2021- 2022 Performance Season
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AYBT’s Production of The Nutcracker
December 16, 2021 at 6:30 (Community Service Performance, reduced ticket prices)
December 17 & 18, 2021 at 7:30PM
December 19, 2021 at 2:30PM
2021 Nutcracker Rehearsal Schedule
March 5, 2022 at 7:30 PM
March 6, 2022 at 2:30 PM
May 21, 2022 at 1:30
Reardon Auditorium, Anderson University
For Tickets, Contact our Academy Office
Download the Recital Costume Price List
Guest male dancers
Cole began his training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating with their highest honor, the “Prix D’excellance De Danse,” he has been a performing member of Alabama Ballet, The Arova Foundation, Birmingham Ballet Reparatory Company, Oakland Ballet Company, and Bay Pointe Ballet. Previous roles include Albrecht in Giselle, Tea Man in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Principal in Alfonzo Figeroura’s Changes, Hues and The Awakening, Furbo In Graham Lustig’s Pulcinella, Russian in Bruce Steivel’s The Nutcracker, Michael in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan, and Puck in Bruce Steivel’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a choreographer he has created numerous works including The Allegory of the Cave, Our Best Decision, El Dorado, Les Biches, and The Cask of Amontillado. In response to COVID, Cole Companion co-founded an online virtual performance platform called The Isolation Project, allowing artists around the globe to create new and original artistic compositions.
Gabriel began his training with Jordan College Academy of Dance, Performer’s Edge School for the Performing Arts, and Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy where he was a student of the BTC Pre-Professional Day Intensive Program and a member of the BTC – the Pre-Professional Ballet Company of the Academy. Gabriel has been in the full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Firebird and Cinderella, Les Sylphides, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, as well as several repertory pieces. Gabriel is a scholarship recipient for the Summer Intensives of Ballet Austin, Colorado Ballet, Ellison Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Gabriel has been a guest artist at the Capitol Ballet Theatre, The Lafayette Ballet, and AYBT. Gabriel is the recipient of the Jacob School of Music and Dance Premier Young Talent Scholarship.
Josh Maldonado is so excited to be a part of this production! Josh graduated from Anderson University where he studies musical theater and dance. His musical theater performances include: Albert (Disney’s Newsies), Dick (9 to 5), the Centipede (James and the Giant Peach) from The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and Audrey II Operator (Little Shop of Horrors) at Beef & Boards. His ballet performances include: Snow King, The Nutcracker, and Dew Drop Prince (The Nutcracker), The King (The Little Mermaid), and The King of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland). Josh has also performed as a touring puppeteer with Madcap Players, performing for children all over the Midwest. In his spare time, he loves learning about technology, eating popcorn, and playing the organ. He would like to thank Jennifer Thiemet for her teaching, his family for their support, and God for His love.
Prudencio Rodriguez III has been dancing since the age of 13. He started his dance training with the Latin dance group Talento De Barrio. In high school he was then apart of Hammond Academy for Performing Arts where he studied modern, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. He is graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Dance Pedagogy. He most recently performed Alice in Wonderland. Prudencio plans to attend Florida State University where he hopes to achieve his MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) in dance. Upon receiving his master’s degree, he plans to audition for professional dance companies and teach dance at a university level.
Jesse Hernández Rodríguez hails from Trujillo, Perú. He most recently appeared in “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Jesse is a junior at Anderson University, majoring in Musical Theatre and Marketing. His most recent productions include The Marriage is Fígaro, Rose and the Rime, The Addams Family, Emile de Becque in South Pacific. Jesse is a member of the AU Chorale and also plays tennis for the AU men’s tennis team. He would like to thank his family back in Perú for their constant support.
Eric T. Schroeder
Eric first met Lou Ann Young as a freshman theatre student at Anderson University when she was choreographing a production of Kiss Me Kate in 1988. Little did this teenager know that a major force in his life had just be set in motion. He made is first mark on an AYBT program the following year as a scenic designer and stage manager for their 1989 production. He was amazed at the professionalism and production value, so when the opportunity came up to appear onstage as the Grandfather in the 1990 production of The Nutcracker he jumped at it and a passion was born. Fast forward THIRTY YEARS and you’ll see that teenager tonight, now 50 years old and sharing the stage with the daughters of the little girls he danced with decades ago. Over those thirty years, he’s performed in over 40 productions and danced with 100s of students (and their parents) who have been blessed with dance education from Lou Ann and through AYBTA’s fantastic core of teachers and professional guest instructors. He also has had the opportunity to share the stage over the years with his wife Sheila and all four of his children (one year all at the same time!). His four children all danced for AYBT and his son Alek took his training and is now dancing professionally as a member of the Louisville Ballet. Eric made a promise to Lou Ann decades ago that he would continue to lend his talents to AYBT for as long as he was capable of doing so. So 2020 finds Eric once again adding his particular color to the role of Drosselmeyer and spreading a little Christmas magic. He is thankful for this opportunity to entertain you, wishes for one and all a joyous and safe holiday season, and hopes all know and appreciate the wonderful gift Anderson has in AYBT.