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ELIZABETH ODELL CATLETT Artistic Director KATERINA RODGAARD Assistant Artistic Director Guest Artists Diane Gotzman, Jennifer Hausdorfer, Shady Mohamed, Dmitriy Vistoropskiy MBT Pre-Professional Students Shreeya Chowdhury, Sarah Danaceau, Meredith Hwang, Genevieve Pelletier MBT Academy Graduating Seniors in Becoming Sugar Plum Abigail Coakley, Sarah Danaceau, Emily McKiernan, Camille Sambor Students in Becoming Sugar Plum are from Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8 | Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (301) 762-1757 | www.mbtdance.org MBT is funded in part by an operating grant from the MD State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. MBT is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

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BEcoming Sugar plum Story by Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Heather Katz Music by Alexandra T Bryant Choreography and Staging by Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Katerina Rodgaard Lighting Design by Lynn Joslin SYNOPSIS Long ago, there was a peaceful kingdom of fairies, goblins, and dancing sweets. Arguments between the fairies and the goblins led to an era of war, until a treaty was reached to divide the kingdom into three lands - Fairyland, the Land of Goblins, and the Land of Sweets. Crossing the border into the Land of Goblins was strictly prohibited. ACT I Scene 1 - A remote forest in the Land of Goblins Years later, Fairy Queen Violet and King Dross of the Land of Goblins have secretly fallen in love. However, Queen Violet has grown concerned that her kingdom would discover their forbidden rendezvous. One night, Queen Violet flies to the forbidden forest to meet King Dross. They dance one final time. As a token of her eternal love, Queen Violet breaks her pendant in half, giving one half to the king as she departs with the other. The now broken-hearted King Dross becomes bitter, and turns his land’s creatures into bitter, evil beings. The Land of Goblins becomes known as the Bitter Land. Scene 2 – Many Years Later in The Land of Sweets Dancing Meringues, Petit Fours, Gumdrops, and Lollies mysteriously disappear from the grand palace. The Prince, fearing for the safety of his sweets, and realizing his palace might crumble without them, drifts from exhaustion into deep sleep. In his dream, the Prince makes a desperate plea for help. Reverie, the Dream Fairy, answers his call. The fairy shows him a vision of a young, plum-colored fairy. He is spellbound by this unusual fairy born without wings. Reverie explains that he must find the real plum-colored fairy; she may hold the key to saving his Land of Sweets! The Prince awakens from his dream. He sends his messenger, Cotton Candy, with a handwritten scroll, to find the wingless plum-colored fairy. Scene 3 - Fairyland When the messenger arrives in Fairyland, Reverie steps forward to greet her. Cotton Candy explains the Prince’s dilemma. The fairies and their creatures welcome their new visitor with dancing and agree to help find the plum-colored fairy. Teenise Weensie Fireflies reveal the wingless beauty—the royal Princess Plum. The messenger delivers the Prince’s scroll and pleas for Princess Plum to go to the Land of Sweets. Since Princess Plum can’t fly, the journey will pose great risks. She will have to travel deep into Bitter Land by foot. Her brave fairies will make the trip with her.

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SYNOPSIS, CONT’D INTERMISSION ACT II The Cotton Candy Messenger has reported to the Prince in the Land of Sweets that Princess Plum has agreed to come to help find his mysteriously disappearing sweets, as had been predicted in the Prince’s dream. Knowing her journey would be dangerous, the worried Prince felt compelled to help her, and has set off to join the Princess. Scene 1 - Bitter Land Forest As the fairies reach the border, hidden Poison Thistle Berry bushes spy on them. The fairies stop and hide when they hear a frightening noise from the underbrush. Unexpectedly, the Prince leaps from the bushes. The curious princess steps out to meet him, but the fairies fear for her safety and pull her away. Beastly Shadows close in, capture the Prince and disappear into the forest. The Poison Thistle Berry bushes seize their opportunity to capture the fairies, too. Scene 2 - King Dross’s Lair The Shadows dance with excitement around their prisoner. King Dross soon grows bored with the shadows’ newest royal hostage. He orders his entertainment of Meringues, Petit Fours, Gumdrops, and Lollies instead. The Prince is outraged. The goblin king had stolen his precious sweets. The Poison Thistle Berry spies and their captured fairies stumble into the lair. King Dross is enraged by the intrusion. The fairies stand together, demanding to be released. King Dross does not hear their cries, for he and the Prince are awestruck at the sight of the beautiful plumcolored fairy. The king summons the princess. Something is familiar about her. The princess requests that her fairies be released. She offers herself as his prisoner instead. Bitterness overwhelms King Dross and he demands that Princess Plum dance under his spell until her final breath. She bravely accepts her fate, but only if the king agrees to release all of his prisoners first. The Prince cannot break free from his ropes to save the princess from her dance. A “clank” to the floor halts the spell. Something has fallen from Princess Plum’s hand. The king picks up the object and then pulls out a matching half pendant. The two halves fit together like pieces to a puzzle. The king weeps. His beloved Queen Violet had given him a daughter—a fairy plum princess born without wings. Scene 3 - Final Celebration King Dross, after discovering his daughter, is no longer bitter and will rule his restored Land of the Goblins with a joyous and mended heart. The stolen sweets are rightfully returned to the Prince and the palace is saved. The Prince crowns the brave princess— who will now be known as the Sugar Plum Fairy— to reign over all the lands in the new and happily reunified Kingdom of Sweets.

