IBC’s ’Nutcracker’ set for Palladium


Katie Casavan has had a variety of parts in Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s production of “The Nutcracker” the past few years.

“My first year here I was a party girl, a soldier and a Russian,” Casavan said.

This year, the homeschooled junior from Westfield gets the spotlight, sharing the role of the Sugarplum Fairy with Amelia Happel, a homeschooled junior from Fishers.

Even better, IBC is staging two performances of “The Nutcracker” for the first time at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 24. IBC will take a break and then hold performances at the Tobias Theater Dec. 14-15 at Newfields at Indianapolis Museum of Art

“I think it will be really cool,” Casavan said of being at the Palladium. “I’m looking forward to partnering with our guest artist we have coming in, Thomas Curran. He’s really nice, and it’s been cool to work with him. I love ‘Nutcracker.’ It’s been a fun tradition every year.”

Curran is from the Cincinnati Ballet 2. Lasha Khozashvili, from the Boston Ballet, has been the guest artist for the past several years.

Abigail Kimball, 14, a homeschooled freshman from Fishers, shares the waltz solo with Cadence Burke. She also shares Columbine Doll, Spanish and snow soloist with Burke, a homeschooled sophomore from Carmel.

“I like how we will be able to dance on two different stages,” Kimball said. “When we perform at the Palladium, we get our corrections and apply them for when we perform at The Toby.”

However, IBC Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall said the dancers are definitely not treating the Palladium performances as rehearsals.

“It’s pretty intense because we start rehearsing at night as well,” Burke said. “It’s long days with lots of rehearsals, but it definitely prepares us for the shows.”

Kimball has been with IBC for 12 years and Burke is in her second year at IBC. She moved with her family from Rochester, N.Y. to attend IBC.

Kimball and Burke are understudies for Sugarplum Fairy.

The Palladium shows will include guest performances by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

For more, visit indianaballetconservatory.org.