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Dunwoody senior to star in Roswell ballet production of ‘Aladdin’
by Noreen Cochran
March 20, 2013 10:45 AM | 6228 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody resident Lilly Schmaltz will co-star as Jasmine in the Roswell Dance Theatre’s ballet “Aladdin” next weekend.

The Disney princess is the Dunwoody High School senior’s second starring role with the theater’s pre-professional company, and her last.

“It’s coming together really well,” Schmaltz said about near-daily rehearsals. “But it’s definitely bittersweet.”

When she enters the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech in the fall, she will be missed, said Nancy Tolbert, director of the theatre and its parent, the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance.

Tolbert, who trained Schmaltz for 16 of her 18 years, described the teen as dedicated, hardworking and a “real team player.”

“We have seen her grow up,” she said. “It’s amazing. She’s not only matured but grown into a beautiful dancer. She’s a beautiful person, too, a joy to watch and to work with. She’s one in a million.”

The daughter of Bill and Joan Schmaltz describes herself as very much like the character she plays.

“We’re both pretty independent and we want to do our own thing in life,” Schmaltz said. “Jasmine’s father wants her to marry one of these bachelors and she falls in love with Aladdin instead.”

Instead of flying off on a magic carpet, the dancer will go off to college — entering another long-term training program.

Schmaltz will study to become the first doctor in her family.

“In the story, Jasmine runs off and does her own thing. Going to med school is like that,” Schmaltz said. “I want to be a surgeon. I’m not sure what specialty yet.”

She will give it careful thought, unlike Jasmine, who often leaps before she looks.

“She might be a little more spontaneous than I am,” Schmaltz said. “I’m not like that. I’m super-cautious in everything I do.”

“Aladdin” also features Cameron Birts in the title role.

The ballet was staged by Kassandra Taylor Newberry and directed by Tracey Yanckello Bayly, who chose her cast from the pre-professional company of 100 dancers.

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