Armenia’s Featured in Media City Ballet’s Nutckracker

BURBANK, CA–The Media City Ballet of Los Angeles will present a magical production of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring an award-wining cast that includes a number of Armenian dancers and performers, visual illusions, special effects and aerialists.

Asbarez Newspaper and Horizon Television are official sponsors of the Nutckracker performance.

A pre-show mini-concert featuring singers from the Taft High School Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of

Tom Pease, will be presented 15 minutes prior to each performance of the ballet. Performances will be given at the Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203 on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Television and theatre actress Elmarie Wendel will serve as producer.

Tickets are $20.00, $38.00 and $48.00 each and may be purchased by calling the Alex Box Office at 818-243-ALEX (2539). Discounts are available for Groups of 15 or more, Seniors, Students and Children under 12. Cost Saving Special Family Packs are available; please call the Box Office for further information. For Group Sales, please call the Alex Theatre at 818-243-7700, ext. 216. To purchase tickets online, please visit the website, For further information, please call the ballet company at 818-232-7632 or visit the websites, and

Convenient and ample parking is available for all Alex Theatre patrons. Validated Parking is available at the Orange Street Parking Garage located at the corner of California and Orange Streets (enter from Orange), the Exchange Parking Garage located on Maryland Avenue, south of Wilson Street, and at the Glendale Marketplace Garage located at the corner of Harvard and Maryland Streets (enter from Maryland). Parking costs $1 for four hours with Validation (rates subject to change). Parking tickets can be validated by the House Manager in the Alex Theatre Lobby. Additional metered public parking is available in several municipal parking lots and on the street around the theatre.

Now celebrating its Seventh Annual Season under the guidance of Artistic Director Natasha Middleton, the Media City Ballet Los Angeles (MCBLA) is dedicated to providing Los Angeles and the surrounding communities with quality live ballet productions, utilizing the inspired and creative talents of the local community, as well as professionals from around the world. MCBLA is the only ballet company in Los Angeles presenting performances in the tradition and philosophy of the legendary Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev. Natasha Middleton’s grandmother, Elena Wortova, was a Soloist in the original Ballet Russe, which included other legendary dancers like Anna Pavlova, George Balanchine, Alexandra Danilova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Middleton’s father, Andrei Tremaine, was a Principal Dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Soloist with the Ballet Nacional de Mexico and the Colon Opera Ballet of Buenos Aires. Natasha Middleton, a “Ballet Russe Baby,” was a Principal Dancer for her father’s ballet company, Pacific Ballet Theatre, as well as a member of the Joffrey II Ballet Company in New York City, before taking on the responsibilities of Artistic Director for Media City Ballet of Los Angeles. A Junior Company trains young dancers, and prepares them for the organization’s professional company. MCBLA is overseen by a distinguished Board of Directors and supported by a Guild whose chief mission is to support the ballet company and produce fund-raising activities.

Principal roles will be portrayed by: Edgar Nikolyan (formerly with the Vienna State Opera Ballet and resident of Granada Hills) as The Nutcracker Prince and Aubrey Morgan (formerly with the New York City Ballet and resident of Los Angeles) as The Sugar Plum Fairy; Mira Nastassja (of West Hollywood) as Clara;

Carrie Lee Riggins (formerly with the New York City Ballet and resident of Beverly Hills) as The Snow Queen and Dew Drop; Arsen Serobian (award-winning dancer and resident of North Hollywood) as The Snow King and Waltz Cavalier; Stephen Nelson (of Hollywood) as The Snow King, The Toy Soldier and The Spanish Dancer;

April Lynn Mcleod (of Altadena) as The Spanish Dancer and Icicle; Craig Dickens (a Media City Ballet Guest Artist, professional magician, Magic Castle? performer and resident of Glendale) as Herr Drosselmeyer; and Sergey Kheylik (of Beverly Hills) as The Rat King and The Russian Trepak.

Soloist roles will be danced by: Amara Baptist (of Sunland) as Columbina, The Chinese Dancer and Icicle; Emily Morrow (of Burbank) as The Chinese Dancer and Icicle; Alexander Fost (of Alhambra) as The Chinese Dancer; Nicholas M?ller (of Santa Clarita) as Harlequino; Gabrielle Palmatier (of Hermosa Beach) as The Arabian Dancer; Andee Tims (of Burbank) as The Arabian Dancer; Dimitri Safa (of Hollywood) as The Arabian Dancer; Philippe Leibzig (of Studio City) as Mother Ginger;
Kristine Gregorian (of Los Angeles) as Lead Reed Flute; Sheena Sisk (of Pacific Palisades) as Lead Snowflake and Lead Rose Petal in Waltz of the Flowers;

Nutcracker’s Armenian dancers also include:
Rozanna Avitisyan (of Glendale)
Tina Yedgarian (of La Crescenta)
Margarita Arzoumanian (of Burbank)
Kristina Galstyan (of Van Nuys)
Ani Hovhannisyan (of Glendale)
Mariana Petrosyan (of Sherman Oaks)
Alice Oganesian (of Glendale)
Melanie Panosian (of Glendale)
Sophia Moussisian (of Glendale)
Mariana Petrosyan (of Sherman Oaks)
Veronica Gevorkian (of Glendale)
Daniel Yedgarian (of La Crescenta)
Nikolas Yedgarian (of La Crescenta)


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