HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dancers from around the world will take the stage at the Blaisdell Concert Hall this weekend for the Nutcracker. The winter tradition is back and better than ever. This beloved, time-honored ballet is set to Tchaikovsky's rich score and shines the spotlight on a large cast of more than 160 dancers from across Hawaii and abroad.
Celebrating her 25th Anniversary season, Artistic Director Pamela Taylor-Tongg is once again staging a magical performance. Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker boasts beautiful sets, lavish costumes, myriad special touches and of course, the captivating music of Tchaikovsky.
This year, Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker sparkles with distinction as it welcomes two principal dancers from New York City Ballet, Megan Fairchild and Joaquin DeLuz, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. In addition, Lilyan Vigo Ellis, winner of the Princess Grace Award and a member of Carolina Ballet, graces the stage as the Snow Queen and Dew Drop. Timour Bourtasenkov from Carolina Ballet, Honolulu-born Romi Beppu from Ballet West, Andrew Veyette from New York City Ballet, and Lindsi Dec from Pacific Northwest Ballet round out this dazzling performance.
Opening Night Pre-Show Celebration & Dinner: Opening night for Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker features a pre-show benefit dinner on the Concert Hall lanai for $150 per person. This intimate prelude to a balletic evening includes a premium performance ticket, gourmet dining from Hawaii's finest restaurants, parking, and a post-performance backstage reception.
Friday, December 17 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 18 - 7:30pm
Sunday, December 19 - 2:00pm
Prices range from $35 to $75 and are sold at Ticketmaster: Call 1-800-745-3000 or click HERE for a link to Ticketmaster online.
Click HERE for a link to Ballet Hawaii's website.