Ballet Hawaii | 2016-2017 Season
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2016-2017 Season

The Nutcrackerbh2016-nutcracker

A Holiday Tradition with a Hawaiian Twist


Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 18th at 2:00 pm

at the Blaisdell Concert Hall


Tickets available by phone: 800-745-3000 at the Blaisdell Box Office (open Monday – Saturday 9:00 to 5:00) or online at


Opening Night VIP Dinner: Get your tickets and join us on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm for dinner at Chai’s Bistro before the performance – more details here.


To celebrate its 40th Anniversary Season, Ballet Hawaii is producing an all new Nutcracker with an unprecedented historical theme. Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will be re-interpreted and set in the 1858 Kingdom of Hawai’i.


What better way to celebrate Ballet Hawaii’s milestone celebration than by combining timelessNutcracker with the grandeur and elegance of the Hawaiian monarchy. Audiences can anticipate all the traditional holiday dance performances but with historical characterizations of Washington Place resident Mary Dominis and Hawaii’s beloved Queen Lili’uokalani. In this production, the flowers are Crown, Hibiscus and Plumeria. The birds are I’iwi and new island animal performers are introduced, such as the Honu (sacred Hawaiian Turtle). The toy soldier uniforms are patterned after those of the Royal Guard and the famous waltz of the snowflakes takes place high upon the slopes of Mauna Kea. A customized production of this quality would not be possible without the support of such sponsors as Starwood Hotels & Resorts Waikiki, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Cades Foundation, United Airlines and many others.


The idea of a Nutcracker performance set in the Hawaiian Kingdom came when the creative team learned that Mary Dominis held a Christmas Eve children’s party at Washington Place in 1858. With a celebration of bless, Hawaii’s first Christmas tree was lit with candles as Saint Nicholas passed out candies and gifts for all.


Septime Webre – Choreographer

Ann Krinitsky – Conductor

Design Team

Christine Darch & Kini Zamora – Costume Design

Holly Highfill – Scenery Design

Gary Flowers – Property Design

Trad A. Burns – Lighting Design


Megan Fairchild – Sugar Plum

Joaquin DeLuz – Cavalier

Ana Sophia Scheller – Snow Queen, Dew Drop

Nicolai Gorodiskil – Snow King, Hawaiian Warrior (Trepak)

Robert Fairchild – Lohia (Arabian), Pueo (Soldier Doll)

John Selya – Drosselmeyer

Margaret Severin-Hansen – Hibiscus Doll (Colombine), I’iwi Bird (Marzipan)

Alison Walsh – Hi’iakai (Arabian)

Timour Bourtasenkov – Main Father

Richard Krusch – Palace Guard (Harlequin Doll), Spanish

Micki Kohlberg – Spanish, Lidia Paki (Party Mother)

Pam Taylor-Tongg – Mary Dominis

Derek Daniels – Rat King, Mother Moana

Connor Chu – John Owen Dominis, Rat, Pōpoki Cat (Marzipan)

Hunter Baehrens – David Kalākaua, Chinese Fisherman

Daphne Hargrove – Elegant Mother

Giselle Laurie – Big Family Mother

*Cast Subjet to Change


A Special Mahalo to Our Sponsors


Season Sponsors

Guest Artists Sponsor


Orchestra Sponsor



Transportation Sponsor


Production Sponsors

Rustan and Charlene Tongg

Carolyn Berry Willson

T. Oki Trading