Land of the Sweets:

The Burlesque Nutcracker

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

Artistic Direction & Principal Choreography by Lily Verlaine

Musical Direction, Songs, Book & Lyrics 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), original choreography from the classically-trained Lily Verlaine, and new musical arrangements by Jasper McCann, Kate Olson, and Michael Owcharuk.

All your favorite characters will be back, including Lily Verlaine’s Sugar Plum Fairy, Tory Peil’s “toreadora” Hot Chocolate, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, and the ever-loveable Snowflakes.

This year’s production will delight the newcomer and surprise return visitors to the Land of the Sweets. Costume Designer Stephanie Seymour (formerly of Teatro ZinZanni) will add more flourishes to update and embellish the costuming of the show this year, including an all-new bouquet of costumes for our Waltz of Flowers.

And this year, Land Of The Sweets will feature all-new musical arrangements inspired by the Tchyaikovsky score, played LIVE by a nine-piece jazz orchestra!

This “rollicking, frolicking, unabashed and uninhibited celebration of the season” (Seattle P.I) and “Best Burlesque- King 5’s Best of Western Washington” features an all-star cast from Seattle’s Burlesque A-list and some of the finest dancers and jazz musicians in the Pacific Northwest.

Come celebrate the season with us and see why “audiences for these sold-out shows…go wild” (Seattle Times). With a run of 30 performances, you don’t have to be left out in the cold… join us!

December 7-28

30 Performances!

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CAST & CHARACTERS

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PARIS ORIGINAL
Tea Twin, Arabian Bodyguard

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BABETTE LA FAVE
The Sleepytime Reveler, Snowflake

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MOSCATO EXTATIQUE
Rosette-a Snowflake

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JANEÉ ENCHANTEÉ
Snowflake

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LILY VERLAINE
The Countess of Coffee, The Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Prima Calla Lily
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TORY PEIL
Hot Chocolate, Volga-Gal, Snowflake
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RED DELICIOUS
The Maid
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ALICE CAO
Marzi the Shepherdess, Tea Twin
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TOVA DA LUNA
The Angel, Snowflake
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JASPER MCCANN
Charles Drosselmingus
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TROJAN ORIGINAL
Coco the Toreador, Arabian Bodyguard, Volga-Guy
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DREAMY TANGERINE
Janet-a Snowflake
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ELEKTRA LUXE
Crystalina-a Snowflake
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MARISSA QUIMBY
Volga Gal, Snowflake
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PATRICK JEFFREY
King Of The Rats, Volga Guy, Snowflake

The Musicians

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KATE OLSON
Band Leader, Woodwinds
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DEXTER STEVENS
Woodwinds
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MICHAEL OWCHARUK
Piano
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ROBERT BEASLEY
Trumpet
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DAVE PASCAL
Double Bass
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JOSIAH BOOTHBY
French Horn

DESIGN & SUPPORT TEAM

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STEPHANIE SEYMOUR
Costume Design
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JENN HILL
Wardrobe Mistress
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MARIA MANNESS
Production Manager
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SHELBY ADELLE RICHARDSON
Wig/Headpiece Design & Styling

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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