fairies, swans and still waters


April 13-16, 2023, Corbett Auditorium

Dance Department Supporter 
The Corbett Endowment at CCM

  • Director | Shauna Steele
  • Music Director |Aik Khai Pung
  • Lighting Designer | Alaina Pizzoferrato*
  • Sound Designer | Dani Silver*
  • Production Stage Manager | Sage Dadiani Shepard*
  • Dance Arts Administration Graduate Assistant| Aaron Libby
  • Dance Costume Design Graduate Assistant| Clara Cavins
  • Physical Therapists | UC & NovaCare 
  • Dance Physicians & Physical Therapists | Darcy Lei, D.O., Dr. Michael Donaworth, Alan Husarchik ,M.E.d, AT, Rachel Gleason, Rose Smith, Heather Graden

*CCM student

Fairies, Swans and Still Waters will run approximately 95 minutes, including a short pause and one 15-minute intermission

Watch a Concert Excerpt On Demand

The Making of Still Waters: A CCM Mini Documentary

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Still Waters” in this new video produced as part of CCM’s Production Master Class led by Melissa Godoy.

Director's Note

The department collaborates with practicing professionals in diverse fields and with departments within CCM and the university including the orchestra, symphony, costumes, lighting design and MA/MBA arts administration faculty and students. 

The program is designed to expose and inspire, rooting in both traditional and contemporary styles, and approaches to performance and technique leading towards a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree for traditional incoming freshmen and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) for current company dancers or retired professionals desiring to complete or earn their bachelors. The degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Emphasizing a mind, body, spirit balance between technical dedication and artistic aesthetic through a holistic approach to health, wellness and fitness. This includes dedicated physical therapists, embedded counselors, and opportunities for students to earn advanced standing for summer activities, study abroad, senior year co-operative internships and international art and cultural travel opportunities. Curriculum includes ballet, pointe, variations, men’s technique, modern, contemporary, jazz, choreography, dance and ballet history, pedagogy, somatics, professional practice, ensemble, repertoire and audition techniques. The department presents two mainstage concerts and one Student Choreographers Concert. Mainstage concerts feature one act and full ballets and original works by faculty and guest choreographers across a wide range of classical, contemporary, dance theater and trending movement styles and aesthetics. 


Special thanks to Rodney & Laurie Gasch,  Will Brenner, Dr. Kyuran Ann Choe, Dr. Michael Donaworth, Rachel Gleason, Rose Smith, Heather Graden, Alan Husarchik, Dale Pickett and Diana Queen of Diana’s Dancewear. The Dance Department gratefully acknowledges the support of The Corbett Endowment at CCM.

The Company

Sleeping Beauty Prologue

  • Choreographer | Marius Petipa (1818-1910) 
  • Restaging & Additional Choreography | Isabele Elefson, Tricia Sundbeck 
  • Composer | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) 
  • Conductors | Aik Khai Pung (4/13, 4/15), Trevor Kroeger (4/14), Kevin Li (4/16)
  • Costume Design | Isabele Elefson, Tricia Sundbeck, Dr. Ann Kyuran Choe
  • Headpiece Design/Construction | Isabele Elefson 
  • Drapers |  Shauna Steele, Dr. Ann Kyuran Choe
  • Fairy of Wisdom | Morgan Montour (4/13, 4/15), Maddie Talbot (4/14, 4/16)
  • Fairy of Beauty |  Rose Engel
  • Fairy of Kindness | Sydney D’Orso
  • Fairy of Grace | Hazel Alexander
  • Fairy of Joy |  Gracie Zamiska
  • Fairy of Temperament | Illiana Rich
  • Lilac Attendants | Sophia Gray, Katie Griffith, Shaelyn Kuipers, Grace Mitchell, Miranda Sharer, Maddie Weber, Caitlyn Wehner, Mandi Weitz 

