Digital Program

Spring Storybook Series

Mid-Columbia Ballet

Artistic Director

Debra Pearse Rogo


Naomie Bracy Tessa Callister Curran Campbell Saffron Campbell Michael Cryan Brianna Deray Isabella Deray Alyssa Ekstrom Alanna Engler Emerie Fergusson Philippe Gonzalez Abigail Johnson Morgan Lowry Aislin Maloney Anniston Martin Emily Martin Leah Nguyen Salma Oummani Elissia Presti Reese Robinson Emme Scherer Natalie Scherer Sana Schiffern Lily Stout Elayna Thurston Josephine Whitney Lucy Williams Addison Wiser

About Mid-Columbia Ballet

The Mid-Columbia Ballet (MCB) is a nonprofit corporation, whose mission is to foster and advance the art of ballet in its various forms in the Mid-Columbia region. MCB is managed by a Board of Directors and the MCB Guild is responsible for managing volunteers and many fundraising activities.

The MCB consists of young dancers committed to the art of ballet. MCB’s repertoire includes classical, neoclassical, and modern works by choreographers from throughout the United States. MCB has been granted performance rights to several Balanchine works by the George Balanchine Trust and was the first pre-professional group to perform a work by Twyla Tharp.

MCB has performed at Chop Shop: Bodies of Work in Seattle, USA/International Ballet Competition, in Austria at the Tanzsommer Austrian Arts Festival and at SPRING TO DANCE in St. Louis, Missouri. MCB has hosted Regional Dance America/Pacific Festivals four times, each time bringing to the Tri-Cities over twenty amateur and professional ballet companies, internationally known dance teachers and lecturers, and university recruiters for the 4-day convention.

MCB has also grown to be a valuable community resource. MCB received the 2020 STAR award from the City of Richland for pivoting The Nutcracker to a free movie, Clara’s Tri-Cities Nutcracker Dream that had 14,000 YouTube views and featured over 30 local businesses and locations. In addition, MCB was selected as a grant recipient for Gesa’s Local Heroes program in 2020 and 2021 in recognition of the positive impact our outreach and educational efforts have had in our community. We are very honored to be recognized this way.

Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Mid-Columbia Ballet’s (MCB) Storybook Series showcasing Ballet de’ Seuss. This is our first time performing at the Windermere Theatre. We thank our friends at The Academy of Children’s Theater, and we look forward to future ventures together.

Our next Spring Performance, Swan Lake Act II & Repertory Works, will be performed at Hanford High School, May 20 and 21. We welcome Nicole Ciapponi and Marco Clemente from Diablo Ballet in Walnut Creek, California to perform alongside our senior, intermediate, and junior companies. We are thrilled that Tri-City native, MCB Honorary Board Member, internationally renowned ballerina, and former Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet, Patricia Barker, will be here to assist our artistic director in bringing this classic to the stage.

Finding suitable performing space in the Tri-Cities is very challenging. Please support the Arts Center Task Force’s efforts to bring a Performing Arts Center to the Tri-Cities. If you attended the Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser on March 11, 2023, thank you for your support. Also, please mark your calendars for Mid-Columbia Ballet’s Summer Garden Party at the Reach Museum on August 19, 2023, where you can enjoy a wonderful evening with the Mid-Columbia Ballet and our supporters.

MCB is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to foster the art of dance in our community. We depend on the support of the community to build the resources that allow us to provide you with quality dance performances. We extend our thanks to the many businesses and individuals who generously support our projects each year. Please help us thank them with your patronage. Without the continued fundraising and volunteer efforts of the MCB Guild, productions such as this would not be possible. If you wish to join in supporting MCB, please visit our donor page. On behalf of the MCB Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for attending this production. Enjoy the show!

Al Wells
Chair, Board of Directors
Mid-Columbia Ballet

Ballet de Seuss


Debra Pearse Rogo

Scenic Design

Cameron Milton   Joel Rogo   Jason Martin   Mark White


Willow Busselman & Michelle Engler

Production Staff

Stage Manager
Gaye Wutzke
Assistant Stage Manager
Rebecca Rogo
Wardrobe Managers
Michelle Engler, Kim Hattrup, Sarah Robinson, Angie Scherer
Lighting & Sound Technician
Cameron Milton

Cast List

Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat
Lucy Williams
Sana Schiffern
Michael Cryan
Lily Stout
Thing 1
Naomie Bracy
Thing 2
Leah Nguyen
Alyssa Ekstrom, Alanna Engler, Morgan Lowry, Emme Scherer
Elissia Presti

