Katrina Tamminga - Nov. 11, 2009
In the blink of an eye, the lazy days of summer barbeques and pool parties are replaced by sleigh bells, twinkling lights, and of course, the annual holiday tradition of The Nutcracker. Celebrate this holiday classic with Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker, opening Nov. 28 and running through Dec. 27 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Coloradans know that Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the only way to truly experience Clara’s adventures through the Land of the Sweets. With 24 performances, Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker proves to be a joy for both adults and children year after year. Featuring seasoned Company veterans and fresh faces from the Academy of Colorado Ballet, Artistic Director Gil Boggs stated simply, “It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
This year’s The Nutcracker will showcase Colorado Ballet’s principal dancers in the roles of the Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier. The roles feature four couples rotating throughout the production. Maria Mosina will dance alongside Alexei Tyukov, Igor Vassine will partner with Sharon Wehner, Sayaka Karasugi will dance with Dmitry Trubchanov and Shelby Dyer and Viacheslav Buchkovskiy will partner with one another.
Academy of Colorado Ballet graduate, Alyssa Velasquez, will reprise the role of Clara, and dance alongside Luis Valdes who will dance the role of the Nutcracker Prince. The other couples dancing the roles of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince include Dana Benton and Viacheslav Buchkovskiy and Caitlin Valentine with Adam Still. These dancers are just one of the many Nutcracker-tested dancers to grace the stage this year.
Dancing along side Clara and the Nutcracker Prince will be 90 young dancers from the Academy of Colorado Ballet. This annual production gives these young performers their chance in the spotlight, as the magic of the theatre transforms them into Polichinelles, Party Children, Soldiers, and even Angels.
This year Tchaikovsky’s familiar arrangement should only be heard at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where Colorado Ballet will be presenting a 40 piece orchestra. No other local production of The Nutcracker will feature a live orchestra, let alone one of such magnitude. The well known score paired with the always exquisite, yet traditional choreography will create a sense of awe and dazzle even for annual patrons.
Much gratitude is given to KeyBank, Colorado Ballet’s primary sponsor for the 2009 production of The Nutcracker. KeyBank’s generous gift will provide patrons with more than just a performance; for two hours audiences will literally be transported to a magical world where candy and fairies reign supreme.
Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for The Nutcracker: