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Winter Opening Night casting etc...

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The casting for opening night and some nutcrackers has been released:

Casting

Program and Casting Subject to Change

*First time in role

+Guest Artist

OPENING NIGHT GALA

Tuesday, November 26, 2002, at 7:30pm

*Carousel (A Dance)

*ANSANELLI, *WOETZEL, *RUTHERFORD, *van KIPNIS, *HIGGINS, *ANGLE

Pause

*Land of Nod

*MARCOVICI, *La FOSSE, *FAIRCHILD, *ARTHURS, *Ku FROMAN, *Ky FROMAN, *ULBRICHT, *HALL, *SETH

Intermission

*Thou Swell

*KISTLER, *KOWROSKI, *BORREE, *RINGER, *SOTO, *ASKEGARD, *MARTINS, *FAYETTE

THE NUTCRACKER

November 29 - December 1, 2002

FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 29, 8:00 PM [Fiorato]

Sugarplum: KISTLER

Cavalier: SOTO

Dewdrop: SOMOGYI

Marzipan: TINSLEY

Hot Chocolate: RUTHERFORD, HANNA

Coffee: HANSON

Tea: HENDRICKSON

Candy Cane: GOLD

Mother Ginger: TBA

Flower, S.R.: van KIPNIS

Flower, S.L.: A. STAFFORD

Doll (Girl): MANDRADJIEFF

Doll (Boy): BOUDER

Soldier: SEVERINI

Mouse King: SETH

Drosselmeier: La FOSSE

Hostess: NATANYA

Host: HOUSTON

SATURDAY MATINEE, NOVEMBER 30, 2:00 PM [Quinn]

Sugarplum: KOWROSKI

Cavalier: ASKEGARD

Dewdrop: TAYLOR

Marzipan: EDGE

Hot Chocolate: McBREARTY, FOWLER

Coffee: NATANYA

Tea: ULBRICHT

Candy Cane: MILLEPIED

Mother Ginger: TBA

Flower, S.R.: BAR

Flower, S.L.: BESKOW

Doll (Girl): DRONOVA

Doll (Boy): BARAK

Soldier: Ku FROMAN

Mouse King: *ORZA

Drosselmeier: La FOSSE

Hostess: ABERGEL

Host: ROBERTSON

SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 30, 8:00 PM [Kaplow]

Sugarplum: RINGER

Cavalier: BOAL

Dewdrop: ANSANELLI

Marzipan: RIGGINS

Hot Chocolate: van KIPNIS, SETH

Coffee: ASH

Tea: CARMENA

Candy Cane: ANGLE

Mother Ginger: TBA

Flower, S.R.: RUTHERFORD

Flower, S.L.: TBA

Doll (Girl): FAIRCHILD

Doll (Boy): RICARD

Soldier: Ky FROMAN

Mouse King: HANNA

Drosselmeier: KRAMAREVSKY

Hostess: BESKOW

Host: FOWLER

SUNDAY MATINEE, DECEMBER 1, 1:00 PM [Fiorato]

Sugarplum: BORREE

Cavalier: MARTINS

Dewdrop: TAYLOR

Marzipan: EDGE

Hot Chocolate: RUTHERFORD, HANNA

Coffee: HANSON

Tea: HENDRICKSON

Candy Cane: GOLD

Mother Ginger: TBA

Flower, S.R.: van KIPNIS

Flower, S.L.: A. STAFFORD

Doll (Girl): MANDRADJIEFF

Doll (Boy): BOUDER

Soldier: SEVERINI

Mouse King: SETH

Drosselmeier: La FOSSE

Hostess: NATANYA

Host: ROBERTSON

SUNDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 1, 5:00 PM [Quinn]

Sugarplum: KOWROSKI

Cavalier: ASKEGARD

Dewdrop: SOMOGYI

Marzipan: RIGGINS

Hot Chocolate: McBREARTY, FOWLER

Coffee: NATANYA

Tea: ULBRICHT

Candy Cane: MILLEPIED

Mother Ginger: TBA

Flower, S.R.: BAR

Flower, S.L.: BESKOW

Doll (Girl): DRONOVA

Doll (Boy): BARAK

Soldier: Ku FROMAN

Mouse King: ORZA

Drosselmeier: KRAMAREVSKY

Hostess: ABERGEL

Host: HOUSTON

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Well, I have tickets to opening night. All praise to the fourth ring society! The $12 price tag was too good to pass up.

