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#1 liebs


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Posted 30 December 2001 - 09:04 PM

I saw the 12/26 mat. and 12/29 eve. performances. I realize that I've only seen one of the casts of children. Tyler Gurfein was a terrific Nutcracker prince, nice clean technique and he mimes with a real passion and involvement. I was less impressed with Meiying Thai as Marie, she was competant but lacked the charm and warmth I remember from previous Maries.

I saw Ansanelli and Angle and Margaret Tracey and Hubbe as Sugar Plum and her cavalier. I enjoyed Ansanelli more as Sugar Plum than as Dew Drop. Her perfomance was warm, charming and confident and had a nice rapport with Angle. My only quibble is that her arms are sometimes held too straight, a little more softness in the elbows would be nice.

Tracey was dancing her last Sugar Plum yesterday and gave a terrific performance. She glowed in her first solo and danced the ppd with joy and confidence. She was well partnered by Hubbe who gave a nice performance in his variation.

Van Kipnis danced Dew Drop on the 26th and once again gave a stellar performance. Unlike Somogyi who seems to be having an "off Nutcracker," every one of Van Kipnis' performances have been on target. She was lovely last night as Marzipan as well.

Ulbricht was terrific as tea on the 26th. It's not just that he can jump, every move is clean, neat and precise - a pleasure to watch. Neither Suozzi nor Hoffmans brought this kind of technical precision to Candy Cane at the performances I saw.

One of the happiest developments of this season to date is the return of Jennifer Tinsley. Although I still think she is miscast as Marzipan, she gave strong performance and has looked hapyy and relaxed as the demi-soloist in Waltz of the Flowers.

I'm looking forward to the season!

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Posted 31 December 2001 - 02:58 PM

What did you think of Tess Reichlen as Coffee (Arabian) at the Wednesday Matinee? Tall, with big extensions, she seemed interesting casting in the role. I've been sorry to miss her and Rebecca Krohn among the younger corps members who debuted in this this fall.

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