Ballet Wichita's - The Nutcracker 
December 6, 2014 McPherson, KS 
December 13-14, 2014 Century II Concert Hall  Wichita, KS 
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Ballet Wichita’s presentation of the NUTCRACKER BALLET will be dazzling audiences December 13 and 14, 2014 dancers from Ballet Idaho will perform with a cast of over 100 Ballet Wichita company dancers. The Ballet Wichita Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jay Decker, performs Tchaikovsky’s timeless symphony.

Artistic Director, Jill Landrith, formerly a soloist with the West German ballet company, Aachen Ballet, creates a magical production.  Fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master, Lev Ivanov, who created the first Nutcracker Ballet more than 100 years ago, Ballet Wichita’s production blends exceptional dancing, grand sets and beautiful costumes.



Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti
Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, a Principal with Ballet Idaho, will perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy.
Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti began her training at Chapel Hill Ballet School of North Carolina and continued at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet under the direction of Hortensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees. At 17, Phyllis was accepted on full scholarship to the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and performed with Pennsylvania Ballet in company roles. She has danced for Southern Ballet Theatre and as a principal at Charleston Ballet Theatre. In 2003 Phyllis joined Ballet Idaho/Eugene Ballet under the direction of Toni Pimble. In 2004, she was promoted to Principal. 
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Jared Hunt
ABOUT BALLET WICHITA: Since 1974, Ballet Wichita has been a leading force in dance in Kansas, performing original and classical full-length dance productions in Wichita and communities throughout the state. The company’s annual NUTCRACKER Ballet performed at Century II, with a full symphony orchestra and guest artists from across the country is one of the city’s treasured cultural events.

Each year, Ballet Wichita performs a shortened version of the NUTCRACKER for over 5,000 children from schools across south central Kansas. These annual matinee performances, often a first time exposure to both dance and live theatre for students are part of the company's educational outreach program that includes conducting dance residencies and touring performances throughout the state.

Jared Hunt, Soloist with Ballet Idaho, will dance the role of Prince Cavalier.


At 5-foot 9-inches, dancer Jared Hunt is a ballet dynamo. Athletic and powerful, he moves with silky, smooth coolness. Maybe that’s why the Snow pas de deux in Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is one of his favorite roles. You can see him dance it with ballerina Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti.
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 Ballet Wichita is non-profit arts agency, offering exceptional educational and performance experiences in dance for a company of nearly 100 dancers each year; our mission is to advance the beauty and appreciation of art through dance.


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Dr. Jay Decker
Dr. Jay Decker
Dr. Jay Decker Professor Emeritus of Music Wichita State University Jay Decker joined the Wichita State University faculty in 1971 and served as professor of music, conductor of the WSU Symphony Orchestra and Director of String Studies until his retirement in 1998. Concurrently with his duties at WSU he was also the associate conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Ballet Office and Studio
 1600 W. Douglas  Wichita, KS 67203
Voice: 316-687-5880   Fax: 316-201-1918

Artistic Director: jill.landrith      Executive Director: barbara.chamberlin    
Director of Operations: sandy.wolter