Youth America Ballet's The Nutcracker with Berlin State Ballet's Wieslaw Dudek
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The last date listed for The Nutcracker was Sunday December 9, 2007 / 2:00pm.
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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and reimagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in The Sky" and "No One Is Alone" took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
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Youth America Ballet’s family holiday favorite The Nutcracker features the original choreography of Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky. More than 90 dancers take the stage in extravagant costumes amid spectacular scenery and dazzling special effects. Dolls come to life, mice stage fierce battles with toy soldiers, a Christmas tree grows to the height of the theatre, and Clara, with her charming Nutcracker Prince, travels to the Land of the Sweets in a magical sleigh designed by Dwain Dement of Porsche Racing Team and Vision Motorsports of Laguna Hills.
Wieslaw Dudek, principal dancer with the world-famous Staatsballet Berlin (Berlin State Ballet) Ballet in Germany will dance at all December 8 and 9 performances. Mr. Dudek was born in Poland and trained at the National Ballet School of Lodz prior to winning the 1993 and 1995 Polish Ballet Competitions. He has danced with the Warsaw National Theatre, Theatre Lodz, Stuttgart Ballet and joined Staatsballet in 2004. His choreography was featured at the Stuttgart Festival of Young Choreographers.
The Lil’ Dickens Carolers, costumed in traditional Victorian garb, will entertain pre-show and during intermission at the December 8 evening show. This south county-based group is described as both whimsical and classical, and has been featured at the St. Regis Hotel, Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival’s Winterfest, and numerous local community tree lightings.
More than 3,000 guests viewed last year’s performances, where adorable preschool-age Gingersnaps delighted and entertained family members of all ages. Ballet critics found the technical mastery of the advanced dancers “exceptional” and “unsurpassed in California.” That could be due to the award-winning classical academy founded five years ago by the Kasatskys, where more than 50 career minded dancers train in the Russian tradition.
Young audience members will have the chance to be photographed with ornately costumed cast members while a holiday boutique and bountiful refreshment tents keep holiday spirits soaring!