2012 Holiday Season Opens with the Classic Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ by the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka – Yahoo! Voices – voices.yahoo.com
Topeka, KS (December 1, 2012) – The Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka opened the holiday season on December 1, 2012 with a full flavored production of the Tchaikovsky ballet “The Nutcracker.” Cast with internationally regarded professionals and featured performers from the Kansas Ballet Academy as well as other local and regional dance studios, audience members were treated to an exceptional experience. The production runs December 1st and 2nd at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
More than 60 local children from several area dance schools perform alongside seasoned professionals, accompanied by The Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra led by international Master Conductor Dr. Leon Burke, III, during this two-day run.
Professional guest dancers include Selahattin Erkan from Cincinnati Ballet and husband and wife team Aaron Orlowski and Katherine Lawrence from Salt Lake City, UT. Ms. Lawrence is a Principal Dancer with Ballet West and recently appeared on the CW‘s summer reality TV show “Breaking Pointe.”
Presentation score 4/5
While it has been quite some time since I have attended a live ballet performance, I along with hundreds of other audience members were treated to a thrilling, colorful and well executed performance. Dazzling costuming, light show design and set creation, combined with the skillful and energetic performances of the dancers, supercharged an already highly electric atmosphere as we witnessed an absolutely amazing production of the timeless classic ballet. This performance was the premier production of the newly rejuvenated Topeka Metropolitan Ballet.
This year’s production was directed by Stephanie Heston and Alexander Smirnov, owners of the Kansas Ballet Academy who combined, bring more than 35 years of experience as professional ballet dancers, choreographers, instructors and directors. The team have performed in over 20 states and fifteen countries.
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