The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre is celebrating the holidays with “Joys of the Season,” a weekend run at the Glendale Performing Arts Center, featuring selections from two holiday ballet favorites: “The Nutcracker” and “Little Match Girl” on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.
“Our holiday shows bring the season to life for families and the dance community,” said Natasha Middleton, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre manager and choreographer. “Once again, we’re thrilled our cast also reflects the cultural diversity of Los Angeles as we celebrate our Armenian, African American, Latin and Japanese principal dancers.”
Selections from “The Nutcracker” will include and feature Armenian ballet principal Alicia Khashaki as Clara, Dimitri Alemán Jones as the Nutcracker Prince and Natalie Palmgren as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Eduard Sargysyan, a former principal with the Armenian National Ballet, will star as both Prince Coqueluche and the Snow King.
Rounding out the cast is Damara Titmus as the Snow Queen in The Land of Snow and Kozue Kashahara as a featured Snowflake and the lead in the Chinese dance. Robson Tadeu Ferier is “Mother Ginger” and Moses Navarro is Dr. Drosselmyer. Richard Biglia will star as the Arabian dancer.
“The Little Match Girl” will highlight Yurino Niyama, a Japanese ballerina who makes her debut performance in the title role. Niyama danced with the Alberta Ballet in Canada and the Anaheim Ballet. Patrick Fitzsimmons is Arthur, the errand boy of the home of the Fairbrothers. Fitzsimmons will also be featured in the Chinese dance in “The Nutcracker.” Alan McCormick will play Jeb Macklin, father of the “Little Match Girl.” Megan Van Daren is Josie the dance hall girl, and in love with Macklin. British Hip Hop dancer extraordinaire Joe Chaplin will rock up the floor in director Middleton’s famous pub scene. Also featured in this same scene are ballet dancers and acrobats Aaron Smith and Miracle Blankenship.
Tickets are on sale now at pacificballetdancetheatre.com with prices ranging from $35-55. The Glendale Performing Arts Center is located at 1440 E. Broadway.
First published in the November 25 print issues of the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press.