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Sleepy Hollow Students Perform In 'The Nutcracker'

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Some of the faces you'll see in the Westchester Ballet Company's production of “The Nutcracker” may look very familiar.

In addition to professional guest soloists and student dancers throughout Westchester, 10 students from the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns and the Pocantico Hills School district are performing in the show this year.

“The performance features professionally trained student dancers from communities throughout Westchester and neighboring areas, along with professional guest soloists,” the ballet company said in a statement. “This year, Marcella de Paiva Montes and Nayon Rangel Iovino, both from the Washington Ballet, will dance as the enchanted Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.”

The following students will be dancing in the production:

• Kaitlyn Rubertone is performing as a mouse. Rubertone is a second-grader at TUFSD.

• Caroline Yawman is performing as a page. Yawman is a third-grader at TUFSD.

• Courtney Rubertone is performing as a soldier. Rubertone is a fifth-grader at TUFSD.

• Rebecca Tschan is performing as a party child and Little Chinese. Tschan is a sixth-grader at TUFSD.

• Nikki Seiler is performing as an angel and in the flower corps. Seiler is a ninth-grader at TUFSD.

• Elizabeth Sobolik is performing in the snow corps, the Russian corps and the flower corps. Sobolik is a ninth-grader at TUFSD.

• Emilie Bogusz is performing as a snow soloist, a flute solo, Gigue and a party parent. Bogusz is an 11th grader at TUFSD.

• Emma Basha, Evelyn and Shirin Sabety attend the Pocantico Hills Schools. They are marching to the beat of the soldiers.

The students will be among 110 dancers performing on stage at the Westchester County Center. The Nutcracker production has been a staple of the holiday season for the past 15 years.

Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea are directing this year's performances, which will take place on Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., as well as Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 914-995-4050 or by visiting www.countycenter.biz. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for adults, $14 for children ages 2 through 10 and $14 for seniors. Tickets purchased the day of the performance are $25.

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