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November 20, 2013

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

North Andover student plays lead in ‘The Nutcracker’ by NEDE

Jesse Chisholm of North Andover will perform the lead role of Clara in the upcoming New England Dance Ensemble professional production of “The Nutcracker”, showing Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Windham High School Theater.

The North Andover High School student is no stranger to the stage, but her upcoming appearance as Clara in the New England Dance Ensemble presentation of “The Nutcracker” casts her squarely in the spotlight. Chisholm, 13, has been training in ballet for years.

“I am so honored to have been cast as Clara,” she said. “The role is a dream come true.”

This is the first year that Chisholm will perform in NEDE’s annual professional production of “The Nutcracker.” She will be onstage for much of the production, in a role that requires rigorous training, solo and partner dancing, and advanced technical and acting skills.

Chilsholm will be working with more than 100 other cast members, including dancers traveling from New York’s American Ballet Theaterand Broadway professionals. She said she relishes the challenge and growth opportunity despite the long hours of rehearsals. In the lead-up to the show, Chisholm will be dancing seven days a week, including classes at Just Dance Complex in North Andover, where she is on the competitive dance team.

The New England Dance Ensemble’s “The Nutcracker” is at the Windham High School Theater, Windham, N.H., on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35 and can be purchased at www.nede.org.

Holiday concert features Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at Phillips Academy

The Phillips Academy Music Department will sponsor its 26th annual holiday concert featuring excerpts from Handel’s oratorio, “Messiah,” on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. This concert is given in support of Neighbors in Need, a food pantry in the Merrimack Valley, and will also support the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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