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Nutcracker Casting


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#1 BalletNut

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 06:29 PM

Casting posted on sfballet.org, for the following performances:

Nutcracker
Friday, December 02, 2005 7pm
Saturday, December 03, 2005 2pm
Saturday, December 03, 2005 7pm
Sunday, December 04, 2005 2pm


Nutcracker Opening Night
Friday, December 02, 2005 7pm
Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Yuan Yuan Tan, Ruben Martin
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Muriel Maffre
Grand Pas de Deux: Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia

Nutcracker Matinee
Saturday, December 03, 2005 2pm
Drosselmeyer: Jorge Esquivel
Queen and King of the Snow: Lorena Feijoo, Moises Martin
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Frances Chung
Grand Pas de Deux: Kristin Long, Joan Boada

Nutcracker Evening
Saturday, December 03, 2005 7pm
Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Vanessa Zahorian
Grand Pas de Deux: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets*

Nutcracker Matinee
Sunday, December 04, 2005 2pm
Drosselmeyer: Peter Brandenhoff
Queen and King of Snow: Sarah Van Patten, Sergio Torrado
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Rachel Viselli
Grand Pas de Deux: Katita Waldo, Davit Karapetyan*

* Premiere in a role

Casting subject to change.

#2 Ed McPherson

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 07:26 PM

Ohh, I am glad Katita Waldo is doing a show of Grand Pas :rolleyes:

#3 sfshaza

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:49 PM

More Nut casting!


Nutcracker Evening
Friday, December 09, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: Gary Sheldon

Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, Stephen Legate
Sugar Plum Fairy: Vanessa Zahorian
Grand Pas de Deux: Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba



Nutcracker Matinee
Saturday, December 10, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: Martin West

Drosselmeyer: Jorge Esquivel
Queen and King of the Snow: Frances Chung*, Hansuke Yamamoto
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Elizabeth Miner
Grand Pas de Deux: Sarah van Patten, Sergio Torrado



Nutcracker Evening
Saturday, December 10, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: Gary Sheldon

Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Yuan Yuan Tan, Ruben Martin
Sugar Plum Fairy: Kristin Long
Grand Pas de Deux: Lorena Feijoo, Tiit Helimets



Nutcracker Matinee
Sunday, December 11, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: Gary Sheldon

Drosselmeyer: TBA
Queen and King of the Snow: Rachel Viselli, Peter Brandenhoff
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun
Grand Pas de Deux: Elizabeth Miner*, Nicolas Blanc*



Nutcracker Evening
Sunday, December 11, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: Martin West

Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli
Queen and King of the Snow: Claire Pascal*, Damian Smith*
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Yuan Yuan Tan
Grand Pas de Deux: Vanessa Zahorian, Davit Karepetyan


* Premiere in a role

#4 BalletNut

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 12:46 AM

Thank you for posting that, sfshaza. :beg:

#5 sfshaza

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 04:27 AM

I should change my login name to NutNut. I love Nut, especially the new Nut! ;-)

Sharon

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 08:17 PM

What a "nutty" idea. :beg:

As to the new casting, I'm especially interested to find out how the three new principals (Helimets, Karapetyan, and Pascal) will do in their SF debuts.

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 09:54 PM

More casting:

Nutcracker Matinee
Thursday, December 15, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: Martin West
Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Kristin Long, Nicolas Blanc
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Rachel Viselli
Grand Pas de Deux: Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia


Nutcracker Matinee
Friday, December 16, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: Martin West
Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli
Queen and King of the Snow: Frances Chung, Hansuke Yamamoto
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Claire Pascal*
Grand Pas de Deux: Vanessa Zahorian, Davit Karapetyan


Nutcracker Evening
Friday, December 16, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: David LaMarche
Drosselmeyer: Peter Brandenhoff
Queen and King of the Snow: Sarah Van Patten, Sergio Torrado
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Muriel Maffre
Grand Pas de Deux: Lorena Feijoo, Tiit Helimets


Nutcracker Matinee
Saturday, December 17, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: David LaMarche
Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli
Queen and King of the Snow: Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun, Stephen Legate
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Elana Altman
Grand Pas de Deux: Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba


Nutcracker Evening
Saturday, December 17, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: Gary Sheldon
Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Katita Waldo, Davit Karapetyan*
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Frances Chung
Grand Pas de Deux: Kristin Long, Joan Boada


Nutcracker Matinee
Sunday, December 18, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: Martin West
Drosselmeyer: Jorge Esquivel
Queen and King of the Snow: Elizabeth Miner, Pascal Molat
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Lorena Feijoo
Grand Pas de Deux: Sarah Van Patten, Sergio Torrado


Nutcracker Evening
Sunday, December 18, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: David LaMarche
Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Frances Chung
Grand Pas de Deux: Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets

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Posted 14 December 2005 - 10:20 PM

Even more casting. :blush:

Nutcracker Matinee
Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: Martin West

Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli
Queen and King of the Snow: Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba
Sugar Plum Fairy: Frances Chung
Grand Pas de Deux: Elizabeth Miner*, Nicolas Blanc*

Nutcracker Evening
Tuesday, December 20, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: David LaMarche

