Jeff Davis (Peter), and Valerie Guido (Janelle) as they perform an audience favorite based off the book by world renowned ballerina Allegra Kent! Don’t forget to buy your tickets to our show!

Ballerina Swan blends dance, theater and puppetry to tell the story of Sophie, a Central Park swan who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Based on the children’s book by former NYC Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent, Ballerina Swan features a five-foot dancing swan puppet that wowed children and adults alike during the show’s 2013 run.

More about the Dancers

Emily Vetsch hails from the beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. She has a passion for choreographing and directing and has been fortunate enough to work professionally as a freelance dancer and puppeteer here in NYC for 9 years.  Emily is Co-Art Director of The Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Additionally she co-founded Glitter Kitty Productions in 2011, a collaborative physical theater company.  Emily is happy to be reunited with Sophie the Swan.

Jeff Davis is a NYC-based artist, performer and choreographer. He most recently created MiLLiONAiRE’S HOLiDAY for the October NYC Jazz Choreography Project along with Directing and Choreographing two original new musicals, the Gunfighter Meets his Match and the Lovely WiLDS!. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Hudson Vagabond Puppets and Glitter Kitty Productions. He dedicates this performance to his grandmother Grace Davis.

Valerie Guido is a dancer, exercise physiologist, and arts enthusiast. She moved to NYC upon graduating summa cum laude with honors from West Virginia University. She has studied and performed around the U.S. and abroad, including a site-specific installation piece for Openings Collective, interning with David Dorfman, and working closely with Betty Jones while in Italy, to name a few. Valerie is thrilled to be back at the Mint Theater and to reunite with the original cast of “Ballerina Swan.”

Elizabeth Washington began her formal dance training at the age of 12 at Towson University Children’s Dance Division. Ms. Washington has performed works by Darrell Moultrie, Troy Powell, Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Ronald K. Brown and Abdur-Rahim Jackson and had the opportunity to perform during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th Anniversary at New York City Center. She is currently a dancer in The Von Howard Project.


 

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Young Charles Dickens

Sneak Peek of “Young Charles Dickens” with Ryan and Bryson!

Welcome our young gentlemen, Ryan Borses (“Charles Dickens”) and Bryson Bruce (“Bob Fagin”) in our wonderful holiday musical Young Charles Dickens! Take a sneak peek at how they brought these historical figures to the spotlight!

About Ryan and Bryson

RYAN BORSES (Charles Dickens) is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory, who debuts both at NYC Children’s Theater and in New York with this production.  Previous roles include William Barfee (Spelling Bee, The Boston Conservatory), Toad (Frog and Toad, Summer Stock Austin, and Amory (Academy, The Boston Conservatory).  Ryan is also the composer and lyricist for the original musical Nobody’s Home: A Rock Odyssey.  Many thanks to his supportive family and the folks at NYC Children’s Theater for the wonderful opportunity!

BRYSON BRUCE has been acting since the age of seven. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Bryson graduated the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Theatre. He recently moved to New York in 2014 to pursue his career. Bryson has been involved in numerous productions, most recently, A Band of Angels. Bryson is extremely grateful to be working the New York City Children’s Theatre again, and thanks his family and friends for their unyielding support.

About Young Charles Dickens

Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old with a gift for telling stories. But it wasn’t until he had to spend a year supporting his family, working on Christmas Eve, that he realized just how important his stories could be. Based on the true story of Charles Dickens’s childhood, Young Charles Dickens is the uplifting story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.


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Kate Mincer on Costumes in “Young Charles Dickens”

Costume designer, Kate Mincer, is opening our new series behind holiday musical Young Charles Dickens! Check out our video as she shares her excitement designing elegant and gritty Victorian English outfits.

More About Young Charles Dickens

Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old with a gift for telling stories. But it wasn’t until he had to spend a year supporting his family, working on Christmas Eve, that he realized just how important his stories could be.

Based on the true story of Charles Dickens’s childhood, Young Charles Dickens is the uplifting story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.


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Young Charles Dickens

We’re on Playbill!

In Playbill’s “Ultimate Guide to New York City’s Holiday Shows, Concerts, Cabaret’s and Merriment”, our holiday musical Young Charles Dickens makes it the go-to family theatre show for the season! Don’t forget to see our inspiring story of the famous English author in the spotlight at Theater 3!

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Two Bugs NYCCT production

We’re Excited for a New Season of Two Bugs

Two Bugs are Better than One actresses, Abigail Esfira Campbell (ANNA) and Maggie Lalley (LIZA SPINELLI, MONTY THE MOSQUITO, SLY THE FLY, AND FIONA THE FIREFLY), express their excitement as they prepare to perform for the best audiences around New York – PreK through 3rd grade students!

About Two Bugs Are Better Than One

Students at the Peachtree School for Insects are up to their usual antics, but today there is a buzz in the air because Fiona the Firefly, the leader of their community, has disappeared! Marvin and Anna, a scatter-brained moth and a studious worker bee, are assigned the duty of finding Fiona and bringing her back to safety. During this 45-minute original musical, children will travel with Marvin and Anna on an epic journey of self-discovery. Along the way, they’ll meet a sassy spider, a dramatic mosquito and a sly fly, all of whom teach an important lesson about how collaboration, cooperation and self-confidence can help save the day!

Two Bugs are Better than One introduces students to teamwork, facing new challenges and celebrating each other’s differences. The show was created by Jenny Stafford and Willem Oosthuysen, was originally developed by Dev Bondarin and directed by Bill Bowers.


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TWO BUGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE Cast Throwback

Marvin the Moth (Hector Ortiz) and stage manager Kat Meister have returned for another year of Two Bugs Are Better Than One! Welcome back our wonderful young artists as they throwback (or “fly-back”) to their favorite memories from last year’s production!

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TWO BUGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE Cast on The Story

What’s all the buzz about? This Fall, NYCCT is excited to share our new voices to the Two Bugs Are Better Than One cast. Meet Abigail Esfira Campbell (ANNA) and Maggie Lalley (LIZA SPINELLI, MONTY THE MOSQUITO, SLY THE FLY, AND FIONA THE FIREFLY) and check out our new series where we take you behind-the-scenes in our production of our assembly performance!

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