SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
I chose to be part of MPBT because I not only grow from my experiences with MPBT but also get to be part of an incredibly driven and creative community. The memories that are made every nutcracker are some I will never forget!
I’ve cherished the role of Sugar Plum Fairy for as long as I can remember. I’ve always admired the beautiful and ethereal quality the role possessed and cannot wait to perform this role onstage!
I feel as though I have not only seen my improvement in dancing through my participation but also seen my drive, determination, and passion grow each time I am able to perform with MPBT.
I cannot wait to perform on stage with all of the cast members in front of an audience again! Last year was very empty without the annual Nutcracker performance and I am incredibly grateful to everyone who is making this years Nutcracker possible!
I choose to be a part of MPBT because I know the growth that it offers me. It's also exciting to be on stage with so many of my friends that like to be part of Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theater.
I feel honored and excited to be Clara for this year's Nutcracker. It came as a surprise to see my name on the list cast as Clara. I wasn't thinking of any particular role to dance on stage this year. I was looking forward to the opportunity to dance any part and be in the experience itself. All the parts in The Nutcracker exist to work together to make the story come alive. I am just happy to be a part of the cast in its entirety.
A few years back, I wanted to do the Nutcracker but wasn't in love with ballet at the time, as much as I am now. My sister Meg was all about ballet, because of this, I was asked” Tes, are you going to do the Nutcracker?” I was so nervous about doing it that my best response was, “maybe next year.” and I said that for a couple of years. During 2020 things shifted, and I was ready! Only to find out Nutcracker wasn't going to happen. The change brought new ideas and ways to still grow in ballet. I was able I be part of Sleeping Beauty, and that was so much fun! My love for ballet keeps growing, and Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre gives opportunity year after year to grow.
I chose to be part of MPBT because of the opportunity and magic it brings to the community.
Arabian has been my dream role since I was a young ballerina; It is mysterious, thrilling, and mature in the way that it exudes passion and strength.
Being my first year with MPBT, I have grown through those who have guided me to continue my path with dance and accept the challenge that it brings me during my last year of high school.
I have rediscovered my love for dance, and taking on the role of Arabian has been the best thing in my rediscovery.
I chose to be a part of MBPT because Nutcracker season is something that I look forward to being apart of every year. All of the new memories that I get to make with some of my closest friends is so special and getting to perform in Sunset Theater—in my opinion—is one if the best experiences!
I am beyond excited to be one of the Dew Drop Fairies this year! Waltz of the flowers is one of my favorite scenes in the whole ballet because of the lively music and the beautiful costumes.
One thing that I would like the audience to know about me is that this is my 11th nutcracker I’ve performed in! The nutcracker is sort of a yearly tradition now, and I look forward to portraying a new role every year.
Info about Fiona coming soon!
Info about Ruby coming soon!
I love dancing with Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theater (MPBT) because the teachers push me to achieve my greatest potential and it’s as close to a professional dance experience as I could hope for. MPBT is a welcoming community and is like a second holiday home!
Being this year’s Rose Queen is SO exciting! It means a great deal to me because I’ve worked very hard to be ready to take on such an important and challenging role.
MPBT has helped me grow both mentally and physically. Having these teachers believe in me and what I can accomplish has given me the confidence and courage to keep working and setting higher goals. Dancing with my friends and cast-mates also motivates me to work hard and encourages me through the challenging parts of my piece.
I would like my audience to know that in addition to the 100 people in the Nutcracker performance, there are so many people behind the scenes that have helped to make my dream of being Rose Queen come true. Without them, none of us would be able to perform. I owe them the biggest thank you for what they have done for me, from helping me learn how to perfect a step to cheering me on when I start to doubt myself.
Info about Elysia coming soon!
I chose to be a part of MPBT due to the fact that it was simply the best fit, but I am grateful that I did as it has provided me many opportunities for growth as a dancer and human being. Dancing with MPBT has allowed me to become more focused, open, and generous- as well as a better collaborator.
I am excited to play the role of Seraphim in the Nutcracker this year as it gives me the opportunity to set the scene of Act II and usher in all of the wonderful dances that follow.”
Info about Nina coming soon!
Info about Sage coming soon!
LEAD REED PIPE
I’ve chosen to be a part of MPBT because of the experiences and relationships I have gained over the past years as a member of this beautiful family, working together to create something incredible.
Four years ago, my very first role in the Nutcracker was Reed Pipe Corp. I loved the music and choreography — and always hoped that one day I would be a Reed Pipe Lead. I am so excited to be able to perform this role this year!
Participating in MPBT, has caused me to grow so much as a dancer, in confidence and skill level. Participation also involves commitment, responsibility, and hard work, which help develop character. I am so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to every rehearsal and every performance!
I would like the audience to know that dance has always been a special part of my life and performing in the Nutcracker is the most memorable experience of the year.
LEAD REED PIPE
I choose to be part of MPBT because of the unique opportunity and community. Through this, MPBT has enhanced my appreciation of the arts and guided me on my journey of self expression; for that, I will always be grateful.
Being a Reed Pipe means everything to me. My very first year participating in the Nutcracker, I was in the Reed Pipe Corps and since then have always dreamed of being a Lead Reed Pipe. You could say it’s a dream come true. I am unbelievably honored to be a Lead Reed Pipe and to share this opportunity with some of my closest friends.
Through my participation in MPBT since its inception, I have not only been mentored by Tia, the greatest artistic director I could have asked for, but also inspired by the dancers I have had the pleasure to work alongside. I am thrilled for this next chance to grow and inspire others in return.
I would like my audience to know how hard I work for the day I take the stage. Very literally, an abundance of blood, sweat, and tears goes into the making of a performance the magnitude of the Nutcracker. Each year, I know the commitment and make the conscious decision to be a part of something bigger than myself, a collaboration fueled by teamwork, responsibility, and dedication. I choose this, not only because of the purpose it gives me but because of the joy I am able to spread. The Nutcracker is about spreading holiday magic, and that is precisely what I strive to do through my dancing.
LEAD REED PIPE
I choose to be a part of MPBT because of how fun and nurturing it is! Not only does it give me an opportunity to expand my skills and knowledge and to perform, but it provides a fun and close-knit environment that I love being a part of!
Being Reed Pipe means so much to me because not only have I worked hard in order to fulfill the role, but I am so excited to perform this lively part with my friends!
MPBT has provided me with instruction and knowledge that has allowed me to grow so much as a dancer. Participating in the Nutcracker and other MPBT performances has provided not only amazing training, but an opportunity to learn how to rehearse and perform a full ballet.
I want my audience to know my love of performing. Performing in the Nutcracker is such a gratifying and fun holiday experience, and is often one of the highlights of my year. I hope my audience can feel the joy and festivity that I do when attending this year's Nutcracker!
LEAD REED PIPE
I chose to be a part of MPBT because I really enjoy performing; being part of the nutcracker really helps me grow in confidence and creativity by tapping into a character.
Being a lead reed pipe feels like a very exciting step for me; going from being a junior lead to a lead feels like a clear show of progress. It is very gratifying to feel like I am slowly achieving my goals.
Participating in MPBT, in the past performance I was able to participate in, was an interesting learning experience - being a part of a full-length production rather than just short choreographed pieces. I am very excited to perform this year after not being able to perform due to COVID and I think it will be amazing for everyone to be back on stage for MPBT again!
Being a part of MPBT has definitely made an impact on me. I chose to participate in this program obviously to grow and become a stronger dancer. However, I am eager to participate because of the kindness that my fellow dancers and teachers give to me. I participate to make bonds, or friendships, and many memories that will last me a life time.
This year, being the role of mouse queen is an honor. Ever since the first time I saw MPBT’s Nutcracker in 2018, I had my heart set on this role. So not only am I very grateful to be mouse queen, but I guess I could say it’s my 11 year old self’s dream come true!
2019 was my first year performing with MPBT, and from that point, I feel I have made lots of improvement. Not only have I become a stronger dancer, but I have learned many valuable lessons with the MPBT staff, especially after living through a pandemic. From my experience, the quarantine showed me how much I truly love to dance, which in result reflected onto my behavior back in the studio. My mindset had completely changed, which really helped me grow over this past year.
I am so excited for MPBT’s 2021 Nutcracker; this holiday season is truly going to be magical.
Through MPBT I am able to build more relationships with people and get to know my friends better. The people I get to perform with and the choreographers that help us work towards an amazing performance, all make MPBT special. As we spend three months working on amazing pieces for the Nutcracker we haven’t just built better relationships, but in reality built a family within MPBT which is why I choose to be apart of MPBT.
I am so excited to be lead maid this year! I didn’t think I was going to be a lead in this years Nutcracker, which makes it more exciting and special. This will be such a fun experience and I can’t wait to meet new people. I’m so grateful and thankful to be this years lead maid. This is a moment I will never forget!
MPBT has made me a lot more confident as a dancer. From auditions, to my first solo, and the Nutcracker; my confidence has been challenged and has grown in great ways. Confidence is not something that comes easy to me, but I have learned that when I do something with confidence my performance will be better.
I love performing! I am usually very reserved off the stage, but once I get on stage it is so easy for me to let go and smile. I enjoy performing because it brings me joy! Lastly, I wouldn’t be able to participate in this amazing production without my family and especially my amazing mom. My mom drives me to every practice and rehearsal and supports me in all that I do, I am so thankful for her!
LEAD BALLERINA DOLL
I choose to be a part of MPBT because of the all the love and support from each and every dancer as well as facilitator. It’s such a special experience when a group of people with the same love and passion come together and work together to create something. MPBT has the greatest creation; that is The Nutcracker.
Being a ballerina doll means portraying that young and playful character, which I love to do! Making dancing even more enjoyable when you character is filled with joy and excitement.
This will be my third year of doing Nutcracker with MPBT and every year I have been given different rolls as well as some that are the same. I definitely believed that I have grown as a dancer by being able to portray many different characters that are seen in the Nutcracker. It has been an exponential growth. MPBT has pushed me out of my confront zone and has had me try new roles that I never thought I could have gotten.
I first found my love and passion for dance at the very young age of 9. Dance had become my entire life. Up until the age of 15 I had determination like no other. I wanted to be an improving dancer more then anything. I just wanted to get better and better. But once I became 15 that drive and dedication began to go away, and over time I stopped dancing. I believe that it is fair to say that was the worst decision I have ever made; it made me realize how much I have always loved dancing. I am now completely back at dance with having an entire year off and I am ready to work ten times are hard; my drive and dedication is back.
LEAD BALLERINA DOLL
I chose to be apart of MPBT because I love performing with my friends. Going to rehearsals and trying on costumes really brings us all together making a MPBT family. This family is fun to be apart of especially during the holiday season.
Being ballerina doll means acting as a character while dancing with my best friends. I’ve always loved the costume and style that the dolls dance. I also love being apart of the party scene because of the fun and lively energy.
Over the years since i started dancing with MPBT in 2017 I have grown so much. My technique and performance skills have improved exponentially through the different roles that I have had in Nutcracker. Each year I improve and each year I am more excited to participate in Nutcracker.
One thing I’d like the audience to know about me is that over this past summer I studied marine biology and nautical science on a sail boat in the Atlantic Ocean for two weeks with 30 of my friends.
My name is Paige and I am 12 years old. have been dancing for 4 years and I LOVE IT. I train at The Dance Center; it is such an amazing place with people like no other. I do mostly ballet but in the past two years I have branched out to jazz and contemporary.
I chose to be part MPBT because I like to be part of a family where you come together to bring a story to show others. For me, being a chef means: acting, showing and guiding the younger dancers, and now getting to be a leader. I’ve grown through roles, flat to pointe, followers to leaders, and with great satisfaction. I used to always care about the roles I was awarded; now I’m just so happy to be apart of the show.
Info on Chloe coming soon!
I first joined MPBT when I heard they were holding Nutcracker auditions in 2017. It was amazing! Ever since then, I have met so many amazing people and have had the chance to improve my dance skills more and more. MPBT has become a second family to me, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities it gives me.
In years before, I have watched the former Chinese leads and the choreography seems so fun! It’s upbeat, joyful, and always exciting to watch. I have never had a lead role by myself before, and I am very happy to start my solo journey as the Lead Chinese.
Since joining MPBT’s family, my love for dance has grown and so have I. Not only has my technique and musicality improved, but my teamwork and perseverance have improved as well. I am learning how my dedication can get me where I am hoping to go, and already I have gone so far.
Each year, Nutcracker gives me the chance to use my new found skills and show them off with my friends. I am excited for this year’s performance and all the memories that will come with it!
Something I would like my audience to know is that I am hoping to pursue dance through college. I hope to immerse myself in it as much as possible. It has always been a part of my life and I am working toward a future filled with dance!
LEAD CANDY CANE
I chose to be apart of MPBT for many reasons... MPBT is like a family to me, no matter what your role, or if you're in the same scene or not, everyone is so connected it's makes it feel like a second home.
I am really honored to be lead candy cane this year! I am so excited to be cast as this lead and being able to work everyone in the scene as well as entrada and finale. I have always thought candy cane would be super fun to be a part of with the energy; it always seemed fun and happy.
I started performing for MPBT in 2017 and I feel I have really grown, learning so much from it in different aspects. Performing in The Nutcracker has helped me strengthen my portraying skills to become a different character when needed. I've also grown as a person from this experience, teaching me how to work with a professional cast and to create an amazing production. Looking back from 2017 to now, I can honestly say that MPBT has helped shaped me to the dancer and person I am today.
I would like the audience to know that I love all types of dance and they have always been a big part of my life since I was little. I have been dancing now for 13 years and I have never stopped. Dance has always been by my side: when I was moving states and changing schools. I am so grateful to have dance as a part of my life.