Daisy Head Mayzie

Anniston Martin
Elissia Presti
School Children
Armelle Bonneville, Vianne Bricker, Addison Chamberlain, Emily Croyle, Cornelia Darling, Ellie Flynn, Marisol Garcia, Liliana Littleton, Reilly Murray, Hannah Smith, Isla Williams, Reagan Willis
Elayna Thurston
Isabella Deray
Abby Johnson
Reese Robinson
Emily Martin with Chloe Custodio, Tabitha Orth, Keziah Thomas, Rylie Walters
Talent Agent
Philippe Gonzalez
Movie star
Saffron Campbell
Aislin Maloney
Josephine Whitney, Addison Wiser

Gertude McFuzz

Natalie Scherer
Emerie Fergusson
Naomie Bracy, Saffron Campbell, Isabella Deray, Abby Johnson, Aislin Maloney, Anniston  Martin, Emily Martin, Leah Nguyen, Reese  Robinson, Sana Schiffern, Lily Stout, Elayna  Thurston, Josephine Whitney, Addison Wiser
Dr. Drake
Elissia Presti
Pill-Berry Bush
Tessa Callister

The Sneetches

Brianna Deray, Alyssa Ekstrom, Alanna Engler, Morgan Lowry, Salma Oummani, Emme Scherer with Eleanor Brown, Gwenyth Cook, Lyra Davis, Emmaleigh Haugen, Claire Phillips, Logan Wiser, Claire McNeil, Kayla Davis, Maria Chmura, Brianna Dahl, Juliann Diaz, Addison Foy, Caetlyn Kovis, Ria Mascal, London Mulholland, Avery Ogden, Hadassah Thomas, Bella Viera, Sadie Wysock
Sylvester McMonkey McBean
Curran Campbell

MCB Company Dancers

Naomie Bracy

Tessa Callister

Curran Campbell

Saffron Campbell

Michael Cryan

Brianna Deray

Isabella Deray

Alyssa Ekstrom

Alanna Engler

Emerie Fergusson

Philippe Gonzalez

Abigail Johnson

Morgan Lowry

Aislin Maloney

Anniston Martin

Emily Martin

Leah Nguyen

Salma Oummani

Elissia Presti

Reese Robinson

Emme Scherer

Natalie Scherer

Sana Schiffern

Lily Stout

Elayna Thurston

Josephine Whitney

Lucy Williams

Addison Wiser

Intermediate Company

Maria Chmura, Addison Foy, Bella Viera, Brianna Dahl, London Mulholland, Caetlyn Kovis Ria Mascal, Mylinh Nguyen, Juliann Diaz, Avery Ogden, Sadie Wysock, Reagan Willis 

(Not pictured: Hadassah Thomas)

Junior Company

Emmaleigh Haugen, Marisol Garcia, Emily Croyle, Hannah Smith, Reilly Murray, Addison Chamberlain, Keziah Thomas, Logan Wiser, Eleanor Brown, Lyra Davis, Gwenyth Cook, Tabitha Orth, Corinna Chu, Rylie Walters, Claire Phillips, Chloe Custodio, Vianne Bricker, Cornelia Darling, Claire McNeil, Kayla Davis, Ellie Flynn, Armelle Bonneville, Isla Williams, Liliana Littleton

MCB Staff

Susan Presti, Lily Wutzke, Rebecca Rogo, Willow Busselman, Debra Rogo, Allie Yates, Torrie Mower, Baleigh Bierman, Veronica Andersen

Artistic Director

Debra Pearse Rogo


Gaye Wutzke

Artistic Assistant

Torrie Mower

Artistic Assistant & INCLUDE Dir.

Rebecca Rogo

Wardrobe Supervisor

Allie Yates

Outreach Coordinator

Susan Presti

Social Media

Willow Busselman

Administrative Consultant

Renée Kolman

Artistic Intern

Baleigh Bierman

Artistic Intern

Lily Wutzke

Debra Pearse Rogo, Artistic Director

Debra grew up in Melbourne, Australia where she trained in the Cecchetti (Italian) Method of Ballet passing all exams, including her teaching certification, with Honors. She also received teaching and performing opportunities with the National Theatre and Ballet Victoria. After finishing her schooling, she performed with the Sydney City Ballet for three years before moving to the United States where she was the Assistant Director and then Artistic Director of Ballet Omaha, a professional company with its own school. In 1987, Debra and her husband, Joel, moved to Washington State to buy a small ballet school; the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet. After more than 30 years it is now the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music and includes a Performing Arts Pre-School.

