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PRESS: Young stars announced for CAPE TOWN CITY BALLET’s THE NUTCRACKER

Christine Skinner

 

The young stars for Cape Town City Ballet’s production of THE NUTCRACKER have been announced!

What would the festive season be without this magical, enchanting Christmas tale of The Nutcracker Prince, Clara, her brother Fritz and the Mouse King!


More than 300 children attended auditions, with a total of 120 gaining the opportunity to dance in the production. Forty children at each performance will delight audiences as they perform alongside the Company.

 

Nationwide auditions were held for the roles of Clara and Fritz, with a final six girls selected to dance the role of Clara and four boys for the role of Fritz.

 

Fun for all the family, THE NUTCRACKER is produced by ballet doyenne Veronica Paeper,  and will be presented for a limited season from 7 to 23 December at Artscape in the Opera House.

 

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of the premiere of this charming ballet story, the dynamic dancers of Cape Town City Ballet will be accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) under the baton of Brandon Phillips at select performances.

 

We were inspired by the level of talent and infectious enthusiasm of the children that auditioned,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet.It was wonderful to take the search nationwide and provide the opportunity for young dancers from across the country to perform on the Artscape stage. The professionalism and commitment of these rising artists has also been impressive. It  is a pleasure to work with them.

 

The final performance on Friday 23 December is going to be particularly special, when old and young kids alike can enjoy the Children’s Parade after the show, take pictures with the characters on stage and receive a sweet treat. The perfect send-off into the festive season!” 

 

The dancers performing the role of Clara are: Gia Lipschitz, Maseroka Mothiba and Isabella Godinho who are all from Gauteng, as well as Victoria Toweel from Kwa-Zulu Natal and Kai Damon and Lila Numanoglu, who are both from the Western Cape.


Performing the role of Fritz are: Israel Neethling from Kwa-Zulu Natal and, from the Western Cape, Jannes Emmerich, Jayden Lewis and Thomas La Grange.

An updated cast list has also been released.

The revised full cast schedule is:


Wednesday 7 December at 19h30 (accompanied by CPO)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Kirstel Paterson

Nutcracker Prince: Lêusson Muniz

Queen of the Snow: Hannah Ward

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara: Lila Numanoglu   

Fritz: Jannes Emmerich

 

Thursday 8 December at 19h30 (accompanied by CPO)

Sugar Plum Fairy Léane Theunissen

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Kirstel Paterson

Drosselmeyer: Axton Green

Clara: Isabella Godinho

Fritz: Jayden Lewis

 

Friday 9 December at 19h30 (accompanied by CPO)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Hannah Ward

Nutcracker Prince: Quinton Jacobs

Queen of the Snow: Léane Theunissen

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara: Kai Damon

Fritz: Thomas La Grange

 

Saturday 10 December at 15h00 (accompanied by CPO)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Chanté Daniels

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Mikayla Isaacs

Drosselmeyer: Nicolas Laubscher

Clara: Gia Lipschitz

Fritz: Jannes Emmerich

 

Saturday 10 December at 19h30 (accompanied by CPO)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Kirstel Paterson

Nutcracker Prince: Lêusson Muniz

Queen of the Snow: Hannah Ward

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara: Maseroka Mothiba

Fritz: Jayden Lewis

 

Sunday 11 December at 15h00 (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Chanté Daniels

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Mikayla Isaacs

Drosselmeyer: Nicolas Laubscher

Clara: Kai Damon               

Fritz: Thomas La Grange

 

Sunday 11 December at 18h00 (accompanied by CPO)

Sugar Plum Fairy Léane Theunissen

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Kirstel Paterson

Drosselmeyer: Axton Green

Clara: Victoria Toweel          

Fritz: Jannes Emmerich


Tuesday 13 December at 19h30 (accompanied by CPO)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Hannah Ward

