Providence Ballet Providence
The Nutcracker
Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street
Providence RI
December 12 to 14, 2003
Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 PM
Prices: $17.50 to $52.50*
PPAC Box Office 401-421-2997
Group discounts: 401-421-2997x3162
Ticketmaster: 401-331-2211
* $5.00 off on Friday Tickets!
Also student half price rush tickets one hour before curtain
ID required


Festival Ballet Providence has the Perfect Christmas Present for your special someone - A Nutcracker Charm Bracelet. It comes in two different styles and in its own Festival Ballet gift bag. You can see and purchase the bracelet at FB's studio or at FB's WEBSITE (website photo doesn't do it justice)
Providence's own Mayor Cicilline will be performing in FB's Nutcracker at the evening performance on December 13. Read more about this at riDance's DANCE COMPANY NEWS
Addicted to the Nutcracker?
The Providence Phoenix's Jeffrey Gantz has written an online review of NUTCRACKER VIDEOS. Pick one (or two) and watch them during the rest of the year.


Presents The Nutcracker

Festival Ballet Providence celebrates the holiday season with its annual favorite, The Nutcracker. Five performances will take place in the opulent Providence Performing Arts Center December 12 to 14, 2003

Ticket sales are already brisk for this magical production by one of New England's leading dance companies. This story ballet follows a young girl, Clara, whose gift of a Nutcracker doll from her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer leads her from a joyous family Christmas party complete with dancing dolls and a tree that grows 30 feet in height, to a midnight battle pitting a battalion life-size toy soldiers against gigantic mice lead by the Mouse Queen. Protected by her gallant Nutcracker, Clara survives the ordeal, finding her Nutcracker doll has been transformed into a human. He leads her through a snowstorm of dancing snowflakes to the delectable Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier reign over a colorful troupe of dancers from round the world. They celebrate the victory over the Mouse Queen with brilliant dances that culminates in a grand finale.

Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Misha Djuric is excited for audiences to see this year's production of The Nutcracker. He noted "After great reviews, standing ovations for all three performances and audience acclaim for our October production of Carmen, the company is in fine form, and ready to present an unforgettable production of The Nutcracker. Our new dancers should add even more sparkle to what is already a stunning production. Since The Nutcracker is often an audience member's first exposure to ballet, we do what we can to make the experience extra special." The production also distinguishes itself with over 100 talented young dancers from throughout the region, who auditioned for roles such as Angels, Party Children, Candy Dolls, Mice, Soldiers and Russian dancers.

Sponsors: Festival Ballet Providence's 2003 production of The Nutcracker is sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsor Sovereign Bank, Swarovski, David Yurman, Providence Diamond, Stern-Leach, C & J Jewelry, Armbrust International, season television sponsor NBC10, ClearChannel Communications, the Providence Phoenix and ongoing support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Festival Ballet Providence will also be offering Clara's Tea on Sunday December 14th from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Federal Reserve Restaurant, 60 Dorrance Street, Providence, prior to the 1:00 matinee performance. This holiday-themed meal is complete with holiday decorations, dozens of Nutcrackers adorning the holiday-themed dining room, tea sandwiches, pastries, tea and coffee. This event makes the visit to the Kingdom of Sweets even more special. Tickets for Clara's Tea are $25.00 including tax and tip.

Festival Ballet Providence will also be serving up Dinner with Drosselmeyer, a scrumptious holiday buffet at Federal Reserve Restaurant, Sunday December 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This meal consists of a variety of salads, carving stations, seasonal vegetables and desserts, with coffee and tea. The pricing for this dinner is $25 for children, and $50 for adults, including tax and tip.

To reserve seating for Clara's Tea or Dinner with Drosselmeyer, call Festival Ballet Providence, 401.353.1129. Reservations and full payment must be received by December 11, 2003.

