Nutcracker is back

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY! - MAL­COLM HOP­WOOD

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.

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