Program note: 
Several fairies are invited to the ceremony to bestow gifts on the christening of the Princess. Each fairy brings a gift of a virtue or positive trait, such as beauty, courage, sweetness, musical talent and mischief. The powerful Lilac Fairy arrives with her entourage, but before she can bestow her gift, the evil fairy Carabosse arrives with her minions, angrily demanding to know why she did not receive an invitation. Carabosse curses Princess Aurora and foretells that she will indeed grow up to be a beautiful and accomplished, but on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger on a spindle and die.  Horrified, the King and Queen beg for mercy, but no quarter is given. However, because the Lilac Fairy has yet to bestow her blessing is able to intervene. Though she does not have the power to completely undo the curse, she is able to alter and unravel the ‘death’ aspect. Aurora will indeed prick her finger on a spindle but instead of dying, it will cause a peaceful 100-year sleep for the princess and all those within the realm, rather than death. At the end of those 100 years, she will be woken by true loves kiss. 

Still Waters [Premiere]

  • Choreographer | Shauna Steele 
  • Composer | Grace Choi* 
  • Music | ‘Drown’ [Premiere] 
  • Conductor | Aik Khai Pung
  • Costume Design | Clara Cavins* 
  • Draper | Meredith Buckley* 
  • Media Production Documentary Crew | Chloe Otterback* (producer), Hailey Bernot*, Claire Foley*, Juan Andrés Fernández García*, Kiara Gross*, Aislinn Moss-Buckley*   
  • Dancers | Erin Decker, Rose Engel, A.J. Gross, Willie Harris Jr., Celeste Lau, Emerson Lecrone, Eva Moore, Grace Ortega, Mira Sidhu, Garrett Steagall, Sofia Stitz, Maddie Talbot, Caitlyn Wehner, Mandi Weitz, Claire Zakrajsek 

Note from the Choreographer: 
This began as a small seed, just an idea casually discussed with Aik Khai Pung when we spoke last year of how orchestra and dance would be working together in spring of 2023. Would dance be interested in collaborating with a 2nd year DMA student to create an original composition and original choreography? It then became a fully collaborative project that inspired multiple departments and students, including costume design students, lighting design students and media production students. Which is exactly what ‘Still Waters’ was meant to embody, that nothing is ever really what we see on the surface but if we take the time to share our inner selves, we then begin to see the rich color and texture, trust and faith that others will share with us. While there were many inspirations for the movement sequences, the motif played with most was what does the ’ground’ mean? What is the force or texture or weight in the ‘low space’ can it be embodied in high space? My creative point for two of the choreographic sequences was the poem that Grace shared.


Note from the Composer:
We can observe various forms of the sea. Its surface is sometimes calm and sometimes dynamic. Its color also changes from moment to moment as the light in the sky changes. It makes us feel various emotions, and sometimes it makes us romantic. On the other hand, the deep sea is always calm. It is unaffected by the outside world and is covered in muddy darkness. I expressed the moment when these two irreconcilable parts meet and accept each other through music with the meaning of inclusion and sacrifice.  

Swan Lake, Act II

  • Choreographer | Marius Petipa (1818-1910) and Lev Ivanov (1834-1901) 
  • Restaging & Additional Choreography | Jiang Qi 
  • Composer | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
  • Music | ‘Swan Lake Op. 20’  
  • Conductors | Aik Khai Pung (4/13, 4/15), Matthew Lee (4/14), Matthew Swope (4/16)
  • Costumes | CCM Dance 
  • Additional Costume Design/Draping | Shauna Steele
  • Additional Odette Headpiece Design/construction | Natalie Zimmerman*
  • Princess Odette | Claire Zakrajsek (4/13), Eva Moore (4/14), Rose Engel (4/15), Sofia Stitz (4/16) 
  • Prince Sigfried || Milton Holloway 
  • Baron Von Rothart | Garrett Steagall (4/14, 4/16), A.J. Gross (4/13, 4/15) 
  • Danse des Cygnes, allegro moderato | 4/13, 4/15: Sydney D’Orso, Shaelyn Kuipers, Eva Moore, Iliana Rich; 4/14, 4/16: Hazel Alexander, Grace Ortega, Mira Sidhu, Claire Zakrajsek. 
  • Danse des Cygnes, tempo di valse | 4/13, 4/15: Celeste Lau, Emerson Lecrone, Sofia Stitz, Maddie Talbot; 4/14, 4/16: Rose Engel, Katie Griffith, Emilia Mieczkowski, Morgan Montour
  • Corps de Ballet | Hazel Alexander ( 4/15, 4/16), Hannah Altmiller, Elise Arcuri, Sarah Bartlett, Sydney D’Orso (4/13, 4/15), Erin Decker, Sophia Gray, Meg Green (4/13, 4/15), Katie Griffith, Shaelyn Kuipers (4/13, 4/15), Celeste Lau (4/14, 4/16), Emerson Lecrone (4/14, 4/16), Kelsey Lewis, Cynthia Lutz, Emilia Mieczykowski (4/13, 4/15), Grace Mitchell, Morgan Montour (4/13, 4/15), Regina Murphy, Grace Ortega (4/14, 4/16), Iliana Rich (4/4/13, 4/15), Miranda Sharer, Mira Sidhu (4/14, 4/16), Laykin Stoess (4/13, 4/15), Maddie Talbot (4/14, 4/16), Isabella Thoroughman, Maddie Weber, Caitlyn Wehner, Mandi Weitz (4/14, 4/16), Gracie Zamiska