Festival Ballet Providence also offers two additional performances of The Nutcracker as part of its Discover Dance program, specifically marketed to school groups, nursing and retirement groups, and social service agencies. These school day performances take place at 10 am December 12 and December 15. These performances provide invaluable exposure to over 5,000 children and seniors annually from throughout the region. Schools and agencies interested in information about this program should contact Festival Ballet Providence, 401.353.1129


Music Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Choreography Mihailo Djuric
Lighting Designer Deborah Sullivan
Stage Manager Jenny Peek
Costumes F. Bromberg, W. Corey, M. Djuric, A. Morsilli, M. Williams
Headpieces accessories: M.Djuric, McPherson Design
Set Design Doug Cumming
Scrim Design Doug Cumming
Executed by Todd Snow (Act I) and Yankee Scenic (Act II)
Technical Director Jeremy Woodward
Set Dresser Michael Getz
Sound Engineer Wayne Johnson

This production is based on the fairy tale by E. T. A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King as retold by Alexander Dumas. The performance lasts approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute intermission.

Act I
Scene 1: The Street
Before the turn of the century, in the German city of Nuremburg, friends and relatives of Judge Silberhaus enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere on the street as they approach the Silberhaus home.
Scene 2: The Party
The guests have arrived at the Silberhaus home on Christmas Eve, for a party in honor of the Silberhaus children, Fritz and Clara. While the parents put final touches on the enormous Christmas tree, the children wait patiently in another room. When everything is ready, the children rush boisterously into the ballroom to join the party. The enormous tree becomes the center of attention as the children wait for Mr. Silberhaus to light the candles. After the tree is lit, the children are given presents from beneath the tree and eagerly begin to play with their toys: dolls, trumpets, snowflake wands and a wooden toy horse. Suddenly, the party is interrupted by the arrival of Fritz and Clara's godfather, the eccentric Herr Drosselmeyer. After charming the children with a story of a beautiful princess who is rescued from a wrathful Mouse Queen by a handsome young prince, Drosselmeyer distracts everyone's attention with some dazzling toys he has made for their amusement. Drosselmeyer's toys - a Harlequin Doll, a pretty Columbine Doll and several Candy Dolls - are exceptionally life-like and perform for all the guests. Drosselmeyer has created a special toy, a Nutcracker in the form of a soldier, for his godchild, Clara. Clara is absolutely delighted and dances to a lullaby. In a fit of peevish jealousy, Fritz snatches the toy from his sister and breaks it. A tearful Clara is consoled by Drosselmeyer who bandages the toy and promises that all will be well. The party resumes and the parents perform a final, traditional party dance before they depart for their own warm beds.

Siobhan Chavarria (Dec12- eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Hadley Eames (Dec 12-am; Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve; Dec 15-am)
Zachary Bareham, (Dec 12-am; Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve; Dec 15-am)
Arthur Rocha (Dec 12-eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Nina Lauro, Sarah Williams
Frau Silberhaus
Beth Reilly
Judge Silberhaus
Frank Campisano
Silberhaus Friend
David N Cicilline (Dec 13pm)
Emily Bromberg, Daniela Debrot, Marissa Gomer, Elizabeth Jessee,
Caitlin Novero, Jennifer Young, Cameron Baldassarra, Brandon Martin,
Gleb Lyamenkoff, Ty Parmenter, Eivar Sair, Davide Vittorino
Clara's Friends
Hannah Pitt, Siobhan Chavarria or Hadley Eames
Amber Brown, Amanda Carlino, Maya Chin, Caitlyn Doucette, Kirsten Evans, Stephanie Geiger, Kara Gentile, Carolyn Impagliazzo, Christina Martinez, Katie Paquin, Emma Rooks, Bianca Sciotti, Hannah Subotnick., Sophia Van Allsburg, Ian Brown, Cavin Conley, Samuel Dufresne, Christopher Fish, Anatoly Impagliazzo, David Lavallee, Hunter Lemoi, Brandon McGuirk, Michael Paquin, Benjamin Sack, Daniel Sack
Herr Drosselmeyer
Piotr Ostaltsov
Columbine Doll
Jennifer Ricci (Dec 12- eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Jennifer Young (Dec 12-am; Dec 13-mat; Dec.14-eve; Dec 15-am)
Harlequin Doll
James Brown
Candy Dolls
Emily Carranza, Jessie Chase-Lubitz, Jacklyn Gagnon, Kara Gentile, Ana Carolina Hoff, Dana Kaspi, Katherine Kelly, Simon Leon, Marianna Martinez, Ellen Oliver, Kelsey Rabbitt, Alexis Robbins, Nicole Sadaniantz

