West Hawaii Dance Theatre lights up the holidays by presenting "The Nutcracker Ballet”. This delightful holiday classic is performed at Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, December 21, Sunday, December 22, and Monday, December 23, 2019.
All performances will be at 2:00pm
A Full Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with musicians of the West Hawaii Dance Theatre Orchestra will accompany the dancers.
The visually stunning festive family-friendly production includes more than 70 dancers and Guest Professional dancers. Shaina Liebson, Alberta Ballet and Ballett im Revier in Germany, Damir Emric, Royal Danish Ballet, Jessica Woodman San Jose Ballet, Miho Tsutsumi, Matsuyama Ballet Company, Ryuske Kishida, Yanomoko Ballet Company, and Timour Bourtasenkov, Carolina Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet.
Choreography is based on the original Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo version, and has been updated for this years production by West Hawaii Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Virginia Holte, Co-Director Midori Satoh, instructors Jenna Ojeda, Ann Marie Pargett Alana Heuer-Salazar, and Megan Joy Chapman and Guest Choreographers Soili Arvola & Miho Tsutsumi.
The Nutcracker Ballet combines the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the charming, old world fairy tale based on the original E.T.A. Hoffman story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice.
The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, who is given a magical Nutcracker Doll on Christmas Eve by her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer. Adventure awaits as she and her transformed Nutcracker Prince battle the frightful Rat King before embarking on a journey through the Land of the Snow.
With the the help of the delicate Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and her Prince travel to the Land of the Sweets where they are entertained by an Arabian Princess, Spicy Spanish Dancers, Giggling Chinese Dancers, delightful Marzipan, and beautiful Waltzing Flowers.
A Silent Auction and Nutcracker Boutique will be held in the lobby. Proceeds will benefit WHDT’s ongoing programs, scholarship fund, and studio renovations.
2019 Nutcracker Ballet is sponsored by Hilton Waikoloa Resort, Hawaiian Airlines, The Dayton Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, and Valerie Cartwright & Richard Olazaba.
Information: Phone West Hawaii Dance Theatre (808) 329-8876 www.whdt.org
WHDT is a Non-Profit Educational Arts organization under IRS Code 501 (c)(3) and is supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, Ironman Foundation, Macy’s and our local businesses and families. Founded in 1989, WHDT Academy transforms individuals and builds community with a comprehensive graded dance program.
Saturday, 21 December, 2019
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