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  • Dean College Students to Perform in The Nutcracker with Franklin Performing Arts Company

    Franklin Performing Arts Nutcracker 2017

    On Saturday December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 three Dean College students will take the stage at the Franklin Performing Arts Company's production of The Nutcracker.

    Dean College performers Larissa Walker '20, Brooke Shelley '20 and Jessica O’Brien ’18 answered a few questions to get us acquainted with the upcoming production.

    Q. What are your roles?

    Larissa Walker: During the first performance, I am playing the Arabian Lead and a Rose in the Waltz of the Flowers. In the second show, I am playing the Snow Queen and a Rose in the Waltz of Flowers.

    Brooke Shelley: I’ll be performing as the lead mouse!

    Jessica O’Brien: I’ll be performing as the Harlequin, Arabian Core and a Flower.

    Q. Tell us about your characters. Is there a character that you feel most connected to or are most excited to portray? Why?

    Larissa Walker: The Arabian character has a very earthy and grounded feeling, as it is very fluid. The Snow Queen character is very sharp, but beautiful through precision. In the Waltz of the Flowers, Roses are more upbeat and light-hearted. Each of my parts drastically contrast each other in character, but I feel most connected to and excited about the Snow Queen role because it is something I have never done before and it is challenging.

    Brooke Shelley: This character is supposed to be evil and very much a "in your face" attitude. I don't see myself as this character but I love to play these kinds of characters because I'm never like that in real life. 

    Jessica O’Brien: I am most excited to perform Harlequin. I get to portray a doll that comes to life during the party scene from Uncle Drosselmeyer. It is a duet between myself and the Kissy Doll where I dance to confess my love for her. Overall it is just a fun character that I get to be a little silly with and make my own.

    Q. What are you most excited for the audience to see?

    Larissa Walker: I’m most excited for the audience to experience the timeless classic brought to life. It’s such a holiday tradition and it makes me so happy to share it with others.

    Brooke Shelley: One of the things I'm most excited for the audience to see is how much work I put into this production!

    Jessica O’Brien: I am most excited for the audience to see the Waltz of the Flowers. It is a beautiful work with so many moving parts to create a visual effect for the audience to enjoy.

    The Franklin Performing Arts Company's production of The Nutcracker will take place at Franklin High School, 218 Oak Street, Franklin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets TODAY!

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