West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting "The Nutcracker Ballet".
delightful holiday classic is performed at Kahilu Theatre
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 Choreographers Soili Arvola & 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
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 Nutcracker Ballet is sponsored by Central Pacific Bank, Hilton Waikoloa Resort, Hawaiian Airlines, Valeric
Cartwright & Richard Olazaba