MANILA – This holiday season, Ballet Philippines (BP) adds its own Filipino touch to the timeless Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker.”
Set in the Philippines in the 1920s, Edna Vida’s “The Nutcracker” runs from December 1 to 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater.
It follows the heroine Clara, who receives an enchanted Nutcracker doll from her grandfather, the toymaker Don Alfonso Quintero.
Her doll – along with her siblings’ Sugar Plum Fairy and Rat King – all come to life at midnight.
The late National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal incorporated design elements into the set of “The Nutcracker,” with art nouveau arches with anahaw leaves and framed capiz shells.
Nobuo Fujino returns to BP as guest artist courtesy of the Japan Foundation and the Tan Yan Kee Foundation. Fujino, who plays Nutcracker, is paired with BP’s Denise Parungao as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Alternating with Parungao is guest artist Candice Adea and company member Jemima Reyes. They are paired with Lester Reguindin and Victor Maguad, respectively.
The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Salonga, will play Tchaikovsky’s iconic music live on select performances.
Tickets are available at TicketWorld. For more details, visit Ballet Philippines’ Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages.