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Casting for Alice


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#1 Old Fashioned

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Posted 05 June 2003 - 07:47 AM

From HB's website:

June 5 (evening)
Alice Julie Gumbinner
White Rabbit Dominic Walsh
Tiger Lily pas de deux Leticia Oliveira and Randy Herrera

June 7 (matinee)
Alice Sara Webb
White Rabbit Mauricio Caņete
Tiger Lily pas de deux Mireille Hassenboehler and Ian Casady

June 7(evening)
Alice Julie Gumbinner
White Rabbit Dominic Walsh
Tiger Lily pas de deux Sara Webb and Zdenek Konvalina

June 8 (matinee)
Alice Britain Werkheiser
White Rabbit Fernando Moraga
Tiger Lily pas de deux Sara Webb and Zdenek Konvalina

June 13 (evening)
Alice Sara Webb
White Rabbit Mauricio Caņete
Tiger Lily pas de deux Mireille Hassenboehler and Ian Casady

June 14 (evening)
Alice Laura Richards
White Rabbit Fernando Moraga
Tiger Lily pas de deux Leticia Oliveira and Randy Herrera

June 15 (matinee)
Alice Julie Gumbinner
White Rabbit Dominic Walsh
Tiger Lily pas de deux Leticia Oliveira and Randy Herrera

#2 Old Fashioned

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Posted 05 June 2003 - 07:52 AM

I hope I get to Sara Webb- a soloist- in this role. Last I saw her was in Swan Lake as Odette/Odile two years ago. The only thing I can remember from her performance was she had wonderful projection, I could feel her presence all the way up in the front balcony (really bad last minute seats). She didn't finish all 32 fouettes and traveled quite a bit, but I would like to see how she has matured since then. I read somewhere that she's become one of Welch's "favorites." I feel a promotion coming on.

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Posted 05 June 2003 - 08:08 AM

Thanks, Old Fashioned -- please post a review. There may well be other Houston fans here who are too shy to post, and you'll lure them out :)

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Posted 05 June 2003 - 05:31 PM

Please keep us posted Old Fashioned. I've only seen pictures of Sara Webb, but from that alone I think she must be special.

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Posted 05 June 2003 - 09:17 PM

Here's a small clip of her in Alice if you haven't seen it yet. http://houstonballet.org/mpg/alice.mpg

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Posted 06 June 2003 - 01:31 PM

She's a gorgeous dancer and I've seen her in many roles just not Alice. She looks good in both contemporary and classical works and is still maturing as she is still young.

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Posted 06 June 2003 - 03:15 PM

Thanks, Boydancer. If you're going to see Alice, please post a review so I can hear a different reaction to the ballet. I'm going to this Saturday's matinee with Webb in the lead.:) It's interesting how a corps dancer, Laura Richards, will be Alice on the 14th. I've never really paid attention to her before, and it would be interesting to see her in the role, but I doubt I will be going to more than one showing.

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Posted 06 June 2003 - 09:06 PM

This is Richards' second season with the company and shes a beautiful dancer. A really cute Clara for Nutcracker with really good prescence and technique. She's one to watch among the young corps girls. I've seen her rehearsing the role and she looks pretty comfortable in it.


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