Hammond Ballet Company has cast Annabelle Elyse Mack of Albany as Clara in their 20th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker.”

She is the daughter of Shane and Bridgett Mack and a student at Albany Middle School.

This is her fourth year in the Hammond Ballet Company Nutcracker ballet.

Her previous roles include Tiny Mouse, Party Girl, Polichinelle, and Clara’s Friend.

Annabelle has been dancing at A Touch of Class Performing Arts in Ponchatoula since she was 2 years old.

Annabelle is a member of the Hammond Ballet Junior Company.

She has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition, where she was recognized in the Top 12 of the Pre-Competitive age division.

Annabelle also auditioned for the American Ballet Theatre Young Dancer Summer Workshop in New York City and was accepted into the program.

She attended this two-week ballet intensive August 1-12, 2016, in New York.

Annabelle is also a member of the A Touch of Class Performing Arts Company Competition Team.

She was recently crowned as Junior Miss Dance of Louisiana 2017, and she has previously held the title of Petite Miss Dance of Louisiana 2015.

Hammond Ballet Company auditioned and has cast 85 dancers in their 20th annual production.

Guests artists are Andrea Maciel de Faria and Douglas Horne.

Area dancers are from Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany Parishes and Tylertown, Miss.

Other Livingston Parish dancers cast in the production are: Avery Anderson, bunny soldier, Springfield; Elizabeth Forrest, party girl, Holden; Danielle Hopper, party girl and polichinelle, Springfield Middle School; Gabrielle Landry, angel, Springfield Elementary; Jessica Litolff, snowflake and marzipan solo, Holden High; Bailey Miller, cook, French Settlement Elementary; Garrett Miller, party boy and tall mouse, French Settlement Elementary; Briana Watson, salt water taffy and flower, French Settlement Elementary; and Callie Watson, soldier and angel, French Settlement Elementary.

Performances will be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec 10, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the box office at 220 E. Thomas Street, Hammond, 985-543-4371 or online at ColumbiaTheatre.org.

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