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Ballet company to present 'Swan Lake'

June 08, 2006

The Potomac Classical Youth Ballet will present "Swan Lake" this weekend at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Performances will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets may be obtained at The Maryland Theatre box office at 21 S. Potomac St. or by calling 301-790-2000.

"Swan Lake" involves a beautiful princess, a passionate prince and a major obstacle to their happiness. That obstacle is the wicked sorceress who has captured the Princess Odette and turned her into a swan by day. Only if a young man pledges his love and marries her, can the evil spell be broken. But should he betray her, she will remain a swan forever.

A number of special guests will appear in the lead roles, including several PCYBC alumni. They include Abby Cottrill, a founding member of PCYBC and a teacher at the Montessori School in Chambersburg, Pa., and Jessica Pike, a 2004 graduate of PCYBC and a student at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., who will dance the roles of both White and Black Swans. Hannah Rose Wisniewski, a 2005 graduate of PCYBC, will appear as the evil sorceress. She just completed her freshman year at West Virginia University.

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The dual role of Odette/Odile will be danced by Megan Schimmel. Schimmel is a 2004 graduate of PCYBC who just completed her second year as a dance major at the University of Utah.

PCYBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and performance opportunities to the area's most talented dancers ages 13 to 18. It also sponsors Company II, which serves as the training ground for the full company.

Open auditions are held in September of each year for any local ballet student who is interested. Lauran Clowser serves as artistic director and Jennifer Green-Flint is ballet mistress for the company.

The City Ballet School serves as the resident home for PCYBC.

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