Debra has served as Chairman of Regional Dance America/Pacific, President of Regional Dance America, on the Honorary Committee for the USA International Ballet Competition and as Executive Director of Regional Dance America’s Craft of Choreography Conference. Debra has been a guest teacher at many US schools and universities, the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda, the 2013 Australian Cecchetti Conference, the 2014 USA International Cecchetti Conference and the 2016 Cecchetti USA Summer School. In recognition of her work in the Tri-Cities, Ms. Rogo received the City of Richland 2014 Contribution to the Arts Award.

MCB Board of Directors

Honorary Board Member

Patricia Barker

Former Artistic Director, Royal New Zealand Ballet

Honorary Board Members in Memorium

Curt Colvin Patty Taylor Wally Weimer

MCB Guild

Guild Officers and Committee Chairs

Dawn Cryan
Ashley Lowry
Neil Henson
Jen Chamberlain
Angie Scherer & Lesley Paslean
Ballet Café
Bouchra Oummani & Aimee Kovis
Pam Campbell & Lot Deray
Travers Bracy & Brandie Bracy
Christina Stout
Kay Nguyen & Emily Maloney
Restaurant Fundraisers
Aimee Kovis
Cooklies & Water
Sandra Cortez & Shawna Ekstrom
Jen & Travis Chamberlain
Online Store
Jason Paslean
Front of House
Ashley Lowry & Nicole Wiser
Shevaun Martin
Kelly Bright & Lauri Whitney
Jody & Ron Longwell
Naoko Schiffern

The mission of the Guild is to support and promote the Mid-Columbia Ballet in their commitment to providing high quality performing arts to our community. The Guild assumes responsibility for organizing volunteers to support MCB productions such as The Nutcracker. Guild funds help MCB with production costs such as theatre rental, costumes, guest artists, and outreach. Volunteers organize a series of various events throughout the year to raise funds for MCB.

The Guild welcomes any new members who wish to ensure that the Tri-Cities will always have an opportunity to enjoy the cultural experiences of ballet. To learn more about the Guild and how to become a member visit our Guild page.

2022-2023 Season Guild Members

Ryan & Melany Bickford
Delphine & Alain Bonneville
Travers & Brandie Bracy
Paul & Tina Branson
JoAnn & John Brehm
Bradley & Talena Bricker
Amanda & Brandon Brown
Pamela & Dale Campbell
Travis & Jen Chamberlain
Robert & Svitlana Chmura
Rosey Chu
Sandra Cortez
Tim & Katie Croyle
Dawn & Mike Cryan
Brett & Stephanie Dahl
Rob & AmyLynne Darling
Amber Davis
Michelle Dearlove
Jeremy & Annie Debban
Arnulfo & Lot Deray
Jonathan & Erin Dickey
Karen Nguyen & Gene Dorendorf
Brett & Shawna Ekstrom
Caleb & Michelle Engler
Martin Family
Aaron & Kelly Fergusson
Anita Petra & Horacio Gonzalez
Rick Graff
Kim & Mark Hattrup
Kriste & Neil Henson
Ron & Jody Longwell
Ashley Lowry
Chris & Scott Lowry
Jill Lunde
Craig & Emily Maloney
Byron & Nancy Martin
Anitha & Srinivas Mascal
Sean & Kirsten McNeil
Harry & Terri Miley
Sara & Ty Mulholland
Katherine & Loc Nguyen
Fenton Norman
Jeremy & Esther Ogden
Bouchra Oummani
Lesley & Jason Paslean
Larry & Jennifer Peterson
Thomas & Kelly Precechtel Bright
Susan Presti
Sarah & Jeremiah Robinson
John & Kerrilynn Robinson
Joel & Debra Rogo
Blake & Angie Scherer
John & Naoko Schiffern
Christina & Ryan Stout
Victoria Suryan
Krista Thurston
Katherine Torelli
Christina & Mario Viera
Ethan & Ashley Walters
Al & Jan Wells
Mark & Signe White
Gerry & Lauri Whitney
Molly & JJ Williams
Cole & Jamie Willis
Matt & Nicole Wiser
Michael & Gaye Wutzke

Our 2022-23 Season Supporters

The Mid-Columbia Ballet (MCB) is incorporated in Washington State as a non-profit corporation and is exempt from federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information on MCB’s finances, including funding spent on programs, do a charity search at

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