Each fall, aspiring ballerinas start preparing for Christmas early. In September, Alexis Dayton, a junior at Danbury High School and a student at the Toledo Ballet, auditioned to perform in the 74th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The holiday ballet is staged by Lisa Mayer, The Toledo Ballet Artistic Director.
Alexis was cast in two roles, a Big Soldier in Act 1 and a Candy Cane in Act 2. Alexis balances being an active honors student at Danbury High School with classes and rehearsals at The Toledo Ballet each week. She is also active in Key Club, National Honor Society and musical and drama performances in high school.
Alexis describes herself as driven because she wants to achieve her goals in life and also because she spends countless hours each week travelling by car to dance and voice classes. Alexis has been dancing since age three and she is planning on pursuing a minor in dance or musical theatre in college. Alexis is the daughter of Ted and Lisa Dayton.
The Nutcracker will be performed at The Stranahan Theater in Toledo on December 13-14. The ballet will be accompanied by The Toledo Symphony. For ticket information, please contact the box office at 419-381-8851. You can also purchase tickets online at stranahantheater.com. Ticket prices range $24-$54.