Land of the Sweets:

The Burlesque Nutcracker

Conceived, Developed, Directed, and Produced by Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann

Principle Choreography by Lily Verlaine

Script, Lyrics, and Original Melodies by Jasper McCann

Verlaine and McCann’s Nutcracker gives the traditional ballet a bawdy makeover. Land Of The Sweets features top-notch local dance talent from professional companies Spectrum Dance Theater and Whim W’Him, opulent custom costuming by Stephanie Seymour (formerly of Teatro ZinZanni), and original choreography from the classically-trained Lily Verlaine.   Jasper McCann weaves the story as the audience meets characters from the ballet, such as the “toreadora” Hot Chocolate, the Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

December 7-28

30 Performances!

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Cast & Characters

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PARIS ORIGINAL
Tea Twin, Foliage, Arabian Bodyguard

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BABETTE LA FAVE
The Sleepytime Reveler, Snowflake, Blossom

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LAUREL BORDEAUX
The Clockwork Doll, Tea Twin, Foliage

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MOSCATO EXTATIQUE
Rosette-a Snowflake

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LILY VERLAINE
The Countess of Coffee, The Snow Queen, Prima Floriarina
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TORY PEIL
Hot Chocolate, Volga-Gal, Snowflake
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RED DELICIOUS
The Maid
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TOVA DA LUNA
The Angel, Snowflake, Blossom
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DAVIONE GORDON
King of Rats, Volga Guy, Snowflake, Blossom
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JASPER MCCANN
Charles Drosselmingus
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TROJAN ORIGINAL
Coco the Toreador, Arabian Bodyguard, Volga-Guy, Blossom
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DREAMY TANGERINE
Janet-a Snowflake
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COOKIE BELLINI
Crystalina-a Snowflake
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MISTY QUARION
Volga Gal, Snowflake, Blossom

Critics Rave

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“the best thing about Christmas in Seattle”Culture Mob
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“rollicking, frolicking, unabashed and uninhibited celebration of the season”Seattle P.I.
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“audiences for these sold-out shows…go wild”The Seattle Times

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