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Mid-Columbia Ballet

Artistic Director

Debra Pearse Rogo

Artistic Assistants

Allie Yates Willow Busselman Torrie Mower Rebecca Rogo Lily Wutzke Baleigh Bierman


Naomie Bracy Curran Campbell Saffron Campbell Michael Cryan Brianna Deray Alyssa Ekstrom Emerie Fergusson Philippe Gonzalez Abigail Johnson Morgan Lowry Anniston Martin Leah Nguyen Salma Oummani Emelia Scherer Sana Schiffern Lily Stout 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.

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Welcome Letter

Welcome Welcome to Mid-Columbia Ballet’s (MCB) Spring Performance for 2024. This year our fabulous Artistic Director, Debra Rogo, is presenting GISELLE, Act 2 as well as works that MCB will be performing at The Ballet Alliance’s Festival 2024 in Spokane May 6-9 and two new works showcasing our Junior, Intermediate and Trainee dancers who are very important to the health, growth, and continuation of our organization.

The Ballet Alliance is an association of 19 pre-professional ballet dance companies that has been organized to further enhance the dance education of its members. At the annual four-day Festival, member dancers can take master classes from renowned instructors, participate in dance-related seminars, perform for their peers, and forge new relationships. During the Festival, member dancers are seen by recruiters from world-class ballet schools, professional dance companies, and college & university dance programs. It is common for dancers to be awarded scholarships to summer intensive workshops, early acceptance to higher education dance programs, and receive apprenticeships or professional contracts from Artistic Directors.

While our dancers are very talented, as you will see today, they are supported by their parents whose participation in the MCB Guild provides many behind the scenes activities for each performance as well as visible support with fundraising that enables many forms of dancer outreach in addition to participation in the Festival.

You, our audience, are part of the “Dancer Experience” through your performance attendance and donations directly to MCB or indirectly via the Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraisers. Please see our website at for more information.

Many thanks to our Backdrop Sponsors for helping provide new backdrops which we will use for many more years to provide performance opportunities for our dancers and to bring artistic excellence to our Community.

Al Wells
Chair, Board of Directors
Mid-Columbia Ballet

Articulate Deconstruction


Ben Rabe


Ludwig Göransson, Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams, Nima Fakhrara

Naomie Bracy, Curran Campbell, Saffron Campbell, Michael Cryan, Brianna Deray, Alyssa Ekstrom, Emerie Fergusson, Philippe Gonzalez, Abigail Johnson, Morgan Lowry, Anniston Martin, Leah Nguyen, Salma Oummani, Emelia Scherer, Sana Schiffern, Lily Stout, Lucy Williams, Addison Wiser

Intermediate & Trainee Company Dance


Debra Rogo


Adolphe Adam

Armelle Bonneville, Addison Chamberlain, Maria Chmura, Corinna Chu, Emily Croyle, Brianna Dahl, Caetlyn Kovis, Claire McNeil, London Mulholland, Tabitha Orth,  Rylie Walters, Sadie Wysock

A brief Paradigm


Sana Schiffern


Robert Muczynski

Brianna Deray, Emerie Fergusson, Morgan Lowry, Anniston Martin, Leah Nguyen, Emelia Scherer, Lucy Williams, Addison Wiser

Junior Company Dance


Debra Rogo


Adolphe Adam

Natalya Blackburn, Tayla Bleazard, Hazel Blodgett, Cerise Bricker, Vianne Bricker, Eleanor Brown, Gwenyth Cook, Adrienne Cunanan, Lyra Davis, Marcus Davis, Claire Debban, Elizabeth Flynn, Marisol Garcia, Emmaleigh Haugen, Emmett Kirk, Liliana Littleton, Paige Maier, Reilly Murray, Sarah Oh, Bailey Olsen, Claire Phillips, Victoria Render, Hannah Smith, Inara Solomon, Ella Steiner, Allyssandra Tuura, Maya Upadhyay, Isla Williams, Logan Wiser

Shouting at the Merits of Whispering


Eva Stone


Philip Glass, Third Coast Percussion

Naomie Bracy, Curran Campbell, Saffron Campbell, Michael Cryan, Brianna Deray, Alyssa Ekstrom, Emerie Fergusson, Philippe Gonzalez, Abigail Johnson, Morgan Lowry, Anniston Martin, Leah Nguyen, Salma Oummani, Emelia Scherer, Sana Schiffern, Lily Stout, Lucy Williams, Addison Wiser


Giselle Act II


Adolphe Adam


Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot


Debra Rogo

Rehearsal Director

Anna Lantz

Production Staff

Production Manager
Joel Rogo
Stage Manager
Gaye Wutzke
Assistant Stage Manager
Rebecca Rogo
Lighting Design
Scott Thomason
Costume Design
Willow Busselman
Charlene Hardy

Cast List

Morgan Lowry*, Anniston Martin**
Michael Cryan*, Curran Campbell**
Philippe Gonzalez
Curran Campbell*, Michael Cryan**
Lucy Williams*, Emerie Fergusson**
Emelia Scherer
Sana Schiffern
Naomie Bracy, Saffron Campbell, Brianna Deray, Alyssa Ekstrom, Abigail Johnson, Morgan Lowry**, Anniston Martin*, Leah Nguyen, Salma Oummani, Lily Stout, Addison Wiser, Emerie Fergusson*, Caetlyn Kovis, Brianna Dahl, Lucy Williams**

*Performing Friday 7pm and Saturday 1pm

**Performing Saturday 7pm and Sunday Sensory Friendly Performance

Synopsis and Program Notes

The ballet Giselle was first performed over 150 years ago and is one of the most famous and loved of all ballets. Today Mid-Columbia Ballet will be performing Act 2.

The characters are Hilarion, Myrtha, Moyna and Zulma, the Wilis, Giselle, and Albrecht.

Hilarion is a peasant from Giselle’s village. He loved Giselle and was jealous of Albrecht. In Act 1 he revealed Albrecht’s true identity which breaks Giselle’s heart. The ballet opens with Hilarion visiting Giselle’s grave, and running off into the forest as he senses the presence of Wilis.

Myrtha is the queen of the Wilis. She summons the Wilis, including her two assistants Moyna and Zulma to assist in the initiation of Giselle into the sisterhood of the Wilis.

The Wilis (pronounced will-eez) are the spirits of young women who died of broken hearts after they were betrayed by their boyfriends and fiancés in life. Their spirits rest during the day but seek revenge on men who are in the forest at night and dance them to exhaustion and ultimately to their deaths.

Giselle is the newest Wili. In life she was a peasant girl from a nearby village who died of a broken heart. Act 2 opens on her first night as a Wili. She is not vengeful like the other Wilis and she still feels love and forgiveness for Albrecht and protects him. She dances in Albrecht’s place when he is too exhausted to keep going. Giselle keeps Albrecht alive until the morning when Myrtha and the Wilis lose their power.

Albrecht is a duke who is in love with Giselle. In Act 1 he disguised himself as a peasant so he could be with Giselle, who did not know he was actually a duke. Giselle loved him too and didn’t know he was already engaged to another woman which led to Giselle’s heartbreak and death. Albrecht visits her grave in the forest at night with his squire Wilfrid. Wilfrid gets scared in the forest and leaves Albrecht by himself. Albrecht feels very guilty and sad about her death. The Wilis threaten Albrecht and force him to dance.

Pantomime are gestures dancers make to use words without talking. In Giselle Act 2 pantomime is used for the following words:

  • Love – One or both hands over the heart
  • Dance – Hands circle each other above head
  • Listening – One hand cupped around an ear and leaning body toward the sound
  • Please/Begging - Hands clasped together in front of the body
  • Die – Arms outstretched and crossed low in front of the body with hands in fists in a strong motion
  • Promise – First two fingers held together raised up in the air

MCB Company Dancers

Naomie Bracy

3.7 GPA Hanford HS

Loves to read, ride her bike & babysit. Hopes to be a historian.

Curran Campbell

3.8 GPA Hanford HS

Studied last summer at Houston Ballet. Hopes to be a professional dancer.

Saffron Campbell

3.8 GPA Hanford HS

Loves that MCB connects science and dance. Plans to major in aerospace engineering.

Michael Cryan

3.5 GPA Carmichael Middle School

Appreciates the training received from MCB. Hopes to be a professional ballet dancer.

Brianna Deray

4.0 GPA Hanford HS

Studies violin and loves to crochet. Aspires to be an orthodontist.

Alyssa Ekstrom

3.6 GPA Kennewick HS

Studied last summer at Oklahoma City Ballet. Also studies piano, boxing and weightlifting.

Emerie Fergusson

3.8 GPA Pacific Crest Online Academy

Loves teaching ballet, floral design and jewelry making. Appreciates the responsibility, and discipline, learned from MCB.

Philippe Gonzalez

4.0 GPA Hanford HS

Appreciates the many life lessons received from studying ballet. Interested in a future in law or contemporary dance.

Abby Johnson

3.9 GPA Kamiakin HS

Loves all the outreach programs that MCB provides. Enjoys teaching ballet and doing ceramics.

Morgan Lowry

4.0 GPA Kamiakin HS

Loves to read and is in the Spanish Club at school. Hopes for a 1st career to be in ballet, and 2nd in law or medicine.

Anniston Martin

Is a 4.0 homeschooled student.

Loves to babysit and teach young ballet students. Hopes to pursue cosmetology while continuing to teach ballet.

Leah Nguyen

3.7 GPA Hanford HS

Loves to play chess and the piano. Feels MCB has given her responsibility, self-reliance, and discipline.

Salma Oummani

4.0 GPA Enterprise Middle School

She also plays violin in her school’s orchestra. She appreciates the many performing opportunities MCB provides.

Emelia Scherer

4.0 GPA Richland HS

Appreciates the performing, training, and connections that MCB provides. Hopes to balance pursuing a dance career and a love for interior design.

Sana Schiffern

4.0 GPA Hanford HS

Participates in the Chemistry and Recycling Club 2020 overall winner in Mid-Columbia Symphony Young Artists Competition.

Lily Stout

4.0 GPA Hanford HS

Loves to read and watch Murder Mystery Movies. Appreciates the mentors and roles models of MCB.

Lucy Williams

3.75 GPA Richland HS, Tri-Tech Skills Center

Studying dental assisting at Tri-Tech. Appreciates the many life lessons received from studying ballet.

Addison Wiser

3.9 GPA Kamiakin HS

Loves the outreach programs of MCB. Hopes to become a Dance specified Physical Therapist.

Trainee Company

Sadie Wysock, Caetlyn Kovis, Brianna Dahl, London Mulholland, Maria Chmura

Intermediate Company

Rylie Walters, Corinna Chu, Emily Croyle, Tabitha Orth, Claire McNeil, Cornelia Darling, Addison Chamberlain, Armelle Bonneville

Junior Company

Allyssandra Tuura, Bailey Olsen, Lyra Davis, Claire Debban, Adrienne Cunanan, Claire Phillips, Tayla Bleazard, Liliana Littleton, Reilly Murray, Hazel Blodgett, Isla Williams, Elizabeth Flynn, Ella Steiner, Paige Maier, Vianne Bricker, Gwenyth Cook, Logan Wiser, Emmaleigh Haugen, Marisol Garcia, Hannah Smith, Victoria Render, Cerise Bricker, Marcus Davis, Maya Upadhyay, Inara Solomon, Eleanor Brown, Sarah Oh, Natalya Blackburn, Emmett Kirk

MCB Staff

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

Artistic Director

Debra Pearse Rogo


Gaye Wutzke

Artistic Assistant & INCLUDE Administrator

Torrie Mower

Artistic Assistant & INCLUDE Director

Rebecca Rogo

Artistic Assistant & Wardrobe Supervisor

Allie Yates

Programs & Outreach Coordinator

Susan Presti

Costumer & Social Media

Willow Busselman

Administrative Consultant

Renée Kollman

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 35 years it is now the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music and includes a Performing Arts Pre-School.

Debra is currently the Chairman of The Ballet Alliance, and has previously served as Chairman 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

Guild Representatives

Jen Chamberlain, Dawn Cryan

Honorary Board Member

Patricia Barker

Former Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet

Honorary Board Members in Memorium

Curt Colvin Patty Taylor Wally Weimer

MCB Guild

Guild Officers and Committee Chairs

Jen Chamberlain
Dawn Cryan
Neil Henson
Jody Longwell
Dawn Cryan & Lisa Wright
Ballet Café
Bouchra Oummani & Anita Petra
Lot Deray & Rosie Chu
Travers Bracy & Brandie Bracy
Christina Stout
Poinsettias/Hanging Baskets
Kay Nguyen & Becky Phillips
Restaurant Fundraisers
Aimee Kovis
Cooklies & Water
Delphine Appriou & Kris Tuura
Jen & Travis Chamberlain, Katie Croyle
Online Store
Travis Chamberlain
Viera's V-Day Treats
Angie Scherer
Front of House
Ashley Lowry & Nicole Wiser
Shevaun Martin
Alicia Brown & Enid Flynn
Jody & Ron Longwell
Naoko Schiffern & Rosie Chu

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.

2023-2024 Season Guild Members

Melany & Ryan Bickford
Tatyana & Tyrone Blackburn
Delphine & Alain Bonneville
Travers & Brandie Bracy
Bradley & Talena Bricker
Ross & Alicia Brown
Pamela & Dale Campbell
Travis & Jen Chamberlain
Robert & Svitlana Chmura
Rosey & Albert Chu
Jason & Andrea Cook
Katie & Tim Croyle
Dawn & Mike Cryan
Brett & Stephanie Dahl
Julie Dai
Rob & Amy Lynne Darling
Amber & Damien Davis
Michelle & David Dearlove
Jeremy & Annie Debban
Arnie & Lot Deray
Brett & Shawna Ekstrom
Michelle & Caleb Engler
Aaron & Kelly Fergusson
Danica & Rick Garcia
Rick Graff
Anita Petra & Horacio Gonzale
Jereme & Shankari Haack
Mark & Kim Hattrup
Jeremy & Cindy Haugen
Neil & Kriste Henson
Daniel & Aimee Kovis
Michael & Miriam Littleton
Ron & Jody Longwell
Ashley Lowry
Chris & Scott Lowry
Jill Lunde
Sean & Kirsten McNeil
Stephanie & Mike Maier
Jason & Shevaun Martin
Harry & Terri Miley
Heather Murray
Kay & Loc Nguyen
Jacob & Dava Olsen
Larry & Jennifer Peterson
Susan Presti
Matt & Maria Render
John & Kerrilynn Robinson
Debra & Joel Rogo
Blake & Angie Scherer
John & Naoko Schiffern
Stacey & Angela Smith
Christina & Ryan Stout
Katherine Torelli
Kristopher & Brianne Tuura
Ethan & Ashley Walters
Aaron & Skye White
Mark & Signe White
Bracan & Rachel Williams
Molly & JJ Williams
Matt & Nicole Wiser
Gaye & Michael Wutzke
Andrea Wysock

Our 2023-24 Season Supporters

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