Dec. 13 and 14
Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center
Regularly priced tickets are $20.50-$65.50
Tampa, Fla. — The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts’ Next Generation Ballet presents Nutcracker in Carol Morsani Hall on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.
Miguel Anaya and Maki Onuki of The Washington Ballet (TWB) and the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet (NGB) will perform with a cast of nearly 175 dancers, gymnasts and other guest artists. Anaya will dance the role of Sugar Plum Cavalier and Onuki will portray the Sugar Plum Fairy. New to the show this year, snow will magically fall on the audience as well as on stage.
Choreographed by NGB Artistic Director Peter Stark, this production has “marvelous” costumes “with inventive, whimsical touches.” (Tampa Bay Times) From the moment the lights dim, audiences are transported to a magical place filled with marching toy soldiers, a growing Christmas tree, giant mice and crystalline waltzing snowflakes. “This Nutcracker is a standout among many.” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Anaya, from Havana, Cuba, trained at the Alfonso Perez Isaac School and National Ballet School of Cuba, where he graduated in 2012. That year, he won the Grand Prix National Competicion in Cuba, and performed as a soloist with Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Alicia Alonso. Anaya’s major roles include Basilio in don Quixote, the prince in The Nutcracker, Franz in Coppélia and a principal in Flames of Paris.
Onuki, of Kanagawa, Japan, is in her 10th season with TWB, after one season with The Studio Company. Prior to that, she danced with Goh Ballet in Canada under Choo Chiat Goh and Lin Yee Goh. She trained at John Cranko Ballet School and at Mika Sasaki Ballet Academy. Onuki has received numerous awards including the 2010 bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and a MetroDC Dance Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for Wunderland in 2011 and a gold medal at VKIBC competition this year.
The production is designed (sets, props and costumes) by Thom J. Peterson. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., Peterson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the Yale School of Drama. He is a professor emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University where he taught and designed for more than 30 years. As a designer, Peterson has worked with, among many others, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut Ballet and Omaha Theatre Ballet.
A stepping stone for great dance talent, NGB prepares dancers for professional employment through instruction, coaching and performance opportunities. The company is committed to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young dancers. Performers in NGB have been awarded scholarship opportunities at the leading ballet schools worldwide including the Royal Ballet School of England and The School of American Ballet. Students have also received employment with ballet companies including Dutch National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Hamburg Ballet and have placed first in competitions including Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition.
Pre-show and intermission activities will include family photos with Santa Clause and live caroling.
Regularly priced tickets for the Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. performances of Nutcracker are $20.50-$65.50 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. For more information about the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit the Straz Center’s website at www.strazcenter.org.
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