Behind the scenes at The Nutcracker & The Christmas Carol

. November 25, 2013.
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Olivia Bordin

Olivia Bordin could give us lessons on how to juggle a busy schedule. The 10-year-old Christ the King School fifth grader keeps on top of her studies and fits in ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, voice, and musical theatre classes every week. She also spends weekends rehearsing for her two roles in The Nutcracker—the lead little white mouse and a gingersnap—and smiles at the thought of stage fright. “We’ve trained and practiced for ‘show mode’,” she said, “so we’re ready.” Olivia has appeared in past performances, and admits she would love to dance the role of Clara someday for such a well-loved Toledo tradition. Her sister is one of the Company girls, and mom helps with costumes, so this show is a real family affair. “This is a really fun program that is good for all ages,” she explained, “with sad and happy and wonderful all in one show.”

 

 

 

 

Dominique Glover

You can’t perform The Nutcracker without some older “kids,” and Dominique Glover is one of the older kids in this year’s show. He will dance the role of Arabian for the third time, bringing his love of contemporary jazz to the role. He will also play Chinese (Tea), and promises that this year’s show will be special because of new dancers. “I am honored to participate in this show, which brings so many people to each performance. People recognize me as the Arabian in the show, and it makes me feel somewhat like a celebrity.” Glover teaches contemporary jazz at Toledo Ballet, calling that genre a fusion of all different styles. “I like the freedom it allows in choreography, to be as expressive as the body can be.” His role as Arabian will give him the opportunity to use that expressiveness in the “most non-balletic section of the show.”

 

 

Gabe Omlor

Gabe Omlor has the role of Tiny Tim in this year’s A Christmas Carol, and some call him the “Tiniest Tim” ever. But there is nothing tiny about his enthusiasm for the theater. This 9-year-old Beverly School fourth-grader has already appeared in nine productions, and is looking forward to being the sad, poor boy who touches Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart. Gabe brings serious and comedy theater experience to his role, as well as a confidence that comes from an actor doing what he loves. “I hope to be in movies or TV…I want it all,” he admits. He rehearses three days a week, and works on his singing and dancing in his “spare time.” Gabe says he’s so used to being onstage that he never gets nervous. “And I have tons of big brothers and sisters in the show who are willing to help me. The environment on this show is like a family.”

 

 

 

The Martin-Hayden Family

Roan, Raeanna, Jamie and Dana, in costume

A Christmas Carol is a family affair for the Martin-Hayden family. Jamie, Dana, and children, Roan, and Raeanna are cast in the chorus, and Roan appears as a dancer and a young Scrooge. Mom Dana says that hearing the story every night as they rehearse brings their family closer and reminds them of Dickens’ powerful and timeless message. Roan, 16 , and Raeanna, 12, both students at Toledo School for the Arts, got into acting through classes and children’s productions at the Toledo Repertoire Theater, and enjoy doing a show with people who have helped with their training. They have encouraged their parents to share their love of theater. This is the 4th year the family has appeared in the show together. Dana explains, “What better way to spend family time than to be part of a show promoting the same values we try to replicate as a family every day at home.”