Scene 3: The Dream / Battle Scene
Clara, unable to sleep from all the excitement, remembers she has left her Nutcracker downstairs. Reappearing in the dimly lit room in her nightdress, she retrieves her beloved toy. Drosselmeyer appears from behind the clock as if his magical powers were the controlling force of the fantasy to come. As the clock strikes midnight, the vicious Mouse Queen appears with her army of mice. Drosselmeyer intercedes and transforms Clara's new toy into a life-sized Nutcracker who assembles his troop of soldiers to protect Clara. As the Christmas tree grows, the room is filled with mice and soldiers, and Clara's nightmare takes on gigantic proportions. An exciting battle ensues, and the Nutcracker is mortally wounded. Drosselmeyer magically transforms the Nutcracker into a handsome prince. Her dream moves from nightmare to fantasy as the prince invites Clara to accompany him on a journey to every child's paradise, the Kingdom of Sweets.

Queen of the Mice
Leticia Gurerro (Dec 12- am & eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Karla Kovatch (Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve; Dec 15-am)
The Nutcracker
Ty Parmenter (Dec 12- eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat; Dec 15-am)
Eivar Sair (Dec 12- am; Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve)
Olivia Carr, Charissa DiNobile, Suzanne Fish, Briane Hoey, Aniela Kaczmarzyk, Alexandra Liszewski, Morgan Oldham, Hannah Rogers
Amber Brown, Ashley Lynn Connolly, Alyssa Evans, Kaitlin Healy, Mary Lou Hedberg, Chelsea Johnson, Christina Martinez, Gaby Mock, Katie Paquin, Emily Rendine, Kathleen Salamone, Jessica Scott, Alexa Stuffano, Margaret Walsh

Scene 4: The Dream / Land of Snow
Clara and her prince make their way through a magical Land of Snow on the path to the Kingdom of Sweets. In the glistening, snow-covered forest, she is introduced to the Snow Queen and Snow King as she continues her journey through a whirlwind of swirling snowflakes.

Snow Queen
Heather O'Halloran (Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Jennifer Ricci (Dec 12 am & eve; Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve; Dec 15-am)
Snow King
Gleb Lyamenkoff (Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve; Dec 15- am)
Davide Vittorino (Dec 12-am & eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Lead Snowflakes
Carolyn Dellinger, Beth Petkus (Dec 12 eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Emily Bromberg, Daniela Debrot (Dec 12- am; Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve; Dec 15 am)
Ashley Andries, Emily Bromberg, Daniela Debrot, Carolyn Dellinger, Marissa Gomer, Elizabeth Jessee, Hillary Lopes, Sarah Medeiros, Caitlin Novero, Heather O'Halloran, Beth Petkus, Jessica Whiteley, Jennifer Young


Act II
Scene I: The Kingdom of Sweets
As Clara and the prince meet the angels and enter the Kingdom of Sweets, they are greeted by their hosts, the gracious Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Clara recounts the battle with the Mouse Queen and is placed on a throne surrounded by confections of every land. In honor of Clara's bravery, a grand divertissement of majestic entertainment is presented. Dances from far-away countries are performed: the chocolate dance from Spain, marzipan from France, the tea dance from China, the coffee dance from Arabia, followed by Trepak from Russia. Enthralled by all she has seen, Clara and her Prince join in and dance among the flowers in a beautiful waltz. Her dream culminates as she is lead by all the confections in an exciting finale. Clara awakens with the realization that it has all been a dream, and embraces her Nutcracker, knowing she will never forget this magical Christmas Eve.

