The Manassas Ballet Theatre closes the season with the original and very personal ballet, “Colin: Son, Marine, Hero.”
This full-length ballet showcases the story of Artistic Director Amy Grant Wolfe’s son Colin.
He was raised in Manassas and went to school at Jennie Dean, Metz and Osbourn High School. Tragically, he lost his life in Iraq to a roadside bomb in 2006.
“Colin” debuted in November 2014 after Wolfe expanded her original one-act ballet, gathering inspiration by interviewing Colin’s commander and fellow Marines during the summer of 2014 and adding new layers to the original heart of the story.
The ballet continues to evolve for this season’s presentation as Wolfe incorporates new ideas she has worked on over the last three years to further enhance the story, according to the theater company.
“I am preparing mentally for this work by re-reading some of the many letters and sympathy cards we received after Colin died,” Wolfe said. “I hope in sharing our family’s story that people see the story of many families, and in that we create a bond and experience between many people.”
Young Colin is played by Luka Patrushev, while his young sister CeCe is played by Abigail Mottern. The 15-year-old Colin is played by Joshua Dias and the 11-year-old Cece is played by Elizabeth Stuckey.
The production features Joshua Burnham, who plays Colin during the Marine’s life. Burnham was born in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and started his ballet training with the Santa Cruz Ballet. He continued training in Washington State and at age 13 he received full scholarships to San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet. In 2004, he joined San Francisco Ballet, where he performed in such works as Helgi Tomasson’s “Meiston’s Mozart,” Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes” and “The Four Temperaments.” In 2006 he joined Cincinnati Ballet, where he danced many lead roles. Since May 2012, he has been a principal dancer with Manassas Ballet Theatre and is a teacher and coach for Manassas Ballet Academy.
Kaitlin Frankenfield, who plays CeCe, began her training with Kathryn Stout in her hometown of Easton, Penn. She attended summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre, and graduated with honors from the high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in ballet and a minor in English. Frankenfield joined MBT and MBA as a principal dancer and teacher in 2014.
Vadim Slatvitskiy, who plays Mark Wolfe, graduated from the Novosibirsk Ballet Academy in Russia in 1989. He became the principal dancer with the Novosibirsk Theatre from 1989 until 2000, when he became a principal dancer with the Grigorovich Ballet Company in Russia.
Slatvitskiy serves as primary choreographer, ballet master and principal dancer for Manassas Ballet Theatre, as well as a principal teacher and Youth American Grand Prix coach for Manassas Ballet Academy. Slavitskiy joined MBT in 2006.
Amanda Thomas, who plays Amy Wolfe, was born in Utica, N.Y., and began her dance education at the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute. Thomas attended Binghamton University, where she received the Albert Nocciolino Award for Excellence in Theatre and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Dance and Theater. She has performed as a guest and featured dancer with Tri-Cities Opera, the Kirkland Arts Center, Outcast Theatre Company and with others. Thomas joined MBT in 2015.
An expanded Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra will showcase the original score by Mark Menza.
The production will be on stage May 18-20 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
Tickets start at $25, with free tickets offered to all active duty, veterans and first responders (with accompanying tickets are 25 percent off).
For more, visit manassasballet.org.