CNY Arts To Debut New Holiday Production

Purchase Tickets for the December 13 performance.

This December, CNY Arts will present a new holiday show for Central New York students and families, Dasher’s Magical Gift.

After a 35 year run entertaining thousands of children in Central New York, CNY Arts’ annual narrated holiday ballet, The Adventures of Rudolph, has been retired.

“The Adventures of Rudolph has been a holiday tradition for at least two generations of children, and our staff and board members are excited to announce a brand new holiday show that we hope will become a new tradition”, said Stephen Butler, CNY Arts Executive Director. “Dasher’s Magical Gift was created by a coalition of talented, accomplished theater professionals who live and work in Central New York. It’s locally written, directed, performed, and costumed--truly an original, collaborative effort.”

Dasher’s Magical Gift is a ballet for children that will open for school performances on December 10--12, with a family show to be performed on December 13 at 11 a. m. at the Crouse Hinds Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse. This original story was written by Matt Chiorini, Director of the Theatre Program at Le Moyne College. Chiorini has directed many of LeMoyne’s Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival award-winning productions and teaches classes in performance, Shakespeare, and directing. He served as Artistic Director at People’s Branch Theatre in Nashville, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and Repertory Theatre at Sea for Crystal Cruises. As a writer, Chiorini has had five of his plays published, including one that just closed its 30th production.

The new production presented by CNY Arts is again a narrated ballet, featuring a colorful cast of characters, ample doses of humor, and holiday magic. It is directed and choreographed by Larry Crabtree, a Syracuse native, who serves as Adjunct Dance Instructor at LeMoyne College and Syracuse University, and is a Dance Centre North faculty member. Crabtree is an experienced choreographer who has worked with various musical theatre cabarets in New York City. He was Choreographer/Assistant Director to Tony winner Theodore Mann on musical productions held at Circle in the Square Theatre, such as “Into the Woods’, “Godspell” & “Sweet Charity”. Crabtree worked as a professional dancer in New York City and the surrounding areas for over 20 years, serving as Assistant Director/Principal Dancer with the Anglo-American Ballet and performing with New Jersey Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and the New York City Jazz Ensemble, among others.

Dance Centre North’s students will return to perform the new ballet. The Syracuse school places Classical Ballet is at the core of its dance training, which encompasses elements of the Vaganova, Cecchetti and Royal Ballet techniques. The cast of middle and high school age dancers are from all over Central New York.

Lindsey Quay Sikes will costume the dancers. Sikes is the Visiting Professor of Costume Design at Le Moyne College and also works as a freelance artist throughout the year. She joined the college in 2013, and has costumed several of its shows, including Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, and The Master and Margarita. She also serves as Le Moyne’s Costume Shop Manager and teaches classes in design and construction. Sikes was formerly the University of

Mississippi’s Instructor of Costume Design where she designed costumes for various productions, served as the Assistant Costume Shop Manager, and taught Costume Design, Costume Rendering, Costume History, and Stage Makeup.

Additional costumes will be provided by Catherine Kingsley, Founder of Kingsley Ballet Costumes, Kingsley created all the costumes for her New York City based Classical Ballet Company, the Anglo-American Ballet, for over 25 years. Recent creations have appeared on the stage in America and Europe at the Youth America Grande Prix, American Ballet Theatre and the Genee International Ballet Competition in the United Kingdom. Born in England and trained at the Royal Ballet School and the Royal Academy of Dance, Kingsley was a fashion model for Dior and a professional actress. Presently, she teaches in the Tri-State area and is a faculty member of the Dance Theatre of Westchester.

The production’s lighting design is created by John Czajkowski, a freelance lighting designer currently working with Le Moyne College’s upcoming Main Stage season. Czajkowski has worked as Production Coordinator at Turning Stone Casino and Technical Director and Production Manager for The Red House Arts Center. He has designed lights for a number of Redhouse productions, including Life X's Three, Vigil, John and Jen, and Odysseus DOA, which featured a New York City run.

Tickets for the December 13 performance range in price from $10 to $19, and go on sale September 29, 2014.

To purchase tickets, visit the Syracuse Opera Box Office, 411 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY, Monday through Wednesday, 11am to 2pm, call 315-435-2154, Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, or visit for a link to purchase tickets online.

For more information about Dasher’s Magical Gift, call 315-435-2155. Receive $1 discount per ticket with the purchase of four or more tickets.

Posted On: September 25, 2014
Listed As: CNY Arts News