A Magical Transformation…in The Nutcracker @ Dorothy Chandler

For those who can never get a full “fix” of holiday music and dance, Christmas luckily comes early at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, performed by the Miami City Ballet. The familiar (exquisite) Tchaikovsky score , combined with the little girl Clara (Mia Niebrugge) and younger brother Fred (Dominick Scherer) and the ensemble of colorful dancers, including angels; toy soldiers; candy canes; sugar plum fairy and the nutcracker, larger than life, makes this performance the quintessential magical holiday treat. Each dance and musical number portrays a message of hope, creative imagination, and the very real possibility that dreams really do come true. With its glittery set, colorful (mostly pastel) costumes and tutus,(beautifully designed by Isabel Toledo), and fairy tale transformation on stage, (set design, Ruben Toledo), the Nutcracker is the perfect holiday staple and a must see this season. The Miami City Ballet, accompanied by the Colburn School Student Dancers, stay loyal to the story, replete with dancing snowflakes, amidst the backdrop of a giant glimmering Christmas tree. A quite nice addition was the opening scene, with a storybook slideshow media presentation, as a prelude to the magical story about to unfold. The dancers paint a picture perfect image of a party we’re all invited to, with the most magical part being the chance to see it through the young children’s perspective and wide eyed innocence. Of particular note is Nathalia Arja, who dazzles as the Sugar Plum Fairy, alongside her cavalier, Rainer Krenstetter. Truly, every dancer in this production is gorgeous, with fluttery movements and superb choreography. Every scene of “The Nutcracker “ is sure to cast a powerful spell and a definite winner to escape the ‘holiday blues.’


About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
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