Fall Dance Fest
Join us in the IPB Academy’s beautiful studios for an intimate cabaret of music and dance with a festive sit-down dinner. The IPB II Studio Company and IPBA Apprentice/Trainees will perform excerpts from Joseph Mazilier’s Paquita, and new Neoclassical works by Emily Baker.
Musical guest artists include John LaLonde, Debbie Prutsman and Jonathan Sharp from IPB’s spring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. You won’t want to miss this fabulous evening!
$110 per person
Limited seating available.
Chic cocktail attire suggested.
All proceeds support Inland Pacific Ballet programs.
6:00pm Cocktails & Appetizers
6:30pm Dinner / Opportunity Drawings
7:30pm Act 1
8:15pm Desserts / Opportunity Drawings
8:45pm Act 2
IPB Academy, Studio 7
Friday, September 22, 2023 – 6:00pm
Saturday, September 23, 2023 – 6:00pm
About our special guests:
Emily Baker started her training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy at the age of 8. She also had the privilege of training at many prestigious schools such as School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Emily first received an apprenticeship with Inland Pacific Ballet and while there had the opportunity to dance many soloist roles. She then went on to dance with Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Tucson, Impact Dance, Colorado Ballet, Mareck Dance (formerly Missouri Contemporary Ballet), and The Big Muddy Dance Company. Emily is currently a company dancer with Newport Contemporary Ballet (formerly Island Moving Company). Throughout Emily’s career she has had the honor of working with an array of choreographers such as, Brian Enos, Penny Saunders, Stephanie Martinez, Colin Connor, Robert Moses, Maurice Causey, Yoshito Sakuraba, Amy Hall Garner, and Nicolo Fonte.
In addition to her dance career, Emily has been teaching and choreographing for over a decade. She has had the privilege of sharing her love for dance all over the country at schools such as Canyon Concert Ballet, School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet, COMOtion Dance, and Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. In addition, Emily has also choreographed crowd pleasing pieces for both Newport Contemporary Ballet's Junior Company and Trainee Program. Mrs. Baker is also the Social and Digital Media Manager at Newport Contemporary Ballet. Outside of the studio Mrs. Baker has also enjoyed teaching chair ballet to senior citizens with Vitality Ballet.
John LaLonde has appeared in the following Candlelight shows: Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Carousel, Damn Yankees, The Drowsy Chaperone, Evita, 42nd Street, Grease, Guys & Dolls, I Do, I Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Kismet, La Cage aux Folles, Man of La Mancha, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, The Pajama Game, Phantom, Ragtime, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music, and Sweeney Todd. He’s also been seen in a dozen Christmas shows. John directed many of Candlelight Pavilion’s productions: The Bodyguard, Buddy, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, and The Full Monty, to name a few. He’s also wrote many of the Christmas shows and reviews.
Debbie always cherishes her time with IPB and the amazing team that makes all the beautiful things happen! She is known across the southland and on the east coast for her work in the musical theater world, having performed leading roles at virtually all major theaters from LA to San Diego and beyond! She’s been seen as Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd,” (MTW, Candlelight, Performance Riverside & Broadway at the Gardens) Ursula in “The Little Mermaid” (5-Star, Sound Stage Live) Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly,” (Moonlight, Performance Riverside, The Redlands Bowl) La Carlotta in “Phantom” (Downey CLO, Moonlight, & Performance Riverside) The Witch in “Into the Woods” (The Actor’s Coop, Moonlight, Performance Riverside, & Front Row Center) Mother Ginger and Mrs. Stahlbaum in “The Nutcracker” (Inland Pacific Ballet & Inland Dance Theatre) and Mother Superior in “Sister Act” (Cabrillo & Candlelight) to name just a few. She is constantly amazed by the talented performers she works with and is so thankful to have a life filled with art.
Debbie is also a guitarist and pianist and has just retired from a 35-year teaching career in public education. She looks forward to MORE art utilizing her costuming, directing, and music directing skills. Time with precious grandbabies as well as world-wide travel are also at the top of the agenda. She gives special thanks to YOU for being a patron of the arts, supporting beginning, more experienced, and professional artists as well as the brave companies that are presenting both dance and theatre magic to the world. Special love to Zaylin and Mindy for their brilliance. “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!”
Jonathan Sharp was trained at National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. While on full scholarship at SAB he was trained by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Farrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. He danced professionally with the Boston Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the touring Stars of American Ballet, headlined by Robert LaFosse and Darci Kistler. He has appeared on Broadway in the original casts of The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 Tony winner for Best Revival), The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player on Another World and guest-starred on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls. He has taught at Idyllwild Arts Academy for sixteen years, and also teaches and directs internationally. He is grateful to have worked with Inland Pacific Ballet in many capacities over the last 20 years including principal dancer, choreographer, Ballet Master and Associate Director.
Allen Everman shared the Candlelight Pavilion stage for over 20 years. Favorite Candlelight roles included: Tateh in Ragtime, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, and Jerry Lukowski in The Fully Monty. Additional regional credits include: Leo Frank in Parade (The Chance Theatre) The Baker in Into the Woods (Lewis Family Playhouse), Bobby in Company (IVRT) and Curly in Oklahoma! (The Welk Resort Theatre). Off stage, Allen works as a professional musical director/conductor and pianist. In addition to having musically directed over 60 musicals throughout Southern CA, Allen serves as musical coordinator for St. Dorothy’s Parish in Glendora and is a member of the Citrus College music faculty.