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The Cast Fairy Queen Violet: Goblin King Dross: Candy of the Land of Sweets: Lead Gum Drop: Elizabeth Wraback Jennifer Hausdorfer Shady Mohamed Gum Drops: Victoria Chai, Natalie Field, Sophia Phagava, Samantha Stillwell Lead Petit Four: Genny Pelletier Evangeline Fulton, Pardiss Kaviani, Julia Marelli, Ella Rommel or Diane Gotzman Jennifer Bivin Petit Fours: Lead Meringue: Meringues: Ashley Chen, Daniela Gonzalez-Flores, Elizabeth Haupt, Angelina Santi Lead Lolly: Gibson Young Lollies: Rebecca Baxter, Annebeth Heller, Christina Liu (20E), Layna Lu (18, 19M, 19E, 20M), Kailey Williams Prince of the Land of Sweets: Dmitriy Vistoropskiy Shadows, the Bitter Creatures:Alexandra Angelos, Bianca Calá, Anna Claire Edhegard, Katie Grow, Sophie Heberlein, Christina Liu, Grace McAdams, Rachel Owens, Amanda Slud, Ilaria Strucker Reverie, Dream Fairy: Sarah Danaceau (18, 19M, 20M, 20E) Meredith Hwang (19E) Cotton Candy Clouds: Ashley Chen, Daniela Gonzalez-Flores, Elizabeth Haupt, Annebeth Heller, Pardiss Kaviani, Julia Marelli, Ella Rommel or Diane Gotzman, Angelina Santi Princess Plum: Sarah Danaceau (19E) Meredith Hwang (18, 19M, 20M, 20E) Cotton Candy, Royal Messenger: Diane Gotzman (18, 19E, 20E) Ella Rommel (19M, 20M)

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The Cast, Cont’d Viridescent, Blossom Fairy: Shreeya Chowdhury Periwinkles: Meredith Abramson, Mollybeth Green, Anna McAdams, Nicole O’Keefe, Anna Ross, Isabella Rodgaard, Liliana Swick, Chloe Thompson Aria, Song Fairy: Hummingbirds: Maryn, Water Fairy: Emily McKiernan Summer Allen, Elena Bazala Kim, Rachel Carreras, Claire Gotzman, Hillary Malik, Mia Mozgovaya, Sydney Pierce, Julie Shalgian Abigail Coakley Dolphins: Adriana Carrillo, Katherine Gowarty, Katharine O’Mahoney, Veronica Smith, Melissa Szwed Ember, Fire Fairy: Camille Sambor Teensie Weensie Fireflies: Sarah Brandt, Lily Drennon, Ashley Gray, Olivia Holt, Hope Miers, Bianca Romano, Ehina Srivastava, Kylie Wilbur, Lourdes Wyatt Poison Thistle Berries: Cynthia Chen, Madalyn Fecko, Ava Garzan, Merril Heitz, Colette Kaufman, Madeleine Klansek, Keira McBride, LeAnh Metzger, Shelby Rose Wilson, Stella Yang

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Biographical Notes Artistic Leadership Elizabeth Odell Catlett, Artistic Director Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Ms. Catlett began her dance training with the University of Louisville Dance Academy under Charles Bronson and Cynthia Bronner. Her passion for teaching and choreographing led her to Radford University where she earned a BS in Dance Education. Ms. Catlett has performed classical roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Les Sylphides, Raymonda, Les Corsaires, and many more. Ms. Catlett is currently a company member and guest choreographer for DanceEthos. Ms. Catlett has been responsible for the artistic direction at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre since spring 2012. In addiiton to directing The Nutcracker each season, she has since produced original ballets such as Snow White and Thumbelina, as well revived Sleeping Beauty in two acts. She directs and choreographs for the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble as well, the most recent work being the Stories of Dr. Seuss, which premiered in October 2015. Ms. Catlett is currently chorepgraphing and staging an original fairytale ballet for March 2016 - Becoming Sugar Plum. Katerina Rodgaard, Assistant Artistic Director Originally from Maryland, Ms. Rodgaard began her training with Irena Prochotsky and Daweh Zhang and also at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She went on to earn a BA in Ballet at Point Park University. Katerina danced professionally with the River North Chicago Dance Company, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Tony Powell Music & Movement, Bowen/McCauley Dance, DanceSmith, and Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company. She has worked with members of the Athens Opera Ballet in Greece, performed on tour in China with the Washington Potomac Dance Ensemble, and has studied extensively with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Parsons Dance company in New York. In 2002 she performed on National TV for the Kennedy Center Honors Program in a Broadway tribute to Chita Rivera. Katerina has served as rehearsal director for Citydance 2 and has been a guest choreographer for local professional dance companies. She teaches master technique classes in the local area and abroad. Also a licensed attorney, Katerina has practiced real estate law and has worked for a national nonprofit organization doing legislative law. She enjoys her lifelong passion of dance the most and is extremely happy to join MBT as Assistant Artistic Director this year. Alexandra T Bryant, Composer Dr. Bryant currently lives in New York and is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition. In addition to being commissioned by MBT, she has received commissions from the Cleveland, Santa Fe, and Tacoma Youth Orchestras, the Kronos Quartet, William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Aeolus Quartet in collaboration with the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Carman Balthrop, Kathleen Murdock and Mark Hill, Scordatura Music Society, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She has participated in the Cabrillo Festival (2012), the Aspen Music Festival (2010-2011), and Bowdoin Music Festival (2009). In addition, Dr. Bryant has served on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center as composer-in-residence. Lynn Joslin, Lighting Designer Ms. Joslin has been successfully lighting MBT productions for the past 20 years. Many area theaters including Washington Opera and The Kennedy Center have benefited from

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