Nutcracker's 36th production moves time and location

Nutcracker's 36th production moves time and location

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Ballet Theater is putting on its 36th production of "The Nutcracker". This time, the location has been moved. Usually, the performance is at the Leeward Community College Theater, but since it's undergoing a renovation, the production will be at Kaimuki High School. Artistic director Charlys Ing and her rehearsal assistant (and daughter) Kristin Aune appeared on Sunrise to talk about getting ready for the seasonal performance. Here are some of the details from their press release. Note that the production is being held 3 weeks earlier than usual:

Cakebearers, Bonbons, Flowers, Snowflakes and other enchanting dancers will appear in Hawaii Ballet Theatre's 36th annual production of "The Nutcracker", at Kaimuki High School Auditorium opening on the day after Thanksgiving.

Performances are on Friday, November 25, at 5:30 pm, Saturday, November 26, at 1:00 and 5:30 pm, and Sunday, November 27, at 3:00 pm.  Hawaii Ballet Theatre has presented this version of the holiday ballet at the Leeward Community College Theatre for many years, and has brought the production to Kaimuki High School Auditorium because the theater at Leeward is undergoing a complete renovation.  However, on Sunday, only standing room seats are available.

Rie Ichikawa, of the Boston Ballet, is the Sugarplum Fairy. Andrea Blankstein, formerly with the Berlin Opera Ballet and Cleveland Ballet, will appear as the Snow Queen and the Dewdrop Fairy.  Mark Otloski, former principal dancer with the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, will be the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Justin Koertgen, former dancer and ballet master for the Dayton (Ohio) Ballet, as the Cavalier will partner Ms. Ichikawa , and as the Arabian Prince, will appear with local dancer Ahlinn Yamane.

Two collegians will be taking a break from their studies to dance in this production. Rick Manayan, a senior at Wesleyan University, will reprise roles as the Mouse King and as a Russian trepak. Melissa Miura, a sophomore at Bowdoin College (Maine) will be young Clara. Punahou junior, Keala Akau, will be Clara's ornery brother Fritz.

Making solo appearances are local dancers Ahnya Chang, Carolyn Feher, Jacob Himoto, Philip Amer Kelley, Calvin Marquez, Megan Jim On, Dwayne Sakaguchi, Jonathan Sampaga, Kristen Santhany, Christine Yasunaga and Tony Young.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (808)456-8100, by email at tickets@hbtnut.org or by visiting HBT's website at www.hbtnut.org.

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