Nutcracker Prince: Quinton Jacobs

Queen of the Snow: Léane Theunissen

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara; Gia Lipschitz

Fritz: Israel Neethling

 

Wednesday 14 December at 19h30  (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Hannah Ward Nutcracker Prince: Quinton Jacobs

Queen of the Snow: Léane Theunissen

Drosselmeyer: Nicolas Laubscher

Clara: Maseroka Mothiba      

Fritz: Jayden Lewis

 

Thursday 15 December at 19h30 (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Kirstel Paterson

Nutcracker Prince: Lêusson Muniz

Queen of the Snow: Hannah Ward

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara: Lila Numanoglu                       

Fritz: Jannes Emmerich

 

Friday 16 December at 19h30 (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy Léane Theunissen

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Kirstel Paterson

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara: Isabella Godinho         

Fritz: Israel Neethling

 

Saturday 17 December at 15h00 (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Chanté Daniels

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Mikayla Isaacs

Drosselmeyer:  Nicolas Laubscher

Clara: Victoria Toweel                       

Fritz: Jayden Lewis

 

Saturday 17 December at 19h30 (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Hannah Ward   Nutcracker Prince: Quinton Jacobs

Queen of the Snow: Léane Theunissen

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara: Maseroka Mothiba                   Fritz: Israel Neethling

 

Sunday 18 December at 15h00 (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Kirstel Paterson

Nutcracker Prince: Lêusson Muniz

Queen of the Snow: Hannah Ward

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara: Gia Lipschitz                             Fritz: Thomas La Grange

 

Tuesday 20 December at 19h30  (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Chanté Daniels

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Mikayla Isaacs

Drosselmeyer: Nicolas Laubscher

Clara: Isabella Godinho       

Fritz: Jayden Lewis

 

Wednesday 21 December at 19h30 – (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy Léane Theunissen

Nutcracker Prince: Kyle Baird

Queen of the Snow: Kirstel Paterson

Drosselmeyer:  Axton Green

Clara:  Victoria Toweel                        Fritz: Jannes Emmerich

 

Thursday 22 December at 19h30 (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Kirstel Paterson

Nutcracker Prince: Lêusson Muniz

Queen of the Snow: Hannah Ward

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara:  Kai Damon                  

Fritz: Thomas La Grange


Friday 23 December at 15h00 (Children’s Parade – Take pictures with the characters on stage and receive a sweet treat!) (to recorded music)

Sugar Plum Fairy: Hannah Ward

Nutcracker Prince: Quinton Jacobs

Queen of the Snow: Léane Theunissen

Drosselmeyer: Marcel Meyer

Clara:  Lila Numanoglu

Fritz: Israel Neethling

 

CAST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

 

For THE NUTCRACKER, Veronica Paeper once again teams up with her long-standing collaborator Peter Cazalet for Set and Costume Design, assisted by Set and Costume consultant Michael Mitchell. Acclaimed designer Wilhelm Disbergen  is responsible for Lighting Design.

 

Performed to enchanting music by  Tchaikovsky, with libretto by  Marius Petipa, adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, choreography is by Pamela Chrimes and David Poole after Lev Ivanov.

 

THE NUTCRACKER  will be presented at Artscape in the Opera House from 7 to 23 December.

 

Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 or through Computicket: Https://tickets.computicket.com/event/the_nutcracker/6993526

 

Tickets cost:

  • R200 to R495 for performances accompanied by Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • R175 to R350 for evening performances to recorded music.

  • R175 to R300 for matinee performances to recorded music.

 

Pensioners tickets can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only at R30 discount per ticket.


Block bookings (ten or more) can be purchased from Artscape Box Office only at R30 discount per ticket.

 

The production is suitable for 4 years and over.

 

Cape Town City Ballet is grateful for the support of all sponsors including the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, The Christian Ludolph Marais Trust, Food Lovers Market, Erica Manning for the Cape Town City Ballet Endowment Trust and the Friends of Cape Town City Ballet.   

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