Helena ballet company bids farewell to senior dancers with 'Alice in Wonderland'

Nolan Lister

Queen City Ballet Company & Conservatory will bid farewell to five senior dancers, some of whom will go on to professional dancing careers, with its spring performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” a more than $60,000 production replete with lavish costumes, an ornate set and a 12-foot long Cheshire Cat.

The show premiers Saturday at 7 p.m. with an encore performance slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center.

“It’s unlike any of the other performances we’ve ever done,” Queen City Ballet Company’s Ballet Mistress Jillian Rogers said in an interview during a dress rehearsal Monday evening.

And Rogers should know. She has worked as ballet mistress for the past five years and was a student in the company as far back as 2001.

Elinor Goehring is playing the lead role of Alice and Kaitlyn Ruch is playing The Red Queen in Queen City Ballet Company & Conservatory’s production of “Alice in Wonderland.”

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Senior dancer Sam Stutz is 18 years old and has been with the company the past nine years. Stutz is playing

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