Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 4, 2009

Video: 'A Christmas Fantasy' set

Ashland Youth Ballet celebrates 20 years

Ashland — This is the 20th year of Ashland Youth Ballet and to celebrate that milestone, the group has changed its Christmas program.

The ballet will present “A Christmas Fantasy” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Arts Center. “A Christmas Fantasy” is the first holiday show performed by Ashland Youth Ballet, director Maria Whaley said. But more recently, “The Nutcracker” has become the usual holiday show.

Whaley said audience members who love “The Nutcracker” won’t be disappointed.

“The first act consists of a collage of the traditional,” she said. “‘The Nutcracker’ heads the bill. That will be act one — a compilation of Clara’s dream. It won’t be the full act, but it will be highlights from Clara’s memory, so to speak, as she builds the story for the audience. Then, we will go into the complete journey through the pine forest.”

Whaley said the first act will include 25 company members and an open audition cast of 40 extra dancers.

“That is unique to the show,” she said. “We typically don’t have that many open cast members.” She said the last time that happened was in 2007 when Russian dancers joined the Ashland Youth Ballet in “The Nutcracker.”

In the second act of this year’s show, the junior company will present “’Twas the Night,” which is based on Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas.”

Whaley describes the performance: “Santa visits the home and reindeer pull him across the stage. He enters the home and brings the toys to life as Momma and Poppa prepare the children for bed after the evening’s festivities.”

Finally, the company will present “The Little Snow Child,” a Russian folk tale about a barren couple.

“The husband wants to give (his wife) a child so desperately that he builds a little girl of snow,” Whaley explained. “The mother loves the child so much, she comes to life. It’s a very touching story of the power of love and how sometimes, parents have to be able to let go in order to love them best.” The dance is accompanied by contemporary music by the Transiberian Orchestra.

Text Only
  • brewcrew1.jpg Brew Crew brightens day for RMS teachers

    There was a knock on the classroom door and the next thing Kim Blanton saw was a steaming cup of hot chocolate and the smiling face of Jesse Allen.

    September 5, 2010 1 Photo

  • GCconvention.jpg Amending the Constitution?

    Some students at Greenup County High School ended their day Tuesday with a fresh respect for the nation’s founders.

    September 1, 2010 1 Photo

  • 0610tucker.JPG History professor retiring

    The first hurdle in interviewing Ernie Tucker is finding a place to do it.
    The Ashland Community and Technical College history professor’s tiny office is crammed with vintage tools and other eastern Kentucky artifacts so there’s no place for two people to sit down.

    June 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0610nunn.jpg 90-year-old switchboard operator is jewel of BSCTC’s Pikeville campus

    What was simply two long-time friends bumping into one another at a local department store turned into an opportunity of a lifetime for Cora Nunn.

    June 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ashland school bus route schedules

    School buses in the Ashland Independent School District will follow this schedule:   The first day of school is Wednesday.

    August 12, 2013

  • Poetry Out Loud Hands, Faces, and Voices

    A hundred pairs of eyes locked onto Cynthia Changaris, tracking her every move. A hundred pairs of ears strained to hear every word of the hoary old ghost story Changaris was telling.

    January 21, 2011 1 Photo

  • Test story

    Test document


    November 22, 2010

  • ACTC College Camp Getting gross at camp

    Without waiting for an introduction, Sunni Walters brandished a baggie of red goop and confided in a visitor: “We made blood! Yesterday we made snot!”

    June 15, 2010 1 Photo

  • Reading therapy dog Pawing through some pages

    Lady is a good reading companion if you want one who sits quietly, sometimes thumps her tail during the good parts, and gives you a high-five at the end of the page.

    June 1, 2010 1 Photo

  • 052910_RoseHile_flags_138.jpg A salute to service

    Dozens of cadets placed thousands of American flags at the burial sites of military veterans within Rose Hill Burial Park Friday morning, providing each with a slow salute and considering themselves fortunate for the opportunity to be there.

    May 28, 2010 4 Photos

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone