THE NUTCRACKER BALLET
December 18-23, 2013
Presented by Fine Arts Network Theater Company/The Ballet Studio
VENUE: Old Town Temecula Community Theater
The Fine Arts Network/Ballet Studio production of THE NUTCRACKER BALLET is unique in the presentation and story-telling of this classic and much-beloved ballet. Based on the original libretto from E.T.A. Hoffman's, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and featuring Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, the subtle differences are in building the relationship between Clara Marie and Drosselmeyer's young apprentice, who becomes the Nutcracker Prince and the vanquisher of Clara Marie's nightmare with the Rat King and his minions. Audiences will delight in the charming dances from the Nutracker suite (Russian, Mirlitons, Chinese and Arabian), the Columbine and Hussar dances and the elegant Dew Drop but presented in a slightly different and more compelling story-telling order than the orginal Petipa/Ivanov productions that most Nutcrackers are based upon. This award-winning production has been delighting audiences in Southwest Riverside County since it's debut and is full of all the magical, charm, pageantry, elaborate costuming, fabulous dancing that most people come to expect from the Nutcracker but with an added bonus, a lovely romance and a completed story.
Mark Erickson, Director
Mr. Erickson has divided his time between dance and acting since arriving in California fro British Columbia, Canada. Some of his dance credits include lead roles in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and a finalist in the International Ballet Competition. Mark was with the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Phantom of the Opera for 8 years, first in Los Angeles, then in San Francisco. Some of his television and film work include: Supporting role opposite Mel Gibson in The River, with Rod Steiger in American Gothic, co-star in Deep Space Nine, guest appearances on Amazing Stories and In Living Color. He has taught Master Classes in Canada for the Canadian School of Ballet, for Lines Dance Company and has done countless summer dance programs throughout the United States. Mr. Erickson, founded and currently owns and operates The Ballet Studio in Temecula.
Tiffany Koepke, Clara Marie
Ms. Koepke a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began her ballet training at The Milwaukee Ballet. As a student she received the Schlomer Lichner scholarship for most outstanding and promising dancer. At the age of fourteen, Tiffany was the first student to dance the lead role as Clara in the Milwaukee Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. After moving to California, Ms. Koepke joined the California Ballet Company in San Diego. Her leading roles included four cygnets in Swan Lake, Dewdrop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and "Snow White" in Snow White. Other ballets include Spanish Serenade, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and Romeo and Juliet. Tiffany made her musical debut as Val in A Chorus Line. Though currently under contract with San Diego Ballet Company, she also continues to perform and work with The Ballet Studio and has appeared annually as Clara Marie in The Nutcracker Ballet, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, "Giselle" in Giselle, and "Cinderella" in Cinderella. Ms. Koepke was featured in the documentary "The Making of a Nutcracker" a behind-the-scenes movie about the dance and drama of creating a ballet. She is also the founder and creator of Tiffany's Tools and this winter is introducing the first in a series of ballet related dolls, Clara Marie, designed after Miss Tiffany, herself.
Antonio Delgado, Nutcracker/Prince
Mr. Delgado is a San Diego native, studying dance since the age of 17. He has studied many styles of dance ranging from ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop to ballroom and Latin. He studied ballet under ABT alumni, Stephen Hook and Alina Faye. Antonio has performed with multiple dance companies both classic and contemporary, including: Axxiom Dance Collective and California Ballet. Some of his repertoire includes: "The Mist Leaves No Scars" choreographed by Jean Isaacs, Charles Bennett's "Dracula", Prince Desire from "Cinderella", Franz from "Coppelia" Russian and Spanish variation for the California Ballet's production of Nutcracker and "Arabian" in The Nutcracker Ballet