The "Nutcracker" goes local as the Honolulu Dance Theatre re-imagines the setting for this classic ballet as "King Kalakaua's Nutcracker Ballet." Three performances of this bold world premiere will take place at the Hawaii Theatre beginning today.
Hawaii history sweetens
This HDT presentation, choreographed by Matthew Wright, combines the magic of Tchaikovsky's music and story line, but the characters are straight out of Hawaiian history.
Audiences will be whisked to a Grand Ball at Iolani Palace and meet "The Merrie Monarch" himself, King David Kalakaua; along with Queen Kapiolani; (the future Queen) Liliuokalani and her husband, John Dominis; Princess Likelike and Archibald Cleghorn and their beautiful daughter, the beloved Princess Victoria Kaiulani; and her cousin Prince Koa.
Kaiulani's fantasy segments conjure up wild boars, ancient Hawaiian warriors, a dance with the snowflakes atop Mauna Kea and a ride aboard a hibiscus coach drawn by a pair of magical geckos to the Land of the Rainbows.
Along the way, the company will perform the "Dance of the Coconuts," "Dance of Princess Kaiulani's Peacocks" and "Dance of the Menehune."
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $16, $20 and $24, with a $4 discount provided for children, seniors and military with valid ID. Call 528-0506 for more information.
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