Cast


PRINCIPAL DANCERS

EMILY BOLAR The White Witch
Emily Bolar is currently a New Artist at Next Generation Ballet Trainee Program in Tampa, Florida, under the direction of Philip Neal, a former principal ballet danseur at New York City Ballet. This is Emily’s second year as a trainee at Next Generation Ballet. Her former schools she danced at are Wilmore Christian Ballet School and Winchester Christian Ballet. She competed in YAGP regionals 2019 and received top 12 in classical variations in Tampa, Florida. She has performed in Balancine’s Western Symphony as the principal role for Second Movement, Balanchine’s Nutcracker as Dewdrop, Le Corsiare as Medora, Giselle as Myrta, and this upcoming semester will be in Swan Lake as the Black Swan. Emily is thrilled to be performing in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe again for the fourth time. She has previously been the white witch and is excited to be a guest for Gloria Deo and perform this role again.

KEYNALD R. VERGARA SOTO Peter Pevensie
Keynald Reinaldo Vergara was born in Havana, Cuba and started dancing at the age of 10 at the Juan Pablo Duarte Elementary School. He finished training at The National Ballet School “Ena” in 2010. After graduation, he continued on to Prodanza in Cuba where he danced many roles, including Dracula (Renfield, Court), The Nutcracker (Cavalier, Doll, Joker, Arabian, Russian), Le Corsaire (Ali, Pas de Esclave, Merchant), La Sylphides (James), Paquita (Pas de Trois) and many others. He has worked with great teachers and choreographers including Magaly Suarez, Fernando Alonso, William Starrett, Laura Alonso and Ramona de Zaa Bello. He was a principal dancer with the Columbia City Ballet for two seasons from 2015 to 2017. Recently, he competed in the 2018’s International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi making it to the final round.

BREANNA JUSTUS Susan Pevensie
Breanna Faith Justus was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and began dancing at the age of three. She trained at the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy from 2007-2019 under the direction of Ms. Rafaela Risco. Ms. Justus has performed in many classical ballets with Kentucky Ballet Theatre, including corps de ballet roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Paquita, Le Corsaire, Carmen, and Harlequinade. She has also had the privilege of performing several soloist roles, including Clara, Enchanted Clara, Arabian, and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker and the Harlequinade pas de deux in Harlequinade. Under the coaching of Ms. Rafaela Risco, she participated in Youth America Grand Prix, where she was awarded Top Twelve in the regionals three times, and in the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition, where she placed first in the regionals and competed in the finals. She has had the honor of working under Ms. Aurora Bosch, one of the four “Cuban Jewels”. Ms. Justus has attended summer intensives at Ballet Magnificat, the Kentucky Governor’s School of the Arts, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in NYC. In 2017, she had the privilege of participating in the NSLI-Y partnership with RAF Russian Language and Culture and Bolshoi Way program in Moscow, Russia, where she had the opportunity of training at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy) under the teaching of Ekaterina Ronnikova. Ms. Justus is currently in her first season with Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s professional company as a Trainee. She is humbled and excited to be performing with Gloria Deo in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the second time.

SOLOISTS

ETHAN MAAS Edmund Pevensie
Ethan Maas is the son of Darren and Rebecca Maas. Ethan is 14 years old and is homeschooled. He has been dancing at Gloria Deo School of the Arts for 2 years. Ethan danced the roll of Aladdin in the 2019 Ballet Under the Stars Preshow. He is a 2020 Ambassador for Ballet in the City® and later this month Ethan will compete in his first Youth America Grand Prix. Ethan will be attending the Boys Ballet Summer Intensive this year. Ethan is studying and working towards becoming a professional ballet dancer.

KINLEY REEDLucy Pevensie
Kinley Reed is a 13 year old homeschooled 8th grader. She began her ballet training at Gloria Deo School of the Arts and has been dancing there for 4 the last years. Kinley first began training in gym nastics but was introduced to the world of ballet at age nine. Since then, she has developed a fierce passion for the art of classical ballet. Her hard work and dedication earned her an invitation to join the advance and pre-professional program at Gloria Deo. Along with dancing the role of Lucy Pevensie in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Ballet, she will be competing for the first time in the Youth American Grand Prix in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of the month.

COMPLETE CAST

Aslan: Jacqueline Henderson, Amber SchmollWhite Witch: Emily BolarPeter: Keynald Reynaldo Vergara SotoSusan: Breanna JustusEdmond: Ethan MaasLucy: Kinley Reed Mrs Beaver: Miranda MaasMr Beaver: Angelito Anacan Winter Maidens: Briley Hensley, Eleanor LeeNymph Lead: Sarah Lafountain Nymph Corps: Jane Ashley Saylor, Kylie Reed, Cocoa Kubo, Ella RaySnow Fairies: Danielle Ansiel, Mandariah ReevesIce Leads: Miranda Maas, Briley Hensley Ice Corps: Greta Schmidt, Sarah LaFountain, Eleanor Lee, Cocoa Kubo, Bella Sephaban Maugrim: Shelby SnowMessenger Wolf: Bella Sephaban Wolf Pack: Elenaor Lee, Briley Hensley, Kylie Reed Mr. Tumnus: Noah EidenDwarf: Luke EidenMrs MaCready: Greta SchmidtProfessor Kirke: Dan ShefflerBirds: Ava Weber, Nora Muller, Kara Reed, Jayna PrivetFather Christmas: Paul PonderStone Statues: Miranda Maas, Shelby Snow, Eleanor Lee, Briley Hensley, Sarah LaFountain, Cocoa Kubo, Kylie Reed, Danielle Ansiel  Aslan’s Army: Miranda Maas, Shelby Snow, Eleanor Lee, Briley Hensley, Sarah LaFountain, Cocoa Kubo Witch’s Army: Bella Sephaban, Kylie Reed, Danielle Ansiel, Jane Ashley Saylor, Greta Schmidt, Mandariah Reeves, Ella Ray, Sarai Dunn, Shannon Cook, Juliana Nelson, Shiloh Lakes Cair Paravel Dancers: Danielle Ansiel, Shelby Snow, Eleanor Lee, Briley Hensley, Sarah LaFountain, Jane Ashley Saylor, Cocoa Kubo, Bella Sephaban Court Dancers: Greta Schmidt, Shiloh Lakes, Ella Ray, Kylie Reed, Shannon CookFlower Girls: Sarai Dunn, Mandariah Reeves, Juliana Nelson, Ava Weber