‘Nutcracker’ making its way to MaumeeWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For renowned choreographer Nigel Burgoine, Tchaikovsky’s magical fairy tale is more than a holiday tradition — it is the stuff dreams are made of. Burgoine will once again help spread the wonder of the season to children of all ages when “The Nutcracker” makes its way to the Maumee Performing Arts Center for two performances on Dec. 1 and 2.
More than 100 children will be featured as dancers in the production, including members of the Cincinnati Ballet. The production will also include music from the Toledo Symphony and a choir of students from the Toledo School for the Arts. There will be a raffle held in the lobby; prizes include a nutcracker that stands more than 4 feet tall.
“There is definitely something new to be learned from this piece every time you come back to it; there are always ways you can improve,” Burgoine said. “One of the benefits of having worked with several of my dancers for a few years is that they have gotten stronger, allowing me to make the production more technically demanding. The hard part of the production is finding fathers that are willing to dance in the party scene.”
Burgoine is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School and former principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet.
He is a founder and member of the London Festival Ballet Education Team, past director of the British Ballet Organization and past artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet. For 10 years he served as the artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Toledo. He has a stand-alone building with brand-new state-of-the-art studios and more than 150 registered students.
“While this piece is so much fun for children, I think one of the things that parents see if they happen to attend one of our classes is how much hard work their children really do put into everything that they do,” Burgoine said.
Burgoine said one of the reasons why audiences seem to come back to “Nutcracker” year after year is “the whole dream-like quality of the piece, children dream a lot, especially about gifts, and so it really just goes along with the season of giving.”
Tickets for “Nutcracker” are $16, $26 and $36. Both shows are 2 p.m. matinees. For more information, call (419) 861-0895 or visit www.ballettheatreoftoledo.org.