The Nutcracker – Performed Annually
A beloved holiday classic, the “Nutcracker” has become a Christmas tradition for adults and children of all ages, and is performed thousands of times all over the world every year. The story follows the adventures of Clara, a young girl who is given a Nutcracker on Christmas Eve, as a special gift from her mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, a skilled toy maker who is always full of surprises. Her envious brother, Fritz, grabs the Nutcracker and promptly breaks it. Clara, heartbroken, watches as Herr Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker with a scarf he magically pulls out of the air. After falling asleep on Christmas Eve, Clara is awakened by a now-human Nutcracker. Along with the Toy Soldiers, they do battle with the terrible Mouse King and his Mouse Army. Then Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a magical adventure through the Snow Forest, where snowflakes and icicles turn into dancing maidens, to the Land of Sweets, where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara is treated like royalty. Chocolates, candy canes, coffee, tea and gingerbread cookies all dance in her honor. Set to the gorgeous music of Tchaikovsky, this ballet never fails to delight everyone who sees it.
Alice in Wonderland – Performed 2013
A timeless classic, “Alice in Wonderland” has become a favorite for adults and children of all ages. The story follows the adventures of a young girl namedAlice, who spots an elegantly dressed white rabbit carrying a pocket watch and muttering about being late. She follows him down a rabbit hole into a magical wonderland. When she enters the unknown world, she finds a table with a tiny gold key, a small door and a bottle of potion with an attached note that says “Drink me.”
Noticing that she is far too large to go through the door, she drinks the whole bottle and soon begins to shrink small enough to fit, but she realizes that she has left the tiny gold key to the door on the high table. She finds a piece of cake labeled “Eat me”, and when she does, she soon begins to grow tall enough to reach the key. Now, she is too big to fit through the door, and she begins to cry. The white rabbit that she followed into the magical world appears once again, still concerned about being late. Alice decides to ask the rabbit for help, but when she speaks to him, he is so startled that he drops his gloves and fan and runs away. When she picks up the gloves and fan, she once again begins to shrink. Alice starts to cry again, and her giant tears form a pool at her feet. As she shrinks she falls into the pool of tears, which becomes a sea, and as she treads water, she meets many interesting, yet strange animals, who grant her some wisdom about what has been happening in her life.
Alice wanders off into the forest, where she meets a Caterpillar sitting on a mushroom and smoking a water pipe. The Caterpillar and Alice get into an argument and the Caterpillar crawls away in disgust. She then comes across a grinning Cheshire Cat who explains to Alice that everyone in Wonderland is mad, including Alice. The Cheshire Cat gives directions to the March Hare’s house and fades away to nothing but a floating grin.
Alice travels to the March Hare’s house to find the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Dormouse having tea together. Treated rudely by all three, Alicestands by the tea party, uninvited. She learns that they are trapped in a perpetual tea-time and, after a final discourtesy, leaves and journeys through the forest until she finds herself in a rose garden.
After saving several gardeners from the temper of the Queen of Hearts, Alicejoins the Queen in a strange game of croquet where the mallets and balls are live flamingos and hedgehogs, and the Queen tears about, frantically calling for the other players to be beheaded. During one of the demanding Queen’s trials, Aliceupsets her and is ordered to be executed also. At this point, Alice begins to run away, and then wakes up to discover that it was all just a dream.
Snow White – Performed 2008, 2011
Dancers from ages 6 to 18 will bring to life the Brothers Grimm’s tale of a jealous Evil Queen, her magic mirror, her beautiful step-daughter, Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, and the delightful creatures of the forest.
Alexander Bojko returns as a special guest, dancing the role of the Prince. Mr. Bojko graduated from the Kiev Ballet Academy in the Ukraine, danced with the Donetsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the Dnepropetrovsk Theater, and was principal dancer with the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware. He has appeared in many other Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre productions, including Swan Lake, Scheherazade and Polovtsian Dances. His most recent appearance was as the Snow Prince in our 2010 “Nutcracker”.
Peter and the Wolf
“A Ballet Tribute” – Performed 2012Dedicated to Ms Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith
The Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre’s 2012 Spring performance will be “A Ballet Tribute”, dedicated to Ms Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith, ESBT’s first Artistic Director, who passed away on September 25, 2011 at the age of 92. The show will feature some of her most outstanding choreography including ‘Pas de Quatre’, ‘Kremlin Waltz’, ‘Dying Swan’ and other selections from ‘Swan Lake’, as well as two contemporary ballets including ‘Strange Allies’, which Ms Tatiana commissioned during her tenure as artistic director of ESBT.
Born in Russia, Ms Tatiana epitomized the quality and magic of classical Russian ballet. The rigorous training she re¬ceived with teachers Helene Poljakova, Olga Preobrajenskaja, and Nina Kirsanova (all products of the Imperial Ballet School), and the superb staff at the Na¬tional Opera Theatrical Academy in Belgrade, prepared her for the life she later led as principal dancer with the Belgrade State Opera Company.
However, and most importantly for hundreds of her students, her training plus personality produced a teacher who was both perceptive and demanding. Highly recognized schools in the United States and Canada regularly accepted and gave scholarships to her students, which demonstrated the high degree of her expertise. Tatiana was an invited guest instructor at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where students and faculty acclaimed her classes to be challenging and rewarding. She was artistic director for the Delaware Regional Ballet Company, and the founding artistic director for Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio.
Those who knew her well found her to be a veritable encyclopedia of the classics and opera ballets as originally staged. Tatiana’s shyness and unpretentiousness belied her experiences in Europe, including dancing before kings. A lady in the purest sense, her greatest pleasure was derived from passing on her special talents to her students. “A Ballet Tribute” will be presented on Sunday, April 15, at 2:00pm, in the Wicomico High School Auditorium, in Salisbury, Maryland. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students or seniors. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 443-358-2300, or purchased at Dance Wear, Etc, 1405 S. Salisbury Blvd. in Salisbury, the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council in downtown Salisbury, or various Bank of Delmarva locations.
An Evening at the Ballet – Performed 2010
Guest professional artists include Nukri Mamistvalov, Aynsley Inglis, Anna Ivanova-Bojko, and Alexander Bojko who will be dancing The Dying Swan and Melody.
Nukri Mamistvalov was born in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. He started his training at Olga Kresin Ballet in Northeast Philadelphia, He then furthered his training at The School of First State Ballet Theatre in Wilmington DE. He has participated in summer programs at Milwaukee Ballet, Hared Conservatory, and Richmond Ballet where he was also an apprentice for the 2007-2008 season. He is the recipient of the James Jamieson Scholarship and has won second and third place at the Youth American Grand Prix semi-finals. Nukri currently dances with First State Ballet Theatre and has performed the role of Basilio in Don Quixote, Prince Desire in the Sleeping Beauty, The Prince in the Nutcracker, and Don Juan in Carmen Suite.
Aynsley Inglis is from Wilmington, DE. She has trained at the School of First State Ballet Theatre, The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, and participated in American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive Program in NYC in 2003, and has won numerous awards including First Place in both Classical and Contemporary Categories at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2006. She is currently dancing with First State Ballet Theater in Wilmington, DE and her repertoire includes the role of Kitri from Don Quixote, Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, and Carmen in the Carmen Suite.
Alexander Bojko, formerly with the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, graduated from the Kiev Ballet Academy in the Ukraine.
Anya Ivanova-Bojko, formerly with the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware, began her dance studies at the prestigious Perm Ballet Academy in Russia and graduated from the Frunze Ballet Academy. Ms. Ivanova-Bojko was a finalist in the 1998 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi and she is a guest dancer to many companies throughout the United States.