Photos by Silvia Pangano
Boca Ballet Theatre wasn’t about to skip “The Nutcracker” this year, a Boca holiday tradition. Even though the renowned company couldn’t present live performances and meet-and-greet this year.
So, they did the next best thing…. Turning their own studio into an intimate theater venue. And hiring a professional company to record the entire ballet, complete with costumes, cast and scenery.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep the art form alive and Boca ballet functioning,” said founder and co-artistic director Dan Guin. This is their 30th season.
Tickets are on sale now at $25 for the video production at either 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 12 or 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 13. Registration is separate for each performance at https://www.bocaballet.org/season
“We really need the community to support this endeavor. This is a training organization, and we couldn’t wait a year to help our students grow artistically,” Guin said.
Boca Ballet school’s young dancers will be joined by three professional guest artists. Ballerina Remy Young from New York’s American Ballet Theatre will reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy. ABT’s Joseph Markey will be her prince or cavalier. Lucas Segovia, formerly with Joffrey Ballet, danced in Boca Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
Clara will be played by Aurora Chinchilla, 14, a Boca Ballet School student.
Guin put his own touches on the famous George Balanchine ballet with the Tchaikovsky score as a learning experience for students. “We wanted the young dancers to be part of the story, the corps de ballet in training,” he said.
So the ballet is set between 1807 and 1810 “with that era court dress. The scenery is based on special looks and effects. It’s a lush, lovely production,” Guin said.
He’s hoping the $26,000 investment Boca Ballet made to transform their studio will be attractive to other performing arts groups. “We created a black box theater in our space and will make it available to others,” he said.
By Marci Shatzman