Father, daughter share coloring contest prizeClara colors her way to Nutcracker ballet Clara was starring on stage, but it was the talents of another “Clara” that put her in the audience as well when the Minnesota Ballet performed the Nutcracker earlier this month.
Clara colors her way to Nutcracker ballet
Clara was starring on stage, but it was the talents of another “Clara” that put her in the audience as well when the Minnesota Ballet performed the Nutcracker earlier this month.
Clara Honz, 6, of Superior and her dad Kevin were the grand prize winners of the “Color Your Way Into the Ballet” coloring contest sponsored by ICO.
Hundreds of youngsters ages 2 to teens enter annually — but it was this year’s “Open Division” that stirred up excitement as the age of participants spanned generations. Entire families, even grandparents up to age 63 competed this year.
Kevin Honz said he proudly listed his age of 42 on his prized creation in which he used liquid white-out to speckle his borders, calligraphy and glitter pens for the Nutcracker’s braids and boots, markers and new poppin’ Crayolas and chalk to decorate the ballerina, tree and special blazing yellow ICO logo on the company truck.
“Clara and I had a great time at the table for over an hour, talking about the holidays, what a magical event in the Nutcracker is, of all ICO does for our community and how someday she dreams of being a ballerina in the show,” Honz said.
A first grade student at Great Lakes Elementary and student of ballet at Madills, Clara says she “has never won anything in her life ... as wonderful as this.”
As the grand champions, the pair received four platinum seats, a Nutcracker storybook and their art displayed in the lobby outside the matinee show.
ICO is a longtime sponsor of the family holiday event and was the major underwriter of the new Manhattan backdrops and scenes.