Program Note:
Prince Siegfried arrives at the lakeside, just as a flock of swans land, He aims his crossbow but freezes when one of them transforms into a beautiful maiden named Odette. At first, she is terrified of him. When he promises not to harm her, she explains that she and her companions are victims of a spell cast by the evil owl-like sorcerer, named Rothbart. By day they live as bespelled swans. Only at night, by the side of the enchanted lake, do they return to human form. The spell can only be broken if one who has never loved before swears to love Odette forever. Rothbart suddenly appears, Siegfried threatens to kill him, but Odette intercedes – if he dies before the spell is broken, it can never be undone. 

As Rothbart disappears, the swan maidens fill the clearing, Siegfried breaks his crossbow, and sets about winning Odette's love and trust. But as dawn arrives, the evil spell draws Odette and her companions back to the lake and they once again are transformed into graceful swans.

Orchestra Roster

CCM Concert Orchestra

Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor

Violin I

  • Jason Colón, concertmaster 
  • Linke Zhou, assist.
  • Ethan Forman
  • Nayoung Yang
  • Xiaorong Huang
  • Kerrigan Mandrell
  • Layang Ka
  • Maggie Wilcox
  • Bill Auer
  • Beibei Liu

Violin 2

  • Chonghua Zuo, principal
  • Piper Vance, assist.
  • Rachel Elfman
  • Christine Park
  • Letian Feng
  • Alexander Auer
  • Jiye Li
  • Junjung Hang
  • Zishang Gao


  • Ryan De La Ree, co-principal
  • Caleb Robinson, co-principal
  • Cate Mazon, assist. 
  • Shengyu Cao
  • Wenjie Yang
  • Aadhi Ramkumar
  • Chenxi Yuan
  • Qin Yue
  • Chloe Drake


  • Aidan Bolding, principal
  • Juan Guillermo Mireles, assist.
  • Jamie Clark
  • Ellie Wirthlin


  • Jane Hanneman, principal
  • Riley Foos, assist.
  • Jason Meusel
  • Jack Kotchka-Smith
  • Abby Singer-Miller


