Nutcracker is back
Following their sell-out performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Ballet Company returns to New Zealand to perform The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is famous for the musical genius of Tchaikovsky.
The Nutcracker will be performed at the Regent on Broadway on Wednesday November 9.
The Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is performed by countless ballet companies across the world especially around Christmas.
The illustrious cast of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company enjoys dancing it more than any other ballet from their extensive repertoire, especially when they’re joined by children from local ballet schools in the cities where they perform.
The original story was adapted by Alexander Dumas as The Tale of the Nutcracker and, from there, it has evolved many times. It’s Christmas Eve and family and friends gather around a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. From there the characters, Clara, Fritz, Drosselmeyer and a wooden nutcracker are introduced. Later the nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince and he takes Clara on a journey where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Tchaikovsky surpassed himself and achieved one of the greatest musical scores for the ballet which include the Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Bookings for The Nutcracker at TicketDirect. When the crowd roars at a rugby or cricket game, the cameras move elsewhere and the commentators change the subject, you know a streaker has invaded the pitch. Next month a streaker will invade Centrepoint’s pitch and he’ll stay there centre stage for six weeks. This cracker of a comedy opens the day before Guy Fawkes and extends until December 18.
It’s a crown jewel of a production and stars Greg Johnson as Ron Hewlett, a man in a financial crisis. When a local radio station offers a million dollar promotion, Greg sees the stunt as the way out of his cash strapped crisis. The problem is he has to run naked in the bare all sprint at the Mitre 10 Cup final. That’s the scenario for Centrepoint’s riotous end-of-year comedy, The Streaker. It brings together six well-known New Zealand actors including our own Carrie Green who star in this Gregory Cooper comedy which premiered at Court Theatre, Christchurch, last month. However, Centrepoint assures us it’s been adapted especially for Manawatu audiences.
The Streaker also marks the final production for Centrepoint’s artistic director Jeff KingsfordBrown.
The Streaker is one of a number of appealing end-of-year productions. Across town at The Auditorium, Abbey Musical Theatre is staging Dusty, the life and journey of British singing legend Dusty Springfield.
AMT emphasise that Dusty isn’t a tribute show but a celebration of her life, both on and off the stage, through the passionate and emotive songs she sang. In Amy Hunt they have engaged one of the finest interpreters of Dusty’s music and someone ideally capable of shaping the character and singing the music.
Dusty opens at The Auditorium on November 24 and runs until December 10.
A short drive through Aokautere and over the Pahiatua Track takes you to Tararua country and there Pahiatua Repertory are presenting Beauty and the Beast. This year is the 25th anniversary of the famous Walt Disney show and, to mark the milestone, the society has transformed their Regent Theatre into the Beast’s castle using state-of-the-art technology.
Pahiatua Repertory has assembled a strong cast both from the Manawatu and Tararua and the delightful show offers another option to end the year with wonderful music and great theatre.
Globe Theatre reports it’s much anticipated bar and kitchen area is close to completion. It’s been a labour of love for the Globe Theatre Trust but, with its facilities ready for use, the theatre can extend its hospitality in time for its production of Silly Cow. Globe 2 is also proving popular for business presentations, seminars and events for up to 100 people.
If dinosaurs are creatures of the past, robots are the inventions of the future. Te Manawa offers both – an ongoing, inter-active dinosaur exhibition and Thursday night Robots. The programme uses Vex robots which are built from a range of Lego-like pieces and presents design challenges for Years 6-8. The workshops offer a great holiday activity.
I wonder if they can build dinosaurs?
The Streaker is one of a number of appealing end of year productions. Across town Abbey Musical Theatre is staging Dusty. Malcolm Hopwood Overture
The Imperial Ballet Company performs The Nutcracker.