MMS Students to Perform in SCBT’s “The Nutcracker”

Mount Madonna School students Riley Butler, 5th, and Amelia Busenhart, 7th, will be dancing in Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre’s (SCBT) upcoming production of “The Nutcracker,” December 16, 17, 18 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Riley has been studying dance for six years – four of them focused on ballet, and with SCBT for three years. The upcoming show will be her third “Nutcracker” with SCBT and she will perform the role of “Baby Mouse.”

Amelia has been dancing for SCBT on the Petite Company and now Junior Company for five years. She has been with the same artistic directors and The Studio for 7 years. In addition to ballet, Amelia has also studied jazz and tap. Amelia roles are: Clara, Party Girl, Ribbon Girl and as an understudy for a flower role.

MMS parents Rod and Kelly Caborn are also part of SCBT’s “Nutcracker” cast – Rod will perform as Drosselmeyer, the magician/toymaker who brings the nutcracker to the party, and Kelly is The Maid, with whom Drosselmeyer has a delightfully furtive ‘flirtation’.

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Nestled among the redwoods on 380 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believes a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The program, accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.

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