Friday, December 15 7 PM

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Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:00 PM

Presented by

Tiffany’s Dance Academy & ConDanza Dance Company

Chabot Performing Arts Center

Hayward, CA


The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman.  Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. 

When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet to a musical score composed by Peter Iilyk Tchaikovsky, it was based on a revision by a well-known French author Alexander Dumas. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.

The Party Scene – It is Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house — A large and grand house with the most beautiful tree imaginable.  The Stahlbaums are hosting their annual Christmas party, welcoming the arrival of their family and friends.  The children, Clara and Fritz, are dancing and playing as they welcome their friends too.

The party grows festive with music and dance as godfather Drosselmeyer arrives.  He is a skilled clock and toy maker and always full of surprises. Drosselmeyer draws everyone’s attention as he presents two life-size dolls.  They are the delight of the party, each taking a turn to dance.

The children begin to open gifts when Drosselmeyer presents his to Clara and Fritz.  Although his gift to Fritz is quite nice, he gives Clara a beautiful Nutcracker that becomes the hit of the party.  Fritz becomes jealous and, having a bit more spunk than a boy should have, grabs the nutcracker from Clara and promptly breaks it.  Clara is heartbroken looking on as Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker with a handkerchief.

As the evening grows late, the guests depart and the Stahlbaum family retires for the evening.  Clara, worried about her beloved Nutcracker, sneaks back to the tree to check on him, falling asleep with him in her arms.

The Fight Scene – As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen.  Clara begins to shrink as her beautiful Christmas tree grows high above her.  The toys around the tree come to life while the room fills with an army of mice, led by the fierce Mouse King.  As the Nutcracker awakens, he leads his army of toy soldiers into battle with the mice.  The Mouse King corners the Nutcracker and battles him one-on-one.  The Nutcracker seems to be no match for the Mouse King.

The Nutcracker and his army can go on no longer and are captured by the mice and their King.  In some versions Clara makes a final daring charge throwing her slipper at the Mouse King, hitting him square on the head.  The Mouse King drops to the floor and the mice run away, carrying off their leader’s lifeless body.

The Land of Snow – The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.

The Land of Sweets – The Prince escorts Clara to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy greