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 Post subject: It's that time of year....Nutcracker I
PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2000 7:38 am 
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Lance Gould of the New York Daily News lists some known and little known facts about the Nutcracker.<P> Like how it was poorly recieved. And that Tchaikovsky didn't think it was a good ballet. (I suppose it can get hard writing by the bar, ie; "We need 16 bars of this kind of music.") Tchaikovsky debuted the celeste, the instrument that creates the tinkly music of the sugar plum fairy, in Russia. He learned of it when he was visiting France, and brought it back.<P>Find out more facts. Do you know any that aren't listed here?<BR> <A HREF="http://www.nydailynews.com/2000-11-12/New_York_Now/Theater/a-88059.asp" TARGET=_blank>http://www.nydailynews.com/2000-11-12/New_York_Now/Theater/a-88059.asp</A> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Maggie (edited November 13, 2000).]


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2000 7:42 am 
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the original british production of 'nutcracker' in 1934 starred elsa lanchester the actress in the arabian dance, and richard ellis, who later became a teacher in chicago with his wife christine duboulay, as the little prince.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2000 8:25 pm 
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Thanks for the info, pmeja.<P>Now, are we going to start setting records for the number of Nutcrackers we have to watch this season? Last year, I got away with just two I think (if you don't count Mark Morris' "The Hard Nut"). This year, I've already been "booked" for one...


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2000 1:14 am 
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In a December post-perfromance talk with the Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens several years ago in London, the talk was of the great desire for narrative ballets. One audience member pointed out that you could see 3 Nutcrackers in London that year.' The AD replied with a smile, 'If you'd want to.' <P>Actually I wouildn't mind seing BRB's production, which is meant to be the best of the UK ones. Despite the fact that I made a pledge not to see Derek Deane's disturbingly lecherous Drosselmeyer again, there is the attraction of Durante and Kumakawa on the opening night of ENB's production.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited November 17, 2000).]


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2000 2:50 am 
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Indeed the BRB production is excellent. I am seeing it twice in two days. Sadly we have to go to Manchester this year as the Birmingham Hip-Hip-Hip-Horray-A-Drome is closed; in fact it is a building site. That means no Cracked Nut this year either (boo-hoo).


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2000 3:09 am 
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The Boston Herald lists various local "Nutcracker" productions. <P><A HREF="http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/danc11172000.htm" TARGET=_blank><B> </B>Boston 'Nutcracker' preview</A>


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2000 7:02 am 
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San Diego will have a minimum of 5 Nutcrackers this year - now if they could just put a couple of them together it would be an improvement. <A HREF="http://www.gosandiego.com/results.tmpl" TARGET=_blank>http://www.gosandiego.com/results.tmpl</A> <P>


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2000 2:04 am 
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Image <P>Jenifer Ringer, Principal NYC Ballet<P>The Bergen Record profiles Jenifer Ringer as she rehearses for 'The Nutcracker'. She talks about what the work means to her and also about her re-invention of herself as a ballet dancer after a traumatic period.<BR> <BR><A HREF="http://www.bergen.com/previews/ringer17200011177.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.bergen.com/previews/ringer17200011177.htm</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited November 18, 2000).]


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2000 12:58 pm 
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Here is an interesting production from the Massachusetts Youth Ballet:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B><A HREF="http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/danc11172000.htm" TARGET=_blank>Mixed Nuts: Original choreography woos the `Nutcracker' crowd</A></B><BR>Dance/by Theodore Bale, Boston Herald<P>Nine ladies dancing, 10 lords a-leaping, 11 pipers piping, 12 drummers drumming. ``The Twelve Days of Christmas'' could describe upcoming dance in Greater Boston perfectly, with only a few new verses about hip-hoppers hip-hopping and Jesuit pastors choreographing.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><B><A HREF="http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/danc11172000.htm" TARGET=_blank>The Boston Herald article</A></B><p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited November 18, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: It's that time of year....Nutcracker I
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2000 1:37 pm 
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There is a reason for the Nutcracker. It keeps ballet companies afloat:<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B><A HREF="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/ae/dance/741789" TARGET=_blank>Nutcracker Market keeps ballet dancing</A></B><BR>By SHELBY HODGE, Houston Chronicle <P>The Houston Ballet Guild's 20th anniversary Nutcracker Market, the four-day event that consistently rakes in $1 million net for Houston Ballet, cranks into action today at the Reliant Hall.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><B><A HREF="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/ae/dance/741789" TARGET=_blank>More</A></B>


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2000 3:11 pm 
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Hmm, anyone interested? Stuart? It's well worth a flight from London:<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Looking for an "acting" gig during the holidays?</B><BR>Here is something that is unpaid, without spoken lines, that you may or may not wish to add to your resume!<P>So why would you want to do it?<P>Because it is fun and will give joy to thousands of children and their families.<P><B>Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley</B> needs people with people skills to act as characters from "The Nutcracker" to meet and greet children in the lobby of San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts before each showing of this absolutely FABULOUS production and have their pictures taken with the kids.<P>We need actors to play:<P>The Nutcracker: Masked with a costume that requires a waist no larger than 34-36 and inseam no longer than 33. Jacket is a medium...with a chest size of no larger than 44 and a sleeve no longer than 34. <P>The Mouse King: Masked with medium or small tights (thin male or a female can do this.) With a small or medium jacket.<P>Maria: (The lead) No mask, sweet young girl, extra small dress size<P>Pocket Lady: Call for sizes. This woman wears an apron with dozens of pockets filled with small toys. Children reach in and pull out a surprise to take home.<P>The whole lobby is a wonderland of lights and decorations and choirs singing and marvelous fun. If you would like to be a part of this you will be well awarded with smiles (and complementary tickets to the show!)<P>Call Kim Gregg at (408) 288-2820 extension 217 ASAP<P>We need several people for each character to divide up the schedule. The Nutcracker runs from December 1st through 10th and December 19th through the 28th.<P>Happy Holidays<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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what a lovely idea! go on stuart - you could be the king rat! Image<P>of a lecherous drosselmeyer....<P>anyway, you people MAY be interested to know, that australia normally DOESN'T get into this nutcracker thing at all. there is no nutcracker tradition here.<P>this is probably partly due to the inappropriateness of snowy christmas tree & sleigh type scenes, in our climate.<P>but this year there will be 2 ballet school productions in perth - never happened before. no professional production, though. it HAS happened in 2 previous years (out of the last 10) that we HAVE had a professional nutcracker at christmas. before that, i don't recall but i think not - or if so, not for many years.

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 Post subject: Re: It's that time of year....Nutcracker I
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'Austrlia normally doesn't get into this Nutcracker thing...' Lucky old Australia says Mr Grumpy here. Still, it does keep a lot of companies and dancers afloat.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2000 7:00 am 
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It can be a great way to introduce children (and their parents) to the ballet....and why not?


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Another story that brings home the financial reality:<P><BR><B><A HREF="http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/arts/docs/nutcracker19.htm" TARGET=_blank>`Nutcracker' keeps ballet doors open</A></B><BR>DANCE COMPANIES COUNT ON HOLIDAY SHOWS FOR A BIG CHUNK OF THEIR ANNUAL BUDGETS<BR>BY ANITA AMIRREZVANI, San Jose Mercury News


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