Quizia Alves, Caroline Axelrod, Sophie Bolla, Stephanie Cohn, Guilia Conley, Marina Conte, Natasha Conte, Madison Cote, Laura Edwards, Sara Emaus, Hannah Evans, Remy Fischer, Sparoh Gable, Aleia Gardner, Sarah Gelineau, Holly Gildea, Cara Lynn Joyce, Alexandra Keogh, Molly Hannah Kityakara, Breana Lefebvre, Sarah Lavallee, Jessica Magro, Madelyn McCadden, Kelly McDonough, Shannon McGuirk, Megan McNeil, Cecelia Masiello, Jenna Matuszek, Sylvie Mayer, Davon Miller, Alexandra Morris, Sarah O'Grady, Alexandra Ortiz, Mia Palumbo, Meredith Peppes, Jessica Piche, Samantha Rich, Amanda Richards, Katherine Sadaniantz, Katherine Scott, Adina Maria Silva, Ana Stolle, Kathleen Todesco, Eileen Welch
Ashley Andries, Suzanne Fish, Aniela Kaczmarzyk, Nina Lauro, Hillary Lopes, Alexandra Liszewsky, Sarah Medeiros, Hannah Pitt, Jessica Whiteley, Sarah Williams
Sugar Plum Fairy
Carolyn Dellinger (Dec 12-am; Dec 15-am)
Leticia Guerro (Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve)
Karla Kovatch (Dec 12- eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Her Cavalier
Gleb Lyamenkoff (Dec 12- eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Eivar Sair (Dec 12- am; Dec 15-am)
Davide Vittorino (Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve)
Beth Petkus, Marissa Gomer (Dec 12- am & eve; Dec 14-mat)
Daniela Debrot, Emily Bromberg (Dec 13- eve; Dec 14-eve)
Daniela Debrot, Elizabeth Jessie (Dec 13-mat; Dec 15-am)
Ashley Andries, Davide Vittorino, Jessica Whitley (Dec 12-am; Dec 15 am)
Emily Bromberg, Davide Vittorino, Daniela Debrot(Dec 12- eve; Dec 14 mat.)
Jennifer Young, Ty Parmenter, Heather O'Halloran (Dec 13 mat; Dec 15-eve)
Jennifer Young, Davide Vittorino, Heather O'Halloran (Dec 13-eve)
Sarah Medeiros, James Brown (Dec 12-am; Dec.15-am.)
Caitlin Novero, James Brown (Dec 12 - eve; Dec 13-mat & eve; Dec 14-mat & eve)
Jennifer Ricci, Gleb Lyamenkoff (Dec 12- am; Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve; Dec 15-am)
Jennifer Ricci, Eivar Sair (Dec 12 -eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat)
Cameron Baldassarra (Dec 12-eve; Dec 13-eve; Dec 14-mat; Dec15-am)
Brandon Martin (Dec 12-am; Dec 13-mat; Dec 14-eve)
With Charissa DiNobile, Katie Healy, Brianne Hoey, Aniela Kaczmarzyk, Nina Lauro, Alexandra Liszewski, Gaby Mock, Morgan Oldham, Katie Paquin, Hannah Pitt, Hannah Rogers, Kathleen Salamone, Sarah Williams
Dew Drop Fairy
Leticia Guerrero (Dec 12-eve; Dec 13- eve; Dec 14-mat)
Karla Kovatch (Dec 12-am; Dec 13-mat; Dec-14 eve)
Beth Petkus (Dec 15-mat)
Lead Flowers
Jennifer Young, Heather O'Halloran (Dec 12-am & pm; Dec 14- mat; Dec 15-am)
Carolyn Dellinger, Beth Petkus (Dec 13-mat & pm; Dec 14-eve)
Ashely Andreis, Emily Bromberg, Daniela Debrot, Carolyn Dellinger, Marissa Gomer, Elizabeth Jessee, Nina Lauro, Hillary Lopes, Sarah Medeiros, Caitlyn Novero, Jessica Whiteley, Sarah Williams

Entire Company

Casting subject to change


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Photographs by Thomas Nola-Rion
Photogrpahy at top of page is Piotr Ostaltsov as Uncle Drosselmeyer
with the children in 2002 Nutcracker
Photograph on the side is Gleb Lyamenkoff
also from the 2002 Nutcracker
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