But now I am wondering about the "substance" of this program. There is no "big" work that I can see, no chance to see a large corps. I hope that we won't be seeing three little ditties for our trouble!

Who else will be there?

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I did not mean to imply, btw, that I only like big cast ballets. In fact, many of my NYCB favorites have small corps, or no corps--I am thinking of Apollo, Barocco, Dances at a Gathering.

I more meant that, after four months of no NYCB for me, and even longer for anyone who couldn't get to Saratoga, there are lots of dancers that I want to see--RIGHT NOW. That's all.

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You can get 4th Ring Soc. tickets for the opening? Dang. I'll have to get my order in right away. There's always standing-room.

For the Nuts, I'm most excited about the Dewdrops. Taylor, Ansanelli, Somogyi. Can't wait.

Although I'm sad not to see Whelan's name anywhere...

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Hmm...A. Stafford's appearances seem to have decreased as well after the first few years!

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Nutcracker is always tough casting for the women. Aside from Dewdrop and Sugarplum, the rest is just "demi" work. And the first week always brings out the "top" principals. I'm sure Stafford will be cast.

Still no sign of Weese :)

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OK. Who has tickets to which performances? It has been years since I've ventured into the city to see Nutcracker, but this year with my daughter in college in NY, always good for an excuse to go in....we just might take in a performance. But I'd like to be a bit picky about casting and see who I want to see.

I like the looks of Saturday night November 30, but that is one performance that just won't work, so I'll just wait and see what develops after the first week.

It is strange to see an entire week sans Whelan, is it not? Don't know when I have ever seen such a thing. I thought she might be injured, but I see that she will be up in Albany doing several performances with a local ballet school on December 6 and 7. Might have to get a ticket for that.

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to rkoretsky,

I've heard that one of the Gala pieces has a big corps, so you may be seeing a lot more dancers than the principal casting indicates.

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Thanks, I didn't even think of that! I've been too long without NYCB and I'm in withdrawl!

I did play a little game on my own, trying to guess the choreographer of each piece, based on my knowledge of the dancers that each of them likes to use. I think I did pretty well.

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Who are the choreographers for each piece?

I'm guessing on the casting

LaFosse, Wheeldon and Martins, in that order?

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But I would put the first two in reverse order:

Those listed on the first ballet are among the dancers that Chris Wheeldon seems to use frequently.

The second ballet features lots of male principals, I think I have seen LaFosse do this before. He is also in the ballet: does he generally choreograph for himself?

A week from tomorrow and we will know:)

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I'll be at my usually post (volunteering) for both performance on Sunday the 1st. Not too happy about the matinee casting.

Delighted to see Somogyi as first cast Dewdrop, even if it's due, in some part, b/c Whelan is out.

Is Whelan injured?

-amanda

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I'll be in the Third Ring on Opening Night and will be at Nutcracker December 3 with other members of SAB's Founders Society.

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Wendy Whelan has some Nutcracker's in Dallas, TX during that first weekend of performances. It is very hard for the dancers to get released during the season, but they make such good money guesting and sometimes they get to dance with people they may not ususally dance with such as Wendy with Philip Neal. Damian Woetzel and Julie Kent do Nuts in Lewisvile, TX that same weekend.

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They clarified on NYCB's website the choreographers

Carousel (A Dance) -Wheeldon

Land of Nod-LaFosse

Thou Swell-Martins

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