Drosselmeyer: Jorge Esquivel
Queen and King of the Snow: Lorena Feijoo, Moises Martin
Sugar Plum Fairy: Kristin Long
Grand Pas de Deux: Katita Waldo, Davit Karapetyan

Nutcracker Matinee
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: Martin West

Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Sarah Van Patten, Sergio Torrado
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Elana Altman
Grand Pas de Deux: Tina LeBlanc, Gonzalo Garcia

Nutcracker Evening
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: Martin West

Drosselmeyer: Ashley Wheater
Queen and King of the Snow: Yuan Yuan Tan, Ruben Martin
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Vanessa Zahorian
Grand Pas de Deux: Kristin Long, Joan Boada

Nutcracker Matinee
Thursday, December 22, 2005 2 pm
Conductor: David LaMarche

Drosselmeyer: Peter Brandenhoff
Queen and King of the Snow: Elizabeth Miner, Pascal Molat
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Claire Pascal
Grand Pas de Deux: Muriel Maffre, Pierre-François Vilanoba

Nutcracker Evening
Thursday, December 22, 2005 7 pm
Conductor: David LaMarche

Drosselmeyer: Val Caniparoli
Queen and King of the Snow: Katita Waldo, Davit Karapetyan
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Rachel Viselli
Grand Pas de Deux: Sarah Van Patten, Sergio Torrado

Casting subject to change.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:56 PM

i am confused as to why Liz Miner seems to be dancing so little. I think she is a beautiful dancer, and her name barely appears on the principal casting. Is she injured? (Although she is making a debut so I doubt this is the case) Or maybe she is doing other soloist parts in Nutcracker whose casting isn't posted on the website...? Curious.

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:21 PM

We haven't heard any official news about Miner, but if any is published, we'll be sure to post the links. If there's an annoucement or program change at a performance or pre- or post-performance talk at the Company, we hope attendees will let us know.

I think she's wonderful, and I'm hoping that she's cast in Sylvia again this year. :beg:

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 11:35 PM

You're right. She was scheduled to dance Grand Pas at the Sunday matinee on Dec 11th, but it was actually danced by Kristin Long. Kristin was in the program, so it wasn't that last minute.

I've never seen Elizabeth Miner dance, but I've heard she's very good. I saw Megan Low as Sylvia and I thought she was very good.

I haven't heard any official announcements either. I do hope I get to see her dance, especially in Sylvia. I LOVED that ballet!

Sharon

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 09:30 AM

That's too bad, I hope everything is okay.

Another question for those of you lucky enough to see SFB's Nutcracker --
which younger dancers are doing featured roles? The casting only lists the principal roles, and I was wondering which up-and-comes were dancing (and shining) in the divertissments? I feel as though Nutcracker can often be an excellent gage of the company's artistic sensibilities in regards to younger members of the corps, etc. It's a bit of a mixed blessing I suppose that they perform it ad infinitum because I am sure it gets a bit repetitive, but it does allow newer company members to demonstarte their prowess in soloist parts.

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 11:05 AM

It's hard to say who's doing which smaller roles in advance when they aren't listed on the website. The only way to know for sure is through hindsight: that is, posters on Ballet Talk reporting on the casts they saw when they went to their respective performaces (hint, hint). Beyond that, there's no way to know for sure, for a number of reasons: first of all, because, as stated above, it's not posted in advance, and also because casting often changes at the last minute due to any number of factors. Speculation about those factors is something we try not to do too much on this board in the absence of official press releases or news items, because otherwise it can turn into gossip...and there's always the chance of the dancers in question reading Ballet Talk... :beg:

As far as whether the artists of the company get tired of Nutcrackering after a month-long run of the same ballet over and over? Well, I'm seeing Nutz after Christmas this year, so if the dancers are sick of performing Nutcracker by then, I hope they make a decent effort to hide it. (Usually, they do.)

That being said, Miner is a lovely dancer and I hope to see her this season.

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 03:17 PM

I have the program from Dec 11th, so I *could* go through and, by process of elimination, figure out who the student dancers are. But even if I did that, I couldn't possibly tell you anything about their performance! How can one single them out?

Also, when I saw Vanessa Zahorian dance the Grand Pas, the Prince was danced by a new principal dancer (and new to the company): Tiit Helimuts. Now HOW do you pronounce that first name without blushing? I really don't know how it's correctly pronounced.

Anyway, I thought he had a very nice dancing style - very gallant. A long time SFB subscriber told me that Tiit (who is from Estonia) reminded him very much (stylistically) of a Finnish principal who used to be in the company. I can't remember the name he mentioned, and even if I could remember it, I doubt I could spell it. :-) But I like Tiit very much. He's a very powerful dancer, judging by what I saw.

Sharon

P.S. I wanted to clarify. As far as I can tell, the students are dancing roles like Snowflake and Flower. I'm not aware of any that danced a divertissements. But I will go through my program and double-check the names for the divertissement roles.

#15 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 05:13 PM

My guess is the prior Finnish principal was Mikko Nissinen, who is now director of Boston Ballet. I don't know any Estonian, but I was assuming with the double i that the name was pronounced "Teet".


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