2016 - The Snow Queen & Stepping Out to Gershwin


The Snow Queen & Stepping out to Gershwin

The Snow Queen. The story begins in the Snow Queen's Ice Palace in the Kingdom of Eternal Snow. The Snow Queen, attended by Icicles and Snow Wolves, dreams of extending her kingdom over the earth. A shard of glass from the Snow Wolves magic mirror pierces Kai a local villagers' heart and he rejects his sweetheart Gerda in favour of The Snow Queen.

Gerda is determined to regain Kai's love and she along with the Bluebird make a perilous journey via an enchanted garden, and a gypsy encampment, gaining moral support from the Fire Spirit and his Princess and timely assistance from the Good Fairy.

Once able to see Kai the warmth of her tears melt the shard and the Snow Queens powers wane. The Snow Queen retreats as the Fire Spirit and Fire Princess herald the return of the longs days of the Sun's rule.

Over the years literally hundreds of dancers have enjoyed the opportunity to dance with Duchy Ballet at the Hall for Cornwall. The routine of audition through to production has become addictive and we even have a 2nd generation of dancers performing in several roles this year. We'd like to thank every single one of our supporters, volunteers, helpers, friends, parents and the professionals who ensure that everyones potential is realised. 

Stepping out to Gershwin. The inter-war years of the 1920's and 30's and the war years of the 40's were the great era of the spectacular musical on stage and screen.

Now more than ninety years later, George Gershwin's music evokes the spirit of the era like few others. We hope you enjoy this presentation of ballet in a sonewhat different idiom and realise that ballet dancers can also make pretty good hoofer!


For the 2016 Production of 'The Snow Queen and Stepping Out to Gershwin' were:-

Bryony Walker The Fire Princess, Ginger Rogers: Bryony performed with Duchy Ballet for 12 years, as a principal dancer for 4 years taking on roles such as the Autumn Fairy in 'Cinderella' (2007), Swanhilda in 'Coppelia' (2009), the Lilac Fairy in 'Sleeping Beauty' (2010) and creating the role of the mermaid Moroven in 'The Mermaid of Zennor' (2010).

Bryony has sung on London stages in Whitney Houston Tribute (2012), All Shook Up (2011) and created the role of the Secretary in The Artist (2012). She was cast as Essie in Parade (2013), at the Pleasance Theatre London and was fortunate to perform at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End. She has also worked in film and TV.

Matthew Phillips. The Fire Spirit, Fred Astaire, Matthew started dancing at the age of 7, in 2003 he danced in Duchy Ballets production of 'The Mousehole Cat', At the age of 12, Matthew was awarded a full scholarship to the Hammond School Chester where he studied a range of dance genres and continued his education. He danced the role of Solar in 'La Bayadere', staged by Jane Elliot and Irek Mukhamedov, he found working with a former Royal Ballet Principal an amazing experience.

Stephanie Johnson. Vocalist: Stephanie made her professional debut at 18 playing Dainty June in the iconic musical 'Gypsy', at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield. She has worked with some of Britain's leading directores, choreographers and producers including Arlene Phillips, Cameron Mackintosh, Trevor Nunn and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber Cornwall Theatre School.

Farran Roland.  Tenor: Farran Roland ia a Zimbabwean by birth but grew up in Cornwall where he sang with local operatic societies including Duchy Opera and the Cornish Gilbert and Sullivan Singers. Farran is now studying opera singing in Milan, with Maestra Silvia Colombini.

He has participated in master classes with John Treleaven, Adrian Thompson and Linda Hurst, and his future plans include productions of 'The Elixir of Love' and 'The Magic Flute' for 'School of Opera', Milano. 

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