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12-year-old repeats ‘Nutcracker’ role


December 9, 2015

Twelve-year-old Eden Vold, of Mukilteo, plays the role of Clara in the Alderwood Dance Spectrum’s production of “A Storybook Nutcracker,” showing Dec. 10-12 at the Everett PUD Auditorium.

Eden Vold has stepped into her sister’s ballet shoes to play Clara in the “Nutcracker.”

Eden, 12, of Mukilteo, is starring in Alderwood Dance Spectrum’s 21st annual production of “A Storybook Nutcracker” as Clara. The ballet opens Dec. 10 at the Everett PUD Auditorium.

This is the first time in 21 years that the same dancer has played Clara in a Alderwood Dance Spectrum production. The Explorer Middle School seventh grader also danced as Clara in last year’s show.

“She did such a great job at it, I just felt she deserved it,” Director Sue Lidston said. “She is a very technical dancer, and her acting skills are also extremely good. She also has a lovely stage presence. We’re just pleased to have Eden again.”

Eden’s older sister, Iris, now 16, was Clara when she was 12, too.

Although Eden won’t literally be wearing Iris’s shoes – Iris was on pointe when she played the role – she will wear the same costume from four years ago.

“It’s fun to see her play Clara, especially because I get to see her do things that I also did, but also new things from when I was Clara,” Iris said. “It’s really cool.”

Since she was 6, Eden has had many roles in the “Nutcracker.” She also has been a mouse, a soldier, a jester, a bon bon, Chinese tea and friends of Clara’s.

As Clara, Eden dances in “Waltz of the Snowflakes” and “Waltz of the Flowers.” She has duets with David Aldridge as the Nutcracker, Gina Mortensen as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mike Creeden as Herr Drosselmeyer.

“It’s really fun,” Eden said. “I’m doing the same dances, but in a more advanced way than I did last year. It will be fun to compare myself in a positive way, and see how much I’ve improved.”

She said her favorite of the dances is the duet with the Sugar Plum Fairy, where they dance in unison, shadowing each other’s moves, from arabesques to grand jetes.

“Our dances correspond,” Eden said. “She does something, then I do something, and then we dance together.”

Eden practiced her dances up to six hours every week for three weeks. Although her sister, Iris, and brother, Tyler, have shared the “Nutcracker” stage with her in past years, it will just be Eden this time.

Eden has been dancing since she was 3 years old. In addition to ballet, she dances jazz, lyrical and tap. She also plays the violin in Explorer’s orchestra.

Like her sister, Eden wants to become a “triple threat” – a singer, actor and dancer. She said she’d love to be in a production of “Chicago” when she’s older.

“I plan to dance for a long time after this, but I plan to have an academic degree,” Eden said. “I like academics.”

This year, Eden also was in the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE production of “The Addams Family.” She played a Native American, one of the Addams’ ancestors.

She also has been in KIDSTAGE’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Anything Goes Junior” and “Beauty and the Beast Junior.”

While she was practicing for “The Addams Family,” she also was practicing for the “Nutcracker.”

“My schedule was really complicated, and so it was just easier to be Clara than any other role,” Eden said. “Since I already knew all the dances for Clara, I could just play her role again.”

Mukilteo’s Mary and Cynthia Douglas are also in this year’s “Nutcracker.” Mary, a Mariner High School freshman, plays Herr Drosselmeyer's soldier and Cynthia, also an Explorer seventh grader, plays Clara’s friend.

“A Storybook Nutcracker” is showing Dec. 10-12 at the PUD Auditorium, at 2320 California in Everett.

Performances are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 9:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Tickets are $15 each. Group rates available for Thursday and Friday matinees. Order tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

For more information, contact Alderwood Dance Spectrum at 425-771-2994 or go to http://www.alderwooddancespectrum.com.


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