Nutcracker ’09, a traditional version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, will be presented by the Purchase Dance Corps at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center on December 4, 5, 6. More than 200 area children will participate in this elaborately staged production.
Tickets are $52.50, $42.50 and $27.50. To order call the box office at 914-251-6200 or visit www.artscenter.org. Performance times are Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:15 PM; Saturday, December 5 at 2 PM and 7 PM; Sunday December 6 at 1 PM and 5 PM.
This year’s guest artists Julie Diana and Zachary Hench, Principal dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet, star in the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. The couple met while performing as Principal dancers with the San Francisco Ballet. They returned to the East Coast and joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as Principal dancers in 2004. He proposed to her on stage after a performance of Romeo and Juliet.
Another attraction is live performances of Tchaikovsky’s score by the Purchase Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Adelson, the new conductor of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra . He is a composer, writer and educator on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic.
The internationally renowned Purchase Dance Corps is the performing company of the School of the Arts Conservatory of Dance at
The starring role of Clara will be shared by three young women. They are Sarah Better and Lily Cosgrove of
Artistic director for the production is former New York City Ballet soloist and Conservatory of Dance professor Bettijane Sills. She has had an extensive stage career appearing in Broadway productions and performing as a child actress on television. George Balanchine personally invited her to join the New York City Ballet where she was a soloist and principal dancer with the company for many years. Balanchine created roles for her in “Who Cares” and “Jewels.” Choreographer Jerome Robbins also created a role for her in his revival of “The Concert.”
Julie Diana, originally of
Zachary Hench from Loysville, Pennsylvania studied at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, was a student of Bettijane Sills’, and went on to train at the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. He joined the Boston Ballet and rose in the ranks to become a Principal, performing classical and contemporary works. He went on to the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist and was promoted to Principal in 2003.
Michael Adelson has extensive experience, having conducted the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philharmonia Orchestra in
Nutcracker ’09 is based on the classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and is set to music by Peter Tchaikovsky. On a very special Christmas Eve, a young girl receives an unusual gift from her adored grandfather, a little Nutcracker doll. Later that night, she returns to the parlor to cuddle her doll and suddenly finds herself immersed in a world of danger and magic, as her Nutcracker Prince comes alive to battle armies of giant mice and lead her through the snow, into the land of sweets.
Choreographers: Larry Clark, Ted Kivitt, Rosanna Seravalli, Bettijane Sills, Megan Williams, Gayle Young, Stephanie Tooman
Lighting Designer: David Grill
Costume Designers: Christina Giannini, Bryant Hoven,
Set Designer: Hal Tine