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NYC Ballet casts first black Marie in 'The Nutcracker'


Updated: December 02, 2019 04:02 PM
Created: December 02, 2019 03:53 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" has cast a black dancer to play Marie for the first time.

The New York Times reports Charlotte Nebres will star in this year's rendition of the company's production, which started in 1954

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Nebres is a student at the School of American Ballet. Her mother's family is from Trinidad and her father's family is from the Philippines.

The 11-year-old Nebres says she remembers being inspired by Misty Copeland becoming the first African-American female principal at American Ballet Theater.

Nebres will be joined by a diverse group of young leads.

Nebres' Prince, Tanner Quirk, is half-Chinese. Sophia Thomopoulos, who will also play Marie, is half-Korean, half-Greek. Sophia's Prince will be played by Kai Misra-Stone, who is half-South Asian.


(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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