West Hawaii Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting The Nutcracker Ballet at the Kahilu Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, with two shows at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. For tickets and more info, call (808) 885-6868 or visit https://kahilutheatre.org/. The event will also be live-streamed on Kahilu TV.
The Nutcracker Ballet combines the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the charming, old-world fairy tale based on the original E.T.A. Hoffman story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice.
This visually stunning, family-friendly production includes more than 30 local dancers, returning WHDT alumni, and guest professional dancers. Re-imagined by West Hawaii Dance Theatre’s Founder, Artistic Director Virginia Holte, and choreographed by Special Guest Timour Bourtasenkov, the narrated production creates a magical experience that is sure to uplift your spirit.
Guest Professional dancers are from American Ballet Theatre. Katherine Williams has island ties. Born in Honolulu, Katherine moved to Maryland to pursue her dream. Jose Sebastian is a native of New York and has been a member of ABT since 2009.
Choreographer and frequent WHDT guest Timour Bourasenkov, brings a wealth of experience to the Big Island. Besides re-choreographing the production to comply with COVID distancing restrictions, Mr. Bourtasenkov will appear as Herr Drosselmeyer, creating magic everywhere he goes.
The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, who is given a magical Nutcracker Doll on Christmas Eve by her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer. Adventure awaits as she and her transformed Nutcracker Prince battle the frightful Rat King before embarking on a journey through the Land of the Snow.
With the help of the delicate Sugarplum Fairy, Clara and her prince travel to the Land of the Sweets, where an Arabian princess entertains them, spicy Spanish dancers, giggling Chinese dancers, delightful marzipan, and beautiful waltzing flowers.
Event: The Nutcracker Ballet
Where: Kahilu Theatre, Waimea
When: Two shows – Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, noon and 3 p.m.
In-person tickets: $65/$35 available here.
On-demand tickets: $19.99 available at Kahilu TV.
More info: Limited in-person seating is available for both performances. The 3:00 pm performance will be live-streamed on Kahilu.TV.
WHDT is a Non-Profit Educational Arts organization under IRS Code 501 (c)(3). It is supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts American Rescue Plan (ARP) Recovery Grant, Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, Ironman Foundation, Macy’s, Valerie Cartwright & Richard Olazaba, and our local businesses and families. Founded in 1989, its mission is to educate the public in dance and other art forms in an environment of cultural excellence.
Photos: Steve Roby