Posted 20 November 2003 - 04:42 PM
For those of you that have seen this production, could you tell me a little about it? How does it compare with other Nuts you've seen? Granted, there aren't many Houstonians on this board (and if there are, speak up!), but I'm hoping someone out there has seen it.
Posted 29 November 2003 - 02:18 PM
Posted 29 November 2003 - 02:51 PM
All in all, aside from the drama, a very nice show.
Posted 30 November 2003 - 04:10 PM
Oh wow, what a spectacular Nutcracker. The opulent sets and costumes by Desmond Heeley put me in Christmas mode early this year. I knew that this production's Clara and Fritz were danced by adults, but when they came out, I was so convinced I was watching children I thought, "Holy shamoly! Those are a couple of talented 10 year olds!" Cleopatra Williams and Ilya Kozadayev were scheduled to perform, but I believe they were replaced by Laura Richards and Firat Kazbek Ozsoy (a little hard to tell from where I was sitting). They both did a fine job of fooling me (and of dancing). Werkheiser didn't quite come across me as a "Snow Queen"; she’s a lovely dancer, but I think I might prefer to see her in soubrette type roles. I would love to see Tyann Clement as the Queen, which she was scheduled to dance in for the evening performance. In Arabian, Clement had that mysterious “air” which is very compelling. Teague danced Sugar Plum with much charisma and beauty. Walsh, as the Nutcracker Prince, partnered both Queen and Sugar Plum nobly, and he is still quite the virtuoso in his variations. Nicholas Leschke and Kim Wagman danced the lead Flowers. Leschke was a strong and masculine partner, and Wagman was as delicate as, well, a flower. That was my first time seeing Wagman in a leading role and hope I get to see more of her.
Posted 01 December 2003 - 04:56 AM
After the show, artistic director Stanton Welch announced that Sugar Plum Fairy Sara Webb had made her final appearance as a soloist, because she was being promoted to the rank of principal. But the highly unusual onstage promotion -- the first I've seen at the Houston Ballet -- wasn't the evening's only unexpected twist.
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