The Calamia Family of West Milford Performs Together in The Nutcracker
West Milford Family Performs Together in The King Centre’s Rendition of The Nutcracker
Lynne and Marc Calamia of West Milford have impressive resumes including numerous professional appearances on stage with some of the industry’s finest and most respected performers. They have performed nationally and internationally for respected world leaders, but both were sincerely honored and proud to be sharing the stage with their own daughter, Ruby, in the New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts’ spectacular rendition of The Nutcracker recently at Lakeland High School in Wanaque, NJ. The New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts is under the umbrella of The King Centre for the Performing Arts.
Ruby Calamia is a 12 year old student at The King Centre and has been studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical dance. She is a member of The American Youth Dance Company and has traveled throughout the region to perform and compete. She has been recognized for her talent both regionally and nationally. She was very excited to perform the role of “Clara” in the Nutcracker and was thrilled that her parents were joining her to play “Lead Mom” and “Lead Dad” making them not only her actual parents, but her on- stage parents as well. Although some audience members didn’t even realize the connection, most could see the joy and natural connection between the members of this accomplished family.
Lynne graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in dance. She joined Ballet Hispanico and rose to the rank of principal dancer. She traveled nationally and internationally and performed for President Menem of Argentina and President Bush. She transitioned to musical theater and became a member of the Broadway companies of Chicago, Cats and Fosse. Other highlights include The Kennedy Center Honors kinder and Ebb, where she shared the stage with such legends as Liza Minelli and Joel Grey while performing for President Clinton. She most recently performed “All That Jazz” with the original cast of Chicago honoring Shirley MacLaine. She is currently a professional chef/food stylist shooting shows for The Food Network as well as editorial shoots for major food brands.
Marc received his BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He danced with Ballet Hispanico in New York City and partnered with principal dancer Lynne Morrissey, who later became his wife. He received his equity card in NY Shakespeare Festival’s premier of The Striker, starring Jane Atkinson and Phillip Hoffman, followed by several national touring musical productions including three West Side Storys and two A Chorus Lines. On Broadway Marc played “Fred Casely” in Chicago, The Musical and was part of the original cast of Fosse. He performed in the Academy Award winning movie of Chicago, which turned his career focus to filmmaking. He now produces TV commercials for national brands such as Oscar Mayer, Nike, Google, Samsung and others.
Director Nancy King was honored to have the experience to work with Marc and Lynne Calamia and their daughter Ruby, as well as all of the other families and the community. She looks forward to continuing the tradition of The Nutcracker for many years to come.