Sewickley sisters taking stage in holiday staple

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Donohue home always is full of song.

The Sewickley family, which consists of six children ranging in age from 8 to 19 and their parents, Maria and Bryan, is a pretty noisy group, Maria Donohue said.

“Frankly, it is never quiet in our house,” she said. “Someone is always singing or playing an instrument.”

The three Donohue girls, who have been dancing since age 3, soon will participate in Karen Prunzik's Broadway Dance Studio's second annual production of “The Nutcracker,” to be staged in the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie.

Ciara Donohue, 14, a Sewickley Academy freshman, will play the nutcracker and will perform in the “Marzipan” (also known as “Dance of the Mirlitons”), in “Snow Dance” and in “Waltz of the Flowers.”

This will be her second time performing in “The Nutcracker.” She played a marzipan dancer and a maid last year.

Maeve, 13, an academy seventh-grader, will play a maid in the party scene and perform in the “Spanish Dance.” Cait, 8, an academy second-grader, is in the “Chinese Dance” and in the “Harlequin Doll Dance.”

“‘The Nutcracker' has brought them closer, but also allowed them to be individuals, for they all have different parts,” their mother said. “They can share their art of dancing wherever they go, whether it be in the living room, at the beach, or at grandma's personal care home.”

Prunzik said the sisters are very talented, dedicated and “just the nicest young ladies you ever want to know.

“I'm really looking forward to watching their talents flourish,” she said.

The sisters will perform with a cast of nearly 50 that will include Gabriela Zucckero, 16, daughter of Richard and Renee of Glen Osborne, a Quaker Valley High School sophomore, and Sarah Cullo, 17, a North Catholic High School senior and daughter of Kathryn and Leonard Cullo of Edgeworth.

Gabriela will appear as the Dew Drop fairy soloist in the “Waltz of the Flowers.” Sarah will be a soloist in the “Arabian Dance.”

Ciara, who has taken voice lessons for three years, will sing a duet of “All I Want for Christmas is You” with Broadway Dance Studio student Shane Treloar of McDonald, in the My Macy's Holiday Parade on Nov. 30 in downtown Pittsburgh.

This will be the fourth year that the Crafton studio will take part in the parade. This year, most of the 13 participating students, who range in age from 7 to 17, will perform on a float.

Ciara, who has sung solos in school plays and chorus groups and in dance recitals, said she is nervous and excited to perform in the parade.

“It is definitely going to be a fun and cold experience, and nothing like any other performance I have done,” she said.

Her three brothers, Joseph, 19, a sophomore at Connecticut College majoring in music and biology; Liam, 17, a senior academy senior; and Sean, 10 an academy fourth-grader, are active musicians and singers.

Maria Donohue said her children's musical talents are a “source of great joy and pride.”

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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