Posted 16 November 2004 - 12:11 PM
Posted 22 November 2004 - 08:49 PM
I know that Nutcracker often has a plethora of guest performers -- in Seattle we've had local celebrities (including sports figures) as parents during the party scene. What kind of special guests does your local Nut include?
Posted 22 November 2004 - 09:43 PM
DC has about 79 Nutcrackers (give or take a baker's dozen) at last count. Two biggies are the Joffrey Ballet's, which opens Wednesday at the Kennedy Center, and a brand new production by the Washington Ballet. Haven't heard of any guest stars yet. One might think that some enterprising Senator (or ex-Senator) might want to take the part of Drosselmeyer -- How about Senator Byrd of West Virginia? But no one ever does.
Posted 26 November 2004 - 10:46 AM
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Posted 28 November 2004 - 09:28 AM
Posted 28 November 2004 - 09:56 AM
Georgia, I've been curious about the Boston Ballet's new "Nutcracker" -- I agree with you about adults playing kids. Especially when you have real kids next to them, I think it looks silly. How was the second act?
Posted 28 November 2004 - 10:31 AM
Posted 28 November 2004 - 10:59 AM
Posted 28 November 2004 - 12:08 PM
It would be great to see Marcelo and Sara together again. I do not think they have danced together in 10 years since their graduation from Harid in 1995! It should be a very special show!
Hopefully if someone here sees that cast they'll report back to tell us how it went! I won't be able to catch them dance (I'll be out of town again), but I might get to see him with Mimi.
Quoted from Houston Chronicle:
"He's a generous partner, and I thought he and Mimi would make quite a power couple. She's just returning from surgery, so it's nice to have him here to help give her a big 'arrival.' He does his final set of shows with Sara, which will be fun for them because they've known each other a long time." [Welch]
HB Nutcracker Casting
A few corps girls will have the opportunity to dance leading roles. Lisa Kacsmarek will be the Sugar Plum Fairy for one matinee performance, and Bridgett Zehr, Jaquel Charlesworth, and newcomer Nao Kusuzaki, who I have yet to see, will be Snow Queens.
Posted 28 November 2004 - 03:29 PM
And for some reason they cast a fully grown male and female to play the roles of Fritz and Clara. I know some ballet companies do that but I don't know why. Clara and Fritz are supposed to be children and they looked ridiculous next to the actual children who played their peers in the party scene. Fritz was a foot taller than the other party boys and I felt embarrassed for him. Hopefully it will improve when they move in the new bigger venue next year.
Pacific Northwest Ballet's production walks a middle path, with a child Clara in the first act, and an adult in the second (who gets the Sugar Plum Fairy music). The child comes back at the very end, when she wakes up from her dream.
Posted 28 November 2004 - 03:51 PM
I do agree, though, that I prefer seeing actual children in those roles.
Posted 28 November 2004 - 04:02 PM
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