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Friday, December 8, 2000

Hawaii State Ballet
Christmas classic, "The Nutcracker," plays Friday
through Dec. 17 at Mamiya Theatre.

opens Friday

The first of the season's "Nutcracker" productions will be staged this weekend as the Hawaii State Ballet, under the direction of John Landovsky, presents its 14th annual production of the Christmas staple.

"The Nutcracker" opens at 7 p.m. today with Friday to Sunday performances through Dec. 17 at Mamiya Theatre. Shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $14, $18 and $22 for adults, with a $4 discount for senior citizens and children 12 and under.

The ballet, featuring the music of Peter Tchaikovsky, is based on E.T.A. Hoffman's story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." On Christmas Eve, the Stahlbaum family is celebrating and the children, Fritz and Clara, await a visit from their godfather Herr Drosselmeyer. He is always full of surprises and one of them is his gift to Clara, a beautiful Nutcracker. Fritz, who is jealous, grabs the nutcracker and promptly breaks it. So begins a chain events on a magical evening.

Hawaii State Ballet is known for nurturing local dancers. Last May, Amanda Schull, who studied with HSB for 12 years, starred in the Columbia-Sony movie "Center Stage." She is dancing with the San Francisco Ballet. This season, the Boston Ballet is featuring 12-year HSB student Romi Beppu as the "Sugar Plum Fairy."

Call 947-2755 for more information.

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