West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting "The Nutcracker Ballet”. This delightful holiday classic is performed at Kahilu Theatre on Thursday, December 21 and Friday, December 22, 6:00pm and Saturday, December 23, 2:00pm.
A Full Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with members of the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the dancers.
This visually stunning festive family-friendly production includes more than 70 local dancers, guest dancers from The Maui Academy of Performing Arts, and Guest Professional dancers from the Matsuyama Ballet, 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 and Megan Joy Chapman and Guest Choreographer 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.
WHDT’ s 2017 Nutcracker Ballet is sponsored by Central Pacific Bank, Hilton Waikoloa Resort, Hawaiian Airlines
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 by providing a comprehensive educational dance and theatre program on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Thursday, 21 December, 2017
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