Party Girls and Boys
Conejo Civic Ballet Company's Nutcracker 2005 production was performed December 4, 2005 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The music for the ballet is of course by Peter Tchaikovsky and his timeless score was choreographed by John Ling for the 2003 performance. Mr. Ling has danced, choreographed and taught extensively throughout the world, including at Shanghai Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. His talent and experience are everywhere evident in CCBC's Nutcracker production and we are delighted to continue a close collaboration with Mr. Ling and his students.
As is usually the case for ballet and more so for CCBC, the choreography and staging change from year to year reflect the progressing talents of our student dancers and new members to our company. The changes in choreography for Nutcracker 2005 were made by our artist director, Eva Pokorny, and Helena Pokorny, our talented Ballet Mistress/Stage Manager/Choreographer/Performer. The talented teaching staff of Ballet Arts was essential to ensuring that the dancers were well prepared for this performance. Lastly, thanks goes to Robin Twarowski, Executive Director of CCBC, who garnered resources and had a hand in every aspect of the production.
A list of the program credits is extensive and highlights the number of people that worked on props, costumes, staging and rehearsals. A full list of credits can be found on the electronic copy of the Program for the show.
We have tried to capture some measure of the excitement of this performance in the Storybook slideshow page linked below, using photos from the 2005 performance. No amount of multi media material can take the place of actually experiencing a live performance such as this one, but for those who were in the audience Dec. 4th, I hope the Storybook can remind you of that exciting performance. And for those that did not attend, we hope to give a small glimpse of this magical ballet and the dedicated and talented members of CCBC who create that magic.
The photo slide show is divided into two parts, Act 1 and Act 2. Both are 800x600 pixel images.
These video clips are encoded in Windows Media Player format (.wmv) and are 1-3 MBytes in size. To play the videos you will need a Windows Media Player. You can get the the Windows Media Player here. For those who prefer open source applications, a popular media player is Media Player Classic available at SourceForge.net.
Click the text button on the left to play a video. If you move your mouse pointer over the text button, the text will change to display the file size you will be downloading. All video clips are 320x240 pixels in size and are taken from the December 4, 2005 performance of CCBC's Nutcracker.
Act 1: Families walk to the Christmas Eve party.
Act 1: Clara and Drosselmeyer dance.
Act 1: Clara dances with her new Nutcracker doll.
Act 1: Drosselmeyer presents his mechanical Ballerina dolls.
Act 1: Drosselmeyer presents his mechanical Soldier dolls.
Act 1: The Grownups dance.
Act 1: Late in the evening the mice come out.
Act 1: The Mouseking arrives.
Act 1: After the Battle the Nutcracker becomes a handsome prince.
Act 1: Waltz of the Snowflakes highlighting the Snow queen.
Act 1: Waltz of the Snowflakes.
Act 2: The Angels assemble to greet the Sugarplum Fairy.
Act 2: The Spanish Dance.
Act 2: The Arabian Dance.
Act 2: The Chinese Dance.
Act 2: The Russian Dance.
Act 2: The Mirliton Dance.
Act 2: The Waltz of the Flowers.
Act 2: The Waltz of the Flowers.
Act 2: Mother Ginger arrives with her candies.
Act 2: The Dream Ends.