Local ballerina scores dream role with Radio City Christmas SpectacularWritten by Chase Will | | email@example.com
When she left for a ballet course in New York City this past June, 12-year-old Madyson Starner never dreamed she’d return with her dream role.
Tamie Starner, Madyson’s mother, allowed her to audition for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on a whim.
“We just decided to show up at Radio City and audition, just for the experience. We had no idea she’d get it,” Tamie said.
The audition drew hundreds of ballet students from all over the country.
After presenting her headshot and resume, Madyson was led into the audition room where she and the others were quickly shown point number variations from “The Nutcracker.” Madyson repeated the dances several times as judges culled the group, until finally she was told she’d made the final cut.
“They started doing her measurements, because if you make the final cut you’d either be a performer or an understudy,” Tamie said.
Radio City puts on separate shows in New York City, Nashville, Omaha and Houston. Only two girls were chosen for each show, and Madyson was thrilled when she was told she’d be playing Clara in Nashville.
“She’s done ‘The Nutcracker’ for years, and she’s been practicing to get Clara at The Toledo Ballet this year. It’s her favorite performance, and never in a million years did we think she’d get the part at Radio City,” Tamie said.
According to Lisa Mayer Lang, artistic director and school director of Toledo Ballet School, Madyson’s achievement comes as no surprise.
Madyson has studied under Mayer Lang for four years. According to Mayer-Lang, she’s a dancer with the perfect mixture of talent and drive necessary for succeeding as a dancer.
“She can’t seem to get enough,” Mayer Lang said. “The lesson is about to be over and if she hasn’t perfected something she’ll just keep trying until she gets it right. She’s like a little Energizer Bunny.”
According to Tamie, Madyson’s been dancing since she the age of 3, honing her skills with Toledo Ballet School and Viva Dance Company in Monroe.
“She gets up every morning at 5:30 a.m. to do her abdominal workout, her feet workout and her splits. Then she goes to school, gets out and walks directly to dance. She puts in at least 30 hours a week,” Tamie said.
According to Tamie, Madyson is the first girl her age from Toledo Ballet School to nab such a prestigious role.
Madyson will train for the performance in Myrtle Beach, starting in early November. There are four shows a night from Nov. 21 to Dec. 24.