Ballet West gave ticket buyers a wonderful Christmas gift today. In addition to superb dancing today’s performance was a “Nutty Nutcracker”. From in front of the main curtain Adam Sklute warned the audience that there would be occasional surprises, most of them subtle some not so subtle. Ballet West artists, orchestra members and stage/prop/wardrobe crew had a blast and the audience approved! We can’t wait until next year!
Some backstage, performance and post performance pictures for you:
Beau Pearson as Waldo and Peggy Dolkas as a Mirliton with an oversized hat.
Jennifer Robinson as a violin playing Mirliton, Christopher Sellars as an out of shape Russian dancers and Aaron Orlowski whipping him into shape.
Robert Goodman watches Jason Chinea as the Nutcracker Prince who judges Act II Divertissement and Silver Barkes was a Bumble Bee in the Waltz of the Flowers.
There were three Sugar Plum Fairies – Annie Brenemen, Katherine Lawrence, Christiana Bennett- and three Cavaliers. Maestro Kern had the best intermission ever!
The audience instantly lept to their feet!
Christopher Sellars, Romi Beppu and guest artist Reyneris Reyes. The Fenz Beauties!
Jennifer Robinson, Aimee Dunsmore with Trixie, and Jaqueline Straughan. Allison DeBona with her sweetheart Jonathan Gupta.
Christopher Sellars and Heather Thackeray. Kate Crews and Linsey Reece.
Artistic Director Adam Sklute with his Dad John. Ballet West II Artist Whitney Huell.
Zoe, daughter of Bruce Caldwell and a future Sugar Plum Fairy!