Nearly two dozen local students are among the dancers performing in “Twelve Dancing Princesses” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” both choreographed by Sarah Rigles, Classical Ballet Academy’s director, during the pre-professional program’s 10th-season performances the weekend of May 16.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: FRANCINE STACZEK - Abigail Robertson, junior at Clackamas High School, dances the part of the lead princess and Alex Stuart, junior at Gladstone High School, dances the part of the soldier.“Twelve Dancing Princesses,” originally a Brothers Grimm fairy tale in which 12 young princesses defy their father and dance the night away in the Diamond Forest, is set to a score by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. Rigles promises this “stunning interpretation” will include sumptuous sets and costumes, and the “charming tale will enchant and delight audiences of all ages.”

All part of CBA’s pre-professional ballet program, Gardner Middle School student Grace Didway is in “Dancing Princesses” only, along with the Alliance Charter Academy’s Rachel Armstrong, Oregon City High School’s Stefan Previs, Clackamas High School’s Kelly Pugh, Gladstone High School’s Alex Stuart, Oregon Trail Elementary’s Samantha Harris, and Gabriella Gately and Rachel Hibbs of La Salle Prep.

“Phantom of the Opera” showcases Classical Ballet Academy’s contemporary, modern and jazz program through a plot revolving around a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a mysterious disfigured musical genius. Local dancers appearing in it will include Alliance Charter Academy’s Naomi Rux, Natazia Head, Etta Partridge and Rachel Modlin; Oregon City High School’s Ari Seibert, Emily Martin and Krista Whiting; Boring Middle School’s Paige Lovely; Clackamas High School’s Abigail Robertson; and Zoe Wilber from La Salle.

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