Two versions of The Nutcracker will be streaming online this holiday season, brought to us by Ballet Manila and the Philippine Ballet Theatre.
Ballet Manila’s production, which started streaming last December 21 at the company’s YouTube channel, stars the company’s Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The 2013 show is the last ballet in Macuja-Elizalde’s Swan Song Series, her 3-year retirement plan where she performed some of the most iconic roles in classical ballet for the last time.
The streaming production was filmed from the November 29, 2013, 7:30pm show, which was staged at the Aliw Theater. Also featured in the cast are Rudy De Dios (Nutcracker Prince), Michelle Elizalde (Little Masha), Alvin Santos (Fritz), Marcus Tolentino (Drosselmeyer), Roduardo Ma (Harlequin Doll), Mylene Aggabao-Salgado (Columbine and Chinese), Michael Divinagracia (Moor), Abigail Oliveiro (Lead Parent and Lead Snowflake), Repado Marino (Lead Parent), Harold Salgado (King Rat and Arabian), Honyoung Yang (Lead Snowflake), Jan Erika Basilio and Francis Cascaño (Spanish), Joan Sia (Arabian), Gerardo Francisco (Chinese), Dawna Mangahas, Marika Capati, and Francis Jaena (Russian), Jessa Balote, Rissa May Camaclang, and Alvin Santos (Pas de Trois), and Sofia Sangco-Peralta, Elpidio Magat, Tiffany Chiang, Romeo Peralta, Hyo-Bi Lee, Alfren Salgado, Jun Won Shin, and Manny Febra (Rose Waltz Leads).
The music is by Peter Tchaikovsky, with choreography by Vassily Vainonen and restaging by Osias Barroso, Eileen Lopez, and Jonathan Janolo, featuring the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Vikulov.
Ballet Manila’s The Nutcracker will be available to view until January 3, 2021 at 6pm. You can watch the full production below.
You can buy tickets to the production HERE.