Nutcracker ready to delight
Ballet favourite, The Nutcracker Suite jetes into the Regent on Broadway next week.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company brings the Christmas-themed dream scene with its famous score by Russian composer Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky, to the Regent on Broadway for one show only on Wednesday, November 9
The ballet company of 30, with five technical support staff, will be joined on stage by 40 young dancers, aged between 6 and 12 years, from the Maureen Ax School of Dance.
A choreographer from the company was in town on Saturday to put the young dancers through their paces for their performances in the opening children’s dance, as mice, and as cavalrymen and gunners for the famous battle scene between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The company’s Rachel Carey said the dancers then perform as fairies and gnomes in the second act.
‘‘They put in such a lot of work, and it’s such a wonderful opportunity for them.’’
The children will spend up to three hours rehearsing with the company when it arrives in the city on Wednesday afternoon. At 8pm, they will be ready to help bring this timeless tale of enchantment to life.
This version is set in a late 19th century German town on Christmas Eve, where a family gathers around the Christmas Tree. Herr Drosselmeyer, a mysterious toymaker turns up and leaves the little girl Clara a special wooden nutcracker.
To Tchaikovsky’s inspired music suite, the enchanted Nutcracker later transforms into a handsome prince, and in a story that blurs dream and reality, whisks Clara off to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy in a land of fantasy, magic and adventure.
The Moscow based ballet company, acclaimed for its 2015 season of Swan Lake, opens its 14 centre New Zealand Nutcracker tour on Tuesday 8 in Hamilton, with Palmerston North second up.
Colourfully costumed dancers from the Imperial Russian Ballet Company perform in classic Christmas ballet ‘The Nutcracker’.