Good Morning! I just looked out my window to find the kind of winter wonderland for which Salt Lake City is famous!
But this kind of weather does not deter the Utah public from getting to the Capitol. I’m sure todays matinee will be packed as usual.
When Ballet West is running Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre, the party scene is not the only place that displays a lot of hustle and bustle! Below are some pix from last night.
The Capitol Theatre Marquise and Ballet West 2 member Kaleigh Schock at the Coat Drive table.
BW Artist Beau Pearson and BW Soloist Kate Crews donate their time to the Coat Drive table.
A local choir performs for the public in our mezzanine and a little girl responds in the main lobby.
BW Apprentice Rex Tilton and BW Demi Soloist Christopher Sellars ‘get into character’ before Act II.
And last but not least BW Principal Artist Romi Beppu and Guest Artist Gregor Hatala, courtesy of Vienna State Opera Ballet pose post performance especially for the Ballet West Blog!
Gregor will be with us for three more shows next week so don’t miss this rare opportunity.
Please welcome guest conductor David LeMarche.
Below is a portion from one of his recent interviews.
“I started playing piano at age ten, where I grew up, in Westerly, RI. My teacher was Florence Soloveitzik. Later, at Boston University, where I got a degree in music and piano, I also studied French and German. At Boston University, I met Ralph Gomberg, who played the oboe for the Boston Symphony, and his brother, Harold Gomberg played the oboe for the New York Philharmonic. After some time in San Francisco, I moved back to New York in 1983 and worked as a solo pianist and then, for fifteen years, as pianist and Conductor for the Dance Theatre of Harlem (1983-1996). I free-lanced under Gerald Arpino for the Joffrey Ballet, when they were in New York, and I also worked in cabaret, like the Club, “Don’t Tell Mama”. In 1998, American Ballet Theatre needed a rehearsal pianist, and soon I was appointed Conductor.”
Please welcome Gregor Hatala!
Gregor Hatala arrived in Salt Lake City yesterday from the Vienna to dance with Ballet West in THE NUTCRACKER. He will partner Ballet West Principal Artist Romi Beppu in the Grand Pas de Deux from Act II.
Mr. Hatala is currently a Principal Artist with Vienna State Opera Ballet but he has also been a soloist with Boston Ballet and has been a guest artist with the Hungarian National Ballet and the Slovakian National Ballet.
So make sure you get your tickets for this rare opportunity before they’re gone!
Just in case you’ve not yet bought your tickets to see Ballet West’s spectacular NUTCRACKER, I’m posting some iPhone pix to entice you! Also, don’t forget to bring a new or gently worn coat or blanket for our “Coat Drive”. You may find a picture of yourself donating on this very blog!
Ballet West performs the very first full length version of Nutcracker to be presented in the United States and this year we have restored the original opening of Act 2!
Photos above feature the incredible Artists of Ballet West and the enchanting Children’s Cast in sumptuous costumes designed by David Heuvel.
“The Nutcracker”: A Utah Holiday Tradition Begins
A holiday tradition begins next weekend: Ballet West will put on its 53rd production of “The Nutcracker.” The first production of the “The Nutcracker” was choreographed by Ballet West’s founder, William Christensen.” Since that first staging, every …
The Nutcracker Kids — Part 1
Every Christmas season five to six hundred children audition for Utah’s Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker.” Many of these children put long hours into dance practice; and the decision to dance, audition, and finally making into the ballet production is a …
The Nutcracker Kids — Part 2
Many young women dream of someday starring as Clara in “The Nutcracker.” That is because Clara dreams the nutcracker prince and his battle with the Mouse King. Four girls eventually get to the share the role in the production; but they, like other kids …
The Ballet West dancers will be hosting a blanket and coat drive during this season of The Nutcracker. In these hard economic times, we feel that it is very important to give back to the Salt Lake community that has supported us for so many years. Dancers from the company will be in the lobby of the Capitol Theatre for the hour before every Nutcracker performance to accept gently used coats and blankets. All items will be donated to local shelters and organizations such as the YWCA and the Road Home. This is a chance for patrons to donate to charity and to meet Ballet West dancers. Your generous gift may even be rewarded with an autographed Ballet West poster. This is a project that we hope will become a Ballet West Nutcracker tradition, so please help to make it a success.
Today was the first of three ‘Special Needs Performances’ that Ballet West gives to the Utah.
Peter Christie has been taking reservations since September and the house was full today!
Utah Public and Charter Schools and Utah School for the Deaf and Blind were in attendance today. They saw the complete Nutcracker accompanied by the Ballet West Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Terence Kern.
And just when everyone thought it couldn’t get any better, Santa Claus himself graced the stage and drove Clara’s sleigh home!
We just completed three Nutcracker performances in Ogden and will open this Friday (December 5) at the Capitol Theatre.
Here are some pictures of Bruce Caldwell preparing Mother Buffoon and her little Buffoons in Ogden.
Bruce and Cory prepare and teach the children how to work with Mother Buffoon.
Mother Buffoon’s Wig and Bruce Caldwell with the little Buffoons.
There’s a lot new to Nutcracker this year. Make sure you get your tickets soon!
Company and Children’s Nutcracker casts converged today. With Bruce Caldwell and Adam Sklute at the helm all ran very smoothly.
Jennifer Robinson and Jason Chinea Peter Christie with The Children’s Cast
Members of the Nutcracker Children’s Cast
Kira Smith as The Doll Jason Chinea and The Troops
Christopher Anderson as The Mouse King with Rex Tilton and Members of Ballet West
Jason Chinea and Clara
We love when children draw what they saw at the ballet and send their drawings to us.
Below is a drawing of Ariel and Shakespeare from THE TEMPEST done by a 5th grader at Ridgecrest Elementary School.