Casting News for Two CCM Musical Theatre ’12 Alum

Jessica Henday as Diana and Mike Schwitter as Gabe.

Jessica Henday as Diana and Mike Schwitter as Gabe in ETC’s NEXT TO NORMAL.

John Riddle is headed to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the world-premiere production of LITTLE DANCER, running Oct. 25-Nov. 30.

The production is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman and features book and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens & music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty.

“Part fact, part fiction, and set in the harsh backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet,” press notes state, “Little Dancer is inspired by the young ballerina who posed for Edgar Degas and became, inadvertently, the most famous dancer in the world. Torn by her family’s poverty, her debt to the artist and the lure of wealthy men, Marie struggles to keep her place in the ballet corps—a girl on the verge of womanhood, caught between the conflicting demands of life and art.”

More information is available in this story on Playbill.com.

Mike Schwitter, who audiences may remember as Gabe from ETC’s NEXT TO NORMAL, is heading to the Broadway run of PIPPIN as Lewis.

Currently the role of Lewis is being played by another CCM MT alum, Erik Altemus, class of ’09.

For more information on Pippin visit www.pippinthemusical.com.

Congratulations to John & Mike!

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