Jillian Schene is loving the challenge of her role in “Don Quixote.”
En Pointe Indiana Ballet, a Noblesville school, will present “Don Quixote” at 7 p.m. May 31 and 2 p.m. June 1 at Noblesville High School.
Schene is dancing the role of Kitri May 31.
“She’s a little spitfire that you have to have lot of energy and passion for,” Schene said. “The challenge is the stamina you have to have to get through all the ballet with the character, the personality and the extremely hard lifts. It’s incredibly fun to do and I love doing it.”
Schene, a homeschooled sophomore, has been dancing since she was 3 years old, including the past three years at En Pointe.
“I’ll actually turn 16 on June 1, one of our performances,” Schene said.
Amelia Courtney, Fort Wayne, will play Kitri June 1.
Clark Rulon, from Noblesville, plays Basilio in the June 1 performance and Gamache will do so May 31. Josiah Kauffman, a student from Montana, will play Basilio May 31.
“Basilio is the love interest of Kitri and Gamache is not, but wishes he was,” Rulon said.
Rulon, a 17-year-old homeschooled junior, said he has seen other professional companies perform “Don Quixote” but never thought he would perform in it.
“I’m trying to keep the character alive the whole time and not let the audience lose interest,” Rulon said. “That’s very difficult, keeping a smile on your face.”
Rulon said the cast is embracing the production.
En Pointe opened when Robert Moore returned to Noblesville, where he grew up. Moore, co-artistic director, and his wife, Pollyana Ribeiro, were professional ballet dancers with Boston Ballet. They own the school with Moore’s brother, Chris, and his wife, Anne Moore.
The cast has 102 members and four guest artists.
“My wife and I have danced this ballet numerous times, but this is the first time our school has put on the full-length, three-act ballet,” Moore said. “We felt this is the time to do it. We have strong dancers. We built all the sets ourselves. You have a street village scene, gypsy scene with the iconic windmill, and you have a dream scene. It goes back to tavern. For the main characters, it’s a really hard ballet as far as three acts and three different scenarios.”
Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online at enpointe.yapsody.com/ and are available at the door for $20.