Los Gatos Ballet Foundation - Artistic Director Marcie Ryken
After a decade of directing the Nutcracker, it is a dream come true to have the opportunity to produce this high calibre production at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. The new collaboration with the San Jose Youth Symphony has been such a blessing. It is thrilling to have the opportunity to showcase our local youth talent in this extraordinary way. I am honored to be able to mentor, inspire and witness it. I am so proud of all involved. A production of this size requires a vast amount of coordinated effort. Through the dedication, passion and talent of the families, participants and stage crew at the Flint, the Nutcracker was a huge success that exceeded my expectations.
I am humbled by the talent in our midst. Christine Ryvola, Creative Director, designed exquisite costumes which elevated the level of performance experience for both dancer and patron. She masterfully organized her teams of volunteers to create beauty which came to life through vivid colors and plenty of sparkle on stage. Also a part of this dynamic creative team is Travis Halsey, a professional costume designer who has worked on many world premieres including Houston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.
There is so much that goes on behind the scenes that enables the magic to happen on stage. Edith Gallant and Philip Maroc led the production team who were responsible for building the life-sized doll boxes, grandfather clock, growing Christmas tree, as well as the the myriad of props that enhance the scenes and enable the story to be told. We are so fortunate to have such creative talent amongst our volunteers, such as Cheryl Steurmer, whose artistic abilities added beauty and flare to our painted props. I am humbled by the passion that the volunteers put into their work. Mike Hulme took personal interest in building the sleigh, wanting it to be befitting of this world of magic.
Beyond the many artistic things that are happening behind the scenes, there is the need for coordination of all the volunteers who put so much time and effort into bringing this production to life. I am extremely thankful to those who managed all the details to enable everyone to have a wonderful experience participating in this production. I'm also appreciative of the incredible support of all the families who not only volunteer their time and talent, but also bring their dancers to all that is required to elevate the production to an outstanding level. We were so fortunate to have Frances Chung and Gennadi Nedvigin, Principal dancers with San Francisco Ballet, inspire and delight us with their spectacular performance.
Thank you to all who have contributed to facilitating this amazing production. I'm looking forward to improving upon our success next year. You'll be able to relive this experience with photos by Richard Kerris coming soon!
Owner/Artistic Director of Los Gatos Ballet