The White Witch
Emily Bolar is 20 years old and is from Winchester, Kentucky. She has danced with Nashville Ballet in the Trainee/2nd company division for the past two years. Previous to Nashville Ballet she danced two years at Next Generation Ballet Trainee Program under the direction of Philip Neal with a New Artist scholarship. Her early ballet training was with Wilmore Christian Ballet and Winchester Christian Ballet. Last year performed in Waltz of the Flowers with the company at Nashville Ballet. With Next Generation she has performed in Balanchine’s Western Symphony as the principal role for 2nd Movement, Nutcracker as Dewdrop, Le Corsaire as Medora, and various contemporary pieces choreographed by Maria Konrad. Emily is thrilled to be performing as a guest dancer in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for the fifth time.
Ethan Maas is 17 years old and a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He is the son of Darren and Rebecca Maas of Lexington. He previously studied ballet at Gloria Deo School of the Arts in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Ethan is currently training at Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina under the tutelage of Mariaelena Ruiz. While dancing with Cary Ballet Company Ethan has performed in George Balanchines’s Serenade and in the world premiere of Maria Konrad’s contemporary ballet, Bonjour le Monde! Ethan has performed multiple roles in Cary Ballet’s Nutcracker and will debate as Cavalier this season. Mr. Maas is a Youth America Grand Prix alumni and a 2023 Prix de Lausanne candidate. Ethan has received multiple awards and scholarships to train with prestigious schools all over the globe. Recently Ethan participated in YGP Paris France where he received recognition for his classical and contemporary performances. Ethan has also received scholarships to American Ballet Theatre JKO in New York City, John Cranko Schule in Germany, European School of Ballet in Netherlands, and Royal Ballet School in London England. Ethan has previously performed in the role of Edmond and is looking forward to taking on the new challenge of Peter.
Angelica South is originally from Traverse City, Michigan where she trained in classical ballet under the direction of Thomas Morrell. She attended The Harid Conservatory, American Ballet Theatre, and The Bolshoi Ballet Theatre summer programs. In 2013, she won first place in the Pas de Deux category at the Youth America Grand Prix, and was invited to the finals in NYC. The Bolshoi Ballet also invited her to attend their year-round school in Moscow, Russia. Angelica danced professionally for six seasons with The Lexington Ballet. She performed many principle roles, The Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Alice (Alice in Wonderland), and Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), amongst many others. She danced with Allegro Dance Project for three seasons, and was a guest artist with Virginia Youth Ballet and Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre.
Currently, she is the Artistic Director of United Fine Arts Academy in Georgetown, KY, and a Managing Partner of United Talent. Angelica has choreography 11 original ballet productions for her company and has been a YAGP coach since 2017. Her students have gone on to attend Cincinnati Ballet, Nutmeg Ballet, Lexington Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Berklee College of Music. Angelica lives in Lexington with her husband, three cats, and loves to hike and travel.
Keynald Reinaldo Vergara Soto
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.
Kinley Reed was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She began her studies in ballet at the age of 8 at Gloria Deo School of the Arts. While at Gloria Deo, Kinley was under the direction of Artistic Director, Sarah Henderson, Keynald Reinaldo Vergara Soto, and Hannah Henderson and participated in Summer Intensives taught by Emily Carrico and Sergio Masero. When Kinley was 10 years old she was invited to participate in a pas de deux workshop where she trained in pas de deux technique with Dave Goud. Kinley danced the lead part as Lucy Prevensie in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe ballet in years 2018 and 2019. In 2020, after the close of Gloria Deo School of the Arts, she began training with Academy Director, Mrs. Rafaela Risco at Kentucky Ballet Theatre. While at KBT, Kinley has had many opportunities to dance corps de ballet with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre professional company under the instruction of Artistic Director, Mr. Norbe Risco. Kinley loves the art of ballet and is excited about continuing her education with Mrs. Risco, learning and growing as a dancer, and hopes to join the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Company after graduation.
Aslan: Emma Schmoll (front), Alexus Rockward (back)
White Witch: Emily Bolar
Peter: Ethan Maas
Susan: Angelica South
Edmund: Keynald Reynaldo Vergara Soto
Lucy: Kinley Reed
Mrs. Beaver: Danielle Ansiel
Mr. Beaver: Eric Briggs
Winter Maidens: Miranda Maas, Danielle Ansiel
Nymph Lead: Miranda Maas
Nymph Corps: Mollie Martin, Hannah Porter, Mary Temprano, Kara Reed
Snow Fairies: Mollie Martin, Norah Muller
Lead Ice Dancers: Mandariah Reeves, Norah Muller
Ice Corps: Briley Hensley, Miranda Maas, Eleanor Lee, Alyssa Crum
Maugrim: Briley Hensley
Messenger Wolf: Miranda Maas
Wolf Pack: Anna Waldrop, Eleanor Lee, Alyssa Crum
Mr. Tumnus: Elijah Loveland
Dwarf: Luke Eiden
Mrs. Macready: Shannon Cook
Professor Kirke: Kenton Sena
Birds: Sofie Flannery, Eliza Oatley, Laurel Henderson, Lucy Schwartz
Father Christmas: Paul Ponder
Stone Statues: Danielle Ansiel, Miranda Maas, Eleanor Lee, Briley Hensley, Mandariah Reeves, Sarai Dunn, Alyssa Crum, Anna Waldrop
Aslan’s Army: Danielle Ansiel, Miranda Maas, Eleanor Lee, Briley Hensley, Mandariah Reeves, Anna Waldrop, Shannon Cook, Alyssa Crum, Sarai Dunn
Flag Bearers: Lauren Devore, Lilly Higgins
Witch’s Army: Anna Waldrop, Autumn Geosenan, Lilly Higgins, Kara Reed, Lauren Devore, Mollie Martin, Hannah Porter, Ellie Shockey, Alina Newman, Betsy Martin, Ellie Quisehuati
Cair Paravel Dancers: Miranda Maas, Eleanor Lee, Briley Hensley, Mandariah Reeves, Norah Muller, Shannon Cook, Sarai Dunn, Alyssa Crum
Court Dancers: Ellie Shockey, Betsy Martin, Alina Newman, Ellie Quisehuati, Lauren Devore
Flower Girls: Mollie Martin, Hannah Porter, Mary Temprano, Kara Reed