region covers California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. He has been
taking gymnastics since he was 5, and continues to build his skills
at Team Le Club in Chatsworth.
This is the fifth annual production of this ballet produced by the
nonprofit Dance Street Performers, the dance company of the Dance Now
Academy in La Canada Flintridge. The academy is run by artistic
director/founder Erin Holt. The full-scale ballet is based on the
classic story by Hans Christian Andersen. The original musical score
was written by Randall Michael Tobin of Burbank.
The story is about an evil magician who creates an evil mirror.
While training his imp creatures to be evil, they play with the
mirror and their reflections burst out of the mirror and glass shards
go everywhere. The shards carry into the atmosphere and get into the
eyes of the Snow Queen and its townspeople. The Snow Queen takes a
boy as a hostage and his friend tries to rescue him.
Shea, 17, plays four characters. One role is Evil, one of the main
"They are spidery things," the North Hollywood High School student
said. "They go around with the Snow Queen and are watching the evil
unraveling throughout the show."
Shea, a Sunland resident, has been taking hip-hop classes at the
academy for two years, and looks forward to the holiday performance
"It's awesome because it incorporates all the dances we are
learning in class, and Erin (Holt) organizes the cast, children and
teenagers, into a professional theater production," he said. "The
cast has become really good friends, so I really enjoy being at
rehearsals and being with them."
Other local residents in the ballet are Michael Forsch of Glendale
as the Prince, Tene Redaja of La Canada Flintridge, the Crow; Orly
Ben Jacob of Glendale, the Rose; Andrea Rubin of La Canada Flintridge
as the Guardian Angel; and Amanda Ribas of La Crescenta and Kelsey
Glidewell of La Canada Flintridge as members of the Reindeer Family.
Show times are 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Glendale
Community College auditorium is at 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale.
Tickets are $18, $12 for students, and are available at the door. For