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 Post subject: Northern Ballet Theatre 2009-10
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:12 pm 

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Donald Hutera reviews the NBT 40th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the Grand Theatre in Leeds. Among the guest artists mentioned is former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Noelani Pantastico, now with Ballet de Monte Carlo, performing Jean-Christophe Maillot's balcony scene from "Romeo et Juliette."

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 Post subject: Re: Northern Ballet Theatre 2009-10
PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:32 am 

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The gala was a terrific evening and a great way to round off the year of celebrations. NBT's dancers gave us some real treats with new choreography by Gillian Lynne and David Nixon and Victoria Sibson was sensational in Wayne Magregor's quirky solo, Ossein. We had some super performances from the invited guests too.

On 5th December we had a truly magical evening in the theatre with an "Alumni" performance of A Christmas Carol. When it was first announced I had assumed that the alumni would join in on the crowd scenes but a number of the original cast and other notable interpreters took the leading roles. Oh how we cheered as our old favourites came onto the stage from the incomparable Jeremy Kerridge's first appearance as Scrooge at Marley's funeral. It was fantastic to see William Walker as Bob Cratchitt with Polly Benge as his wife, Omar Gordon and Shannon (Lilley) Parker as Young Scrooge and Belle and Fiona (Wallis) Beale and Matthew (Adam Temple) Hunt as the hilarious Fezziwigs. Other alumni and current company members played all the crowd scenes. During the final carols at the end, the stage filled with more and more of the old dancers; a friend estimated over 100 people on the stage by the end.

It was a truly memorable evening and shows what a wonderful family NBT is.

Roll on the next 40 years!

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