Peter Pan Artists

Left to right: Cincinnati Ballet dancers; Cervilio Miguel Amador; Cincinnati Ballet dancers | Photography: Peter Mueller

Peter Pan

Carmon DeLeone | Composer

Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of The Cincinnati Ballet, The Middletown (OH) Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York's Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been named the Illinois "Music Director of the Year." Under Mr. DeLeone’s leadership, The Illinois Philharmonic was twice named the “Illinois Orchestra of the Year.”

As a composer, he most recently premiered his Fanfare, Funk and Fandango (An American Dance Set). He has composed many original scores for the ballet, most recently his Princess & the Pea. His best known work, the full-length ballet in two acts, Peter Pan, is enjoying continued praise in major cities from coast to coast, as well as overseas. Maestro DeLeone conducted the debut of Peter Pan in London during a 28-performance run with the Atlanta Ballet at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. His list of ballet score creations also includes FrevoGuernicaWith Timbrel and Dance Praise His Name, and Ruth Page's Billy Sunday, which was nationally televised in 1983.

During his 12-year tenure as Assistant, and later Resident Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Maestro DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind, and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected personally by Maestro Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center.

Maestro DeLeone earned B.M., B.S., and M.M. degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Music Theatre. He has been presented with the Conservatory's "Distinguished Alumni Award."

Maestro DeLeone is very pleased to have made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their season-opening gala performance of Carmina Burana and Revelations at New York's City Center. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and was immediately re-engaged to host and conduct all of the following year's series of Family Concerts.

Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati's most prestigious "Post-Corbett Award" for excellence in the arts and was recently named as “A Gentleman Of Style And Substance” by Cincinnati Magazine. He lives in Cincinnati (North Avondale) with his wife of 40-plus years, Kathleen.

Septime Webre | Choreographer 

Septime Webre was appointed artistic director of The Washington Ballet in June 1999 after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Much in demand as a choreographer, he has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, and Colorado Ballet, among others. As a dancer Mr. Webre was featured in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham, as well as in principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire. Mr. Webre has frequently judged numerous international ballet competitions including those in Varna, Bulgaria; Istanbul, Turkey; Cape Town, South Africa; Boston, Massachusetts, and the Youth America Gran Prix in New York. He sits on the board of directors of Dance/USA, and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. He has been honored by Young Audiences of the District of Columbia and has received a number of fellowships for his choreography. Mr. Webre is the seventh son in a large Cuban-American family and he graduated from the  University of Texas with a B.A. in history/pre-law.

Johanna Bernstein Wilt | Artistic Associate and Restager for Peter Pan

Johanna Bernstein Wilt joined Cincinnati Ballet in 1981 and danced for 11 seasons before becoming Ballet Mistress in 1992. In August 2013 she was promoted to Artistic Associate. Bernstein Wilt has staged ballets for notable choreographers such as Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Kirk Peterson, David Nixon, Peter Anastos and Jessica Lang for Cincinnati Ballet and other prominent ballet companies. She recreated, in conjunction with Frederic Franklin, CBE, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Movements of Léonide Massine’s Seventh Symphony for Cincinnati Ballet, which has received praise in The New York Times as well as many other national and international dance publications. Her choreographic credits include Everyday Is a New Beginning, for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works during the 2008-2009 Season, and A Hero’s Prayer for the 2011-2012 New Works to commemorate her 30 years of work at Cincinnati Ballet. Recently she choreographed the Elgar Pas de Deux for Lumenocity. This season Bernstein Wilt is be re-staging Septime Webre’s Peter Pan and ALICE (in wonderland).

Trad A Burns | Lighting Designer

Trad A Burns is a lighting and scenic designer based in Cincinnati. His
career has spanned theatre, dance, and amusement parks, as well as architectural and retail lighting. Designing over 400 productions during the last two decades, his varied work has been seen around the world. Designs include works for Cincinnati Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet British Columbia, Washington Ballet, Spectrum Dance, Ballet Hawaii, Verb Ballets, New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), The Public Theatre (NYC), La Mama ETC (NYC), HERE (NYC), Classic Stage Company (NYC), The Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cedar Point, ValleyFair, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Disney Sea, Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Florida & Japan, Woodstock Ice Productions and The Family of Charles M. Schulz. Trad has been privileged to design two world premieres by Choreographer Adam Hougland, as well as world premiere works by Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Johanna Wilt, Kirk Peterson, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Donald Byrd, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sarah Slipper, Luca Veggetti, Viktor Kabaniaev and Jessica Lang.

Regina Cerimele-Mechley | Fight Choreographer

Regina Cerimele-Mechley, an actor/director/teacher/choreographer/movement coach, is one of the few female Certified Teachers in  the country with The Society of American Fight Directors. Her fight choreography has previously been seen in other Cincinnati Ballet productions including Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet, in which she also played the Nurse. Mechley has held teaching positions in the theatre departments of three area universities and at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where she also served as the resident dance choreographer. She founded the nationally recognized High School Acting Studio at Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy, and provides workshops in Acting Shakespeare and Stage Combat for the Artists on Tour program with the Cincinnati Arts Association. Mechley’s work as a performer/fight and dance choreographer has been seen across the country in theatres including the Tony Award-winning regional theatre The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, among many more,  and as a motion-capture artist for Nintendo. Mechley was recently honored with the Presidential Scholars Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts.

Charles Askegard | Guest Ballet Master

Charles Askegard has had a distinguished career as a professional dancer.  He joined American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and danced with the company from 1987-97 performing lead roles in Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet and Manon. In 1997, Askegard joined the New York City Ballet as a soloist and was promoted to Principal Dancer the following year.  His roles there included many of the great Balanchine ballets: Stars and Stripes, Apollo, Serenade, Diamonds, Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux;  to name a few.  He had the honor of working with Jerome Robbins and performed in many of his ballets. Askegard has also performed as a guest both nationally and internationally with the National Ballet of Canada, Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bavarian State Opera and more. In 2011 he co-founded a new performing company “Ballet Next” which had successful seasons at the Joyce Theater and MMAC in New York City when he served as co-director from 2011-13. In addition to dancing, Askegard choreographs for companies and schools, is a frequent judge for the Youth America Grand Prix, teaches at Ballet Academy East as well as the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive and is a guest teacher nationally.

Jerry Opdenaker | Guest Ballet Master

Jerry Opdenaker comes from Philadelphia, PA as a graduate from the University of the Arts and a recent graduate of Jacksonville University with his Masters in Fine Arts Degree in Choreography. During his 22-year dancing career, he worked as a principal company member for ballet companies such as Pennsylvania Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Ballet Florida. He served as the Director of the nationally recognized STEP Ahead, Ballet Florida’s choreographic workshop, where he was declared a “Jewel of the Palm Beaches”. He has choreographed for New York City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, McKnight Foundation, Ballet Gamonet, Ballet Florida, National Choreographic Initiative, Florida Grand Opera and served as the Discipline Coordinator of Dance for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, YoungArts. He has taught for the USA International Ballet Competition, Dreyfoos School of the Arts and numerous universities as well as having his own company in West Palm Beach called O DANCE.


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