On Saturday afternoon we braved the rainy and cold weather to head to Uptown Charlotte for the performance of Clara’s Trip. We’d been looking forward to the performance for weeks, and it was the first time we were seeing Caroline Calouche and Co perform at the Booth Playhouse.
We were so impressed with the performance by the dancers of Caroline Calouche & Co at Perspective (Charlotte’s first ever aerial dance on a building performance) so we were excited to see Caroline’s re-imagining of the classic holiday (Nutcracker) story.
The title roles played by Sarah Ritchy who is in her 4th season with the company and a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Multi-Disciplinary degree in dance, theatre and choreographic studies and Javier Gonzalez in role of Beau. Javier is also in his 4th season with the company began his dance career with hip-hop and Latin dances before beginning his studies at CPCC’s dance and theater department in 2009.
For the 2pm performance, the special guest for the evening was Officer Jason Hooven of CMPD (Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department). He played the role of the bartender in the first Act and even showed off some of his ‘dance moves.’ Each performance of Clara’s Trip featured a special guests to show Caroline Calouche & Co’s connection and dedication to the community.
The highlight of the show for us were the performances on silks, and if you love ballet, then I know you’ll love aerial dance as well. Watching the elegance and grace of the dancers is always such a delight for me.
I also LOVED the costumes, as art/fashion lover costumes are always one of the first things I notice at any performance I go to. The costumes worn in the (Fish) dance were a favorite.
Just in case your curious to about some of our favorite dances from the show… Here are a few favorites…
- Clara solo…. Sarah Ritchy
- Fish… Marcia Fresquez & Sarah Small
- Flowers… Kelsey Aylward, Kaila Dockal, Marcia Fresquez, Becca Harwell, Javier Gonzalez, Lacey Pie, Sarah Richy, Krysta Rogden & Sarah Small.
The final dance Mr. & Mrs. Flowers performed by Caroline Calouche & Alan Malpass was an absolute showstopper.
Photo Credit | Peter Zay
Since the show is ever-changing, this is definitely a show that you can see year after year. So make Clara’s Trip a part of your plans for December 2019!