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Nutcracker 2004


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#1 Old Fashioned

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 07:28 PM

I attended the December 4th matinee performance of the Nutcracker. Since they decided to be lazy this time and not print full casting in the Playbill, the casting went as follows, if my eyes didnít fail me (sometimes I just canít differentiate one from the other, you know?):

The dolls where fine, but the only one I could make out was Bridgett Zehr, who danced the female Harlequin (the male is masked, and I couldnít see below the brimsí of the hats of the Soldier and Soldierís companion). Zehr also caught my eye as one of the corps girls in the Waltz of the Flowers. I donít like how Clara (danced by Laura Richards, me thinks) prances around Snow while theyíre performing. It disrupts the gorgeous patterns, and the corps looked very clean and together today. Kristina Harper stole the show as Snow Queen with her charming presence, her delicate phrasing and innate musicality which all added up to that something extra, what we like to call ďballerina polishĒ or ďperfume.Ē Her technique may not be the strongest among the females in the company- I detected a fall off of pointe and a slight partnering flub- but it doesnít matter. The ever giving partner, Konvalina, was the Prince. He later danced with Leticia Oliveira, the Sugar Plum Fairy. Oliveira with her solid technique held those balances with ease and pulled off a series of fouettes alternating between singles and doubles. She is as dazzling as ever. Sara Webb made a surprisingly sexy Arabian dancer; sheís one of those Iíve always considered to be pretty demure. Those death-defying backbends (done with her lifted into the air by her partner, feet touching head) drew oohs and aahs from the crowd. Lead of the Flowers, Lauren Anderson and Caleb Mitchell, was uninspiring, especially after watching the Dewdrop clips of Sof Sylve from the Peter Wright Sleeping Beauty dvd last night (I know, two very different pieces of choreography, but still). Anderson still draws some of the biggest cheers from the audience, though. Gopak was in fine form, but I didnít know who the dancer was (I have my guesses but donít feel like sharing). The Mirlitons pas de trois was wonderfully danced by Carl Coomer, Michelle Carpenter (?), and Lisa Kaczmarek, whom I thought especially good. I really enjoyed Kaczmarek in last seasonís Ketubah, and Iím sure it will be a treat to see her as SPF, which sheís scheduled to dance on Dec 20th (Iím missing out on all this great casting!).

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 01:04 PM

Thank you for that information, Old Fashioned! Delighted to hear that Lisa K. is getting to do SPF. She is one of our former students and company apprentices here at WB.

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Posted 05 December 2004 - 08:49 PM

I think she also danced the role for a student matinee last year, but she'll be able to do it for a public audience this time.

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 07:41 PM

I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your insight on everything. It is really nice to hear about Houston (hehe well thats because I am like in love with the company). :D

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 07:46 PM

Thank you. :D If you're in the area and you see their performances, we would like to hear your thoughts on the company, too!


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