  • Maddie Choi
  • Katie Fraier
  • Anne Luetkenhaus


  • Ben Goodly
  • Anna Lower
  • William Raine
  • Dylan Reynallt


  • Matthew Mitchell
  • Kale Welte

Bass Clarinet

  • Leila Sireki


  • Elizabeth Beeche
  • Chet Rhodes
  • Kyle Sodman


  • Eowyn Bakke
  • Grace Kim
  • Dominick Neville
  • Cole Toothaker


  • Jarod Gallentstein
  • Mason Kibble
  • Maggey Mangold
  • Anna Sheppard


  • Kyle Langer
  • Wenze Li

Bass Trombone

  • Donovan Klutho


  • Caroline Habig
  • Danny Mentzer


  • Mary Duplantier


  • Tianyi Lu


  • Justin Kulka
  • Sanlou Wei


  • Ryan Donahue
  • Justin Kulka
  • Zhongzihan Li
  • Nick Smith

Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Stirling Shelton
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Hannah Burford, Jie “Mia”Min
  • Assistant Production Managers | Katie Reus*, Emma King*
  • Associate Lighting Designers | Rama Van Gils, Andrew Gange
  • Production Electrician | Vincent Vandeleest
  •  Assistant Production Electrician | Nick Hunley
  •  Programmer | Tal Kochav
  •  Board Operator | Nick Hunley
  •  Spotlight Operators |  Hannah Kate Hawver, Benji Lookatch, Kassidy Schley
  • Electrics Crew | CCM Lighting Design & Technology Students  
  • Set Construction Crew | Matti Andrews, Jeffrey Bell, William Blank, El (Elora) Bowers, Anna Camerer, Nick Feldmann, Raeya Garcia, Ella Gover, Laura Hanks, Willow Heichel, Corvo (Mary) Hopkins, Lily Landoch, Kaitlin Mier, Maddi Myer, Kait Naylor, Molly Powell, Charlie Raschke, Evan Reinhart, Paloma Robles, Kassidy Schley, Moira Seger, Jordan Shaw, Emma Shreve, Morgan Terry, Bethany Untener, Reagan Warvel   
  • Scene Shop Assistants | McKenna Cameron Brennan, Isabelle /Izzy Dillon, Lukas J. Hummeldorf, Nick Hunley, Hunter Lee, Benji Lookatch, Grace Elizabeth Mayo, Janay Sukkarieh, Gabrielle Sprouse Ullman, Logan Timothy Vanderpool  
  • Set/Props Running Crew | El Bowers, Jordan Shaw, Katilin Mier
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Frank Jernigan
  • Production Sound Engineer | Bryan Pivaral


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Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of Sept. 7, 2023

General Information

Land Acknowledgment

The Cincinnati area and the land that the University of Cincinnati has been built on is the native homeland of the Indigenous Algonquian speaking tribes, including the Delaware, Miami, and Shawnee tribes.

Box Office

Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
  • Telephone: 513-556-4183
  • Email:
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003


Convenient parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue. Additional parking is available in garages throughout the UC campus. Any questions concerning on-campus parking should be directed to UC Parking Services at 513-556-2283.

Tax Credit

If you find that you cannot attend your performance, your tickets may be donated for tax credit as a charitable contribution. Simply notify the Box Office prior to the performance to release your seats, and give your name and address. A tax donation receipt will be mailed to you.

Lost and Found

If you have lost an item, contact lost and found at 513-556-9413.

House Policies

The House Manager has been instructed to minimize the disturbance to patrons already seated when accommodating latecomers. The director and producer of each production select times that are least likely to interrupt the performance, and latecomers will be seated only during these times. Latecomers who miss these opportunities will not be admitted until intermission. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Cameras, Phones and Recording Devices

The video or audio recording of performances is prohibited.

The use of cameras, with or without flashes, recording devices, cellular phones and other electronic devices inside the theater is prohibited. Please leave them with the House Manager.

Smoking and Refreshments

Smoking and refreshments are not permitted in the theater. Effective May 1, 2017, smoking and tobacco use (including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes) shall be prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors at all times in or on University of Cincinnati properties, including events on university property during non-school hours. This includes all shelters, indoor and outdoor theaters and athletic facilities, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, parking lots, and street parking and garages owned by the university.

Hearing Enhancement

Telex listening devices are available for checkout during performances in both Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

Group Sales

The Box Office can accommodate groups for major productions and concerts. Preview and benefit performances are also available for some productions. For more information, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

CCM Faculty and Staff

CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in eight areas of study.

Know Your Exit

Corbett Auditorium emergency exits are located at the back left and right of the balcony level, the back left and right of the main floor level, and at the left and right at the front of the stage.

Performance dates and repertoire are subject to change. View CCM's current calendar of events.

The purpose of these performances is educational, and they are part of a University of Cincinnati academic program.