VIDEO: Nutcracker roles for budding Buxton ballet stars

Buxton dancers (from left to right): Charlotte Thomas, Sophie Lee, Emily Whitehurst, Charlie Hodgkinson, Liberty Hall and Sophie Botham. Photo by Ben Garner.
Buxton dancers (from left to right): Charlotte Thomas, Sophie Lee, Emily Whitehurst, Charlie Hodgkinson, Liberty Hall and Sophie Botham. Photo by Ben Garner.

Six budding High Peak dance stars will take to the Buxton Opera House stage with aplomb in performances of the exquisite world-famous classic ballet Nutcracker.

The talented young dancers successfully auditioned for the sought-after roles in the professional full-length production by English Youth Ballet, which will be presented over two days at the Water Street theatre next month.

St Thomas More School pupils Charlie Hodgkinson and Sophie Botham join Sophie Lee and Liberty Hall from Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, Emily Whitehurst from Hope Valley College and Charlotte Thomas from Harpur Hill Primary School in the 100-strong cast.

Dancing the Wooden Nutcracker, Charlie, 13, said: “This is the first ballet show I’ve ever done. I am looking forward to getting on the stage and doing what I enjoy the most which is being in front of an audience.

“It is going to give me experience to help me continue and forward my dancing in the future.”

Liberty, 13, who will perform as ‘Lead Snowflake’, said: “The dancing is quite hard because we are on pointe a lot and it is quite painful. The steps are very graceful because we are meant to be snow.

Emily Whitehurst (centre).

Emily Whitehurst (centre).

“I am excited to perform on stage and at the same time I know I will be a bit nervous in case anything goes wrong.”

Dancing alongside in her position as ‘Snowflake’ will be Charlotte, 11, a pupil at Harpur Hill Primary School, who added: “I can’t wait to be in front of the audience on the stage. I’ve always wanted to be in a ballet, it is brilliant.”

The Nutcracker will be performed on Friday November 13 at 2pm and 7.30pm, and Saturday November 14 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

For tickets, call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

Sophie Lee

Sophie Lee

Sophie Botham

Sophie Botham

Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall

Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte Thomas

Charlie Hodgkinson

Charlie Hodgkinson