Sisters Natalie and Alexis Reynolds are taking the stage together as Little Bo Peep and Little Boy Blue in this season’s A Christmas Carol. Although neither of them has been on the Omaha Community Playhouse stage before, they are no strangers to being in the spotlight.
Natalie, 11 and Alexis, 10 were both enrolled in dance by their parents at young ages. They attend Cherrie Anderson School of Music and Dance in Millard where they are competitive dancers. They participate in six competitions a year, including nationals, and each dedicate 11 hours a week to practices.
With roles in A Christmas Carol (both girls are also in the children’s ensemble) the girls are even busier than usual. Now that performances have begun, they dedicate 30 hours a week to the show and their dance practices.
Not only is this the girls’ first time being in the show, this will be their first time seeing the show as well. The suggestion to try out for it came from their mother Tammy. “Last year I saw an hour special on how A Christmas Carol came together and found it interesting,” she said. “I thought it was something the girls would be good at, so I asked if they would be interested and they were.”
The sisters are excited to be part of the show and when asked what they were most excited for they both exclaimed “dancing dolls!”
“It’s our solo,” said Natalie. “All eyes will be on us.”
It is also a chance for the girls to work together. They will be able to help each other out and can practice together on the dance floor that they have at home. “It was nice that we both got a part and it wasn’t one part that we had to fight over,” said Natalie.
After landing their roles in A Christmas Carol, both girls are interested in pursuing more opportunities through OCP; Natalie mentioned that she is thinking about doing some Broadway shows. For the time being, they are excited about the show.
See A Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community Playhouse Nov. 21-Dec. 23, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $36 for adults and $25 for students before Dec. 15 and $40 for adults and $29 for students Dec. 15 – 23. For groups of 12 or more, tickets for adults are $32 and tickets for students are $18. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (402) 553-0800, click here or visit the Box Office located in the southeast corner of the Omaha Community Playhouse at 6915 Cass St.
Story by Madison Denkinger