Local dancers in Vermont Center for 'Neverland'

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RUTLAND — The Vermont Center for Dance Education is presenting its full-length ballet production of "Neverland" at 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland.

The production, several months in the making, is based on the story of Peter Pan and features Pawlet resident and Burr & Burton Academy senior Carley Lund in the role of Wendy.

This will be Lund's last performance with Vermont Center for Dance Education, where she's been a student since 2008. Next year she will continue her studies in the dance program at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.

Peter Pan will be portrayed by Manolo Zelkin, while Emily Dupont and Kristina Hilliard have been cast in the roles of Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily and Benjamin Green and Lucy Ursitti will appear as Captain Hook and his wife.

The Vermont Center for Dance Education is under the direction of Stefania Nardi, who designed and created many of the costumes for this performance. A native of Italy, Nardi graduated from the Teacher Training Program of the prestigious National Academy of Dance in Rome, and she's certified to teach the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum from pre-primary through level seven.

Tickets are $20 — $25 for adults, and $15 for seniors and children under 12 and can be purchased online at paramountvt.org, by phone at 802 775-0903 and at the Paramount box office


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