November 28, 1991 |
As sure as Christmas comes every year, so does "The Nutcracker" ballet. Although it's 99 years old, the ballet is still an awesome treat for kids. How could it not be? It's a story about children, magic, a Sugarplum Fairy, a prince, a Mouse King and his army, a Snow Queen--and maybe most spectacular of all--a Christmas tree that grows before your eyes. No fewer than three productions of the ballet can be seen in Los Angeles next month.
November 27, 1991 |
"Nutcracker" season is upon us again: At least seven productions are scheduled in Orange County alone, beginning with the San Francisco Ballet production that opens Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. So another opportunity presents itself to appreciate the wondrous score Tchaikovsky composed, astonishingly, at a time when, in his words, "a consuming depression constantly gnaws at my heart, and I have not for a long time felt as unhappy as now."
September 24, 1991 |
The San Francisco Ballet will offer its production of the "Nutcracker" ballet Nov. 29-Dec. 8 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, filling the hole left when American Ballet Theatre canceled its new production scheduled for the same period. Created in 1983, the San Francisco Ballet "Nutcracker" incorporates Lew Christensen's 1967 choreography and later choreography by Willam Christensen and SFB artistic director Helgi Tomasson. Sets and costumes are by Jose Varona.
September 24, 1991 |
The San Francisco Ballet will dance the "Nutcracker" Nov. 29 to Dec. 8 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, filling the hole left by the recent cancellation of American Ballet Theatre's new "Nutcracker" production scheduled for the same period. "The fact that this highly regarded company . . . was able to make itself available to us on our previously announced dates is, quite frankly, a bit of a miracle," Center president Thomas R. Kendrick said in a prepared statement issued Monday.
September 14, 1991 |
There'll be some coal in Orange County ballet fans' Christmas stockings this year: American Ballet Theatre has canceled the world premiere of its much ballyhooed new production of "The Nutcracker," which had been slated for December at the Performing Arts Center. Citing shaky finances, the company has backed out of its two-week engagement at the Center, where officials had no immediate comment on plans to fill the now-vacant Nov. 29-Dec. 8 slot.
December 20, 1990 |
Little wonder that so many children discover classical music through Tchaikovsky's perennial Christmas favorite, "Nutcracker," either by watching a performance of the ballet or by hearing the famous Suite of music drawn from it. Right from the start, Tchaikovsky creates a world of sound that children can relate to, and that draws them in. The music can, of course, appeal to adults as well.
December 8, 1990 |
Christmas without "The Nutcracker" would be like Easter without the bunny or Thanksgiving without the turkey. It just wouldn't be the same. And this year, more than enough troupes are continuing the tradition in San Diego. "The Nutcracker," the enduring Christmas ballet of a little girl's toy that comes to life, will be presented by ballet companies from Poway to San Diego this season in live performances running through Dec. 23.
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December 25, 1988
Expecting to view their children performing in the Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker," dozens of parents came away from the final dress rehearsal Friday at the Music Center with sour feelings. The unexpectedly large crowd was asked to leave at intermission, which officials say was the plan all along. It was a misunderstanding, they said. Richard Tollefson, manager of operations and development for the Joffrey, called it a "confused situation."
December 18, 1988 |
"It was Bob's last gift to all of us, and nothing could be more appropriate," said Gerald Arpino, reflecting on what became Robert Joffrey's final theatrical venture. Former associate director and resident choreographer, Arpino has been the Joffrey Ballet's artistic director since the founder's death in March at the age of 57.