Best of The Nutcracker Program

4 - 5 December 2020
Concert Hall, QPAC

Recorded music by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nigel Gaynor. Presented in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre. This special performance lasts approximately one hour with no interval.

Principal Artist Laura Hidalgo

#From the Artistic Director

What a Christmas miracle to have the opportunity to perform this special production of Best of The Nutcracker in 2020!

We are filled with so much gratitude for the support we received during this challenging year, and are delighted to offer this festive season as a token of our heartfelt appreciation. This production is for everyone who has gone above and beyond for the Queensland community in 2020, to those who have been adversely affected by the global pandemic, and to the many Queenslanders who need a little festive cheer.

This year marks our eighth successive Nutcracker year - and although this season is not the full-length production loved by so many, we hope it brings a touch of Christmas magic to everyone in the audience as we bring our cherished show to life for this holiday period.

Best of The Nutcracker will feature highlights from Ben Stevenson OBE’s production including the Kingdom of the Snow from Act 1, as well as crowd favourites from the Land of Sweets including the Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian, Waltz of Flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy Pas de deux.

This beautiful ballet is due to the incredible talents of our creative team who worked tirelessly to make it happen this year.

Associate Costume Designer Noelene Hill’s interpretations of Desmond Heeley’s original costume designs are truly exquisite; together with Tchaikovsky’s captivating and time-honoured score, they enhance the story as we move from one dance to the next.

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to QPAC for working with us to schedule this special production in before Christmas. I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the State and Federal Governments, Major Partners Sealy, and Shell QGC and all our corporate partners and sponsors. Special thanks must also be extended to our Principal Partner Suncorp - we are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received over the last few months, and without this support, Best of The Nutcracker would not have been possible.

And finally to you, our audience: I hope this sprinkles a little festive magic into your lives. We’re excited to perform our special 60the anniversary year programs in 2021, and we invite you to join us as we celebrate this important milestone of ours.

From all of us at Queensland Ballet, please enjoy this wonderful Christmas tradition that even a global pandemic can’t stop, and we wish you a joyous, safe, and happy holiday season.

#The Story of Best of The Nutcracker

At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, little Clara finds herself embarking on the magical adventure of a lifetime into the Land of Snow. A fairy-tale Snow Queen and Snow Prince emerge and dance with the Snowflakes. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince join the celebration before departing for the Kingdom of Sweets.

When they arrive in the Kingdom of Sweets, the cooks are preparing delectable treats for their enjoyment and they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. In Clara’s honour, the Sugar Plum Fairy arranges for the inhabitants of her Kingdom to entertain them by performing a Spanish dance, an Arabian dance and a Chinese dance. Clara is also entertained by the Dance of the Mirlitons, a Russian dance and the Waltz of the Flowers. Then, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince dance a grand pas de deux. As the celebration draws to a close, Clara awakens from her dreams as the Nutcracker salutes his Princess Clara.


Choreographer: Ben Stevenson OBE
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Recorded Music Performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nigel Gaynor
Costume Designer: Desmond Heeley
Associate Costume Designer: Noelene Hill
Lighting Designer: David Walters
Lighting Recreator: Cameron Goerg

Best of The Nutcracker is a special edition season based on ETA Hoffmann’s tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816). First produced on 18 December 1892 by the Imperial Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia. Choreographed by Ben Stevenson obe in 1976, this production of The Nutcracker was first performed in 1987 by Houston Ballet in the Wortham Theater, Houston, Texas.


4 December, 4.00pm & 5 December, 7.30pm

Clara - Tonia Looker
Snow Queen - Georgia Swan
Snow Prince - Vito Bernasconi
Sugar Plum Fairy - Yanela Pinera
Prince - Joel Woellner

4 December, 7:30pm & 5 December, 4.00pm

Clara - Mia Heathcote
Snow Queen - Lucy Green
Snow Prince - Camilo Ramos
Sugar Plum Fairy -Neneka Yoshida
Prince - Victor Estévez

5 December, 1.00pm

Clara: Lina Kim
Snow Queen: Serena Green
Snow Prince: Alexander Idaszak
Sugar Plum Fairy: Laura Tosar
Prince: Patricio Revé

#Production Credits

Technical Director & Lighting Recreator: Cameron Goerg
Head of Production: Shaun O’Rourke
Stage Manager: Heather O’Keeffe
Head Mechanist: Dan Villiers
Deputy Head Mechanist: Don Mackenzie
Head Electrician: Skye Lilliss
Swing Head Electrician: Josh Skipp
Followspot Operator: Wil Hughes
Floor Electrician: Ruth Luckins
Set Construction: Iceworks Design
Scenic Art: Shaun Caulfield (Set)
Prop Makers: Bruce Pickup, Myles Stonecutter, Gary Cameron
Head of Wardrobe and Resident Designer: Noelene Hill
Deputy Head of Wardrobe: Lauryn Jackson
Wardrobe Workroom Manager and Principal Cutter: Anna Ilic
Performance Wardrobe Manager/ Principal Cutter: Erin Krosch
Wardrobe Workroom Coordinator/ Art Finishing Coordinator: Zoe Griffiths
Workroom Coordinator/Cutters Assistant: Jayne Warrington
Cutter: Saffron Firkins, Arlie McGill, Peggy Moad, Sharon Clarke, Gayle MacGregor, Louise Gerard
Senior Costumier & Workroom Assistant: Isabelle Lacombe
Costume Makers and Prep: Kathryn Lee, Rebekah Ellis, Vicki Martin, Frances Pyper, Kathi Slee, Anne Tytherleigh, Hannah Gartside, Michelle Wiki, Millie Adams, Alison Fullwood, Elizabeth Ball, Jackqueline Parry, Bethany Cordwell, Cassi Lacombe
Dresser: Zoe Griffiths
Wig and Makeup Stylist: Michael Green
Costume Maintenance: Isabelle Lacombe, Bethany Cordwell
Shoe Coordinator: Amanda Newman
Shoe Assistant: Callyn Farrell
Headpiece & Jewellery Maker: Suzie Rodgers
Assistant Headpiece & Jewellery Maker: Annika Forsberg-Nielson
Character heads, horses and masks: Marion Hoad
Transport: Roadpro Event Services/ Russell Austen

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Image: Principal Artist, Laura Hidalgo. Creative Direction, Designfront. Photography, David Kelly.

Image: Senior Soloist, Mia Heathcote. Photography David Kelly

Image: Senior Soloist, Neneka Yoshida and Joel Woellner. Photography David Kelly

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