Ballet Hawaii | The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker

The Nutcrackerbh2016-nutcracker

A Holiday Tradition with a Hawaiian Twist


Friday, December 15th at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 16th at 2:00pm

Saturday, December 16th at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 17th at 2:00pm

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


Celebrate the Holidays with Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker presented with a unique Hawaiian historical theme. Choreography by Septime Webre with guest artists from New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Carolina Ballet. A lavish Hawaiian themed production accompanied by the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet re-interpreted and set in the 1858 Kingdom of Hawaii.


What better way to celebrate the Holidays than by combining a timeless Nutcracker 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.  It truly is a delight to behold!


The inspiration for this special performance came when the creative team learned that Mary Dominis held a Christmas Eve children’s party at Washington Place in 1858. At the party Hawaii’s first Christmas tree was lit with candles as Saint Nicholas passed out candies and gifts for all.

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, and many others.X



Septime Webre – Choreographer

Ann Krinitsky – Conductor

Design Team

Christine Darch & Kini Zamora & Anne Namba – Costume Design

Holly Highfill – Scenery Design

Gary Flowers – Property Design

Trad A Burns – Lighting Design


Megan Fairchild – Sugar Plum
(courtesy of New York City Ballet)

Joaquin DeLuz – Cavalier
(courtesy of New York City Ballet)

Lesley Rausch – Snow Queen, Dew Drop
(courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Lucien Postlewaite – Snow King, Hawaiian Warrior (Trepak)
(courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Anthony Huxley – Pueo (Soldier Doll), Nutcracker, Chinese Fisherman
(courtesy of New York City Ballet)

Luis Ortiz – Drosselmeyer

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

Richard Krusch – Palace Guard, Saltimbanque Doll, Orchid
(courtesy of Carolina Ballet)

Micki Kolberg – Lydia Paki (Party Mother), Hi’iaka (Arabian)

Batkhurel Bold – David Kalākaua, Lohiau (Arabian)

Timour Bourtasenkov – Consul General Silverhouse

Pam Taylor Tongg – Mary Dominis

John Selya – John Dominis

Carlos Casillas – Grandfather

Regina Ahlgren – The Merry Widow

Derek Daniels – Rat King, Momma Moana

Daphne Hargrove – Elegant Mother

Raven Matsushita – Seafaring Mother, Orchid

Giselle Laurie – Big Family Mother

and the Ballet Hawaii Ensemble

*Cast Subject to Change


A Special Mahalo to Our Sponsors


Season Sponsors

Orchestra Sponsor


Production Sponsors

Rustan and Charlene Tongg

Carolyn Berry Willson