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CTC conservatory actors, design fellow reminisce about Chautauqua experience

CTC conservatory actors, design fellow reminisce about Chautauqua experience

With the end of Chautauqua Theater Company’s 30th anniversary season, the 14 conservatory students and five fellows packed up their gear and left the grounds. With three professional productions under their belts — and faced with challenges such as designing on top of a circus set or wearing a gorilla suit — the students-turned-professionals are ready for their next ventures.

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet closes 2013 FES

Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet closes 2013 FES

Part of the excitement of hosting the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is that after the performance, all of the kids in the audience try their hardest to relevé and pirouette. Holding tight onto a parent’s hand for support — each hoping, even if just for one night, to be the next prima ballerina.

Closing this season’s Family Entertainment Series, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet from Jamestown, N.Y., will perform at 7 p.m. tonight in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. This marks the ballet company’s eighth performance at Chautauqua Institution.

“I just think it’s a beautiful art form — dance, ballet,” said Monika Alch, CRYB artistic director. “I think that everybody can enjoy it if they understand ballet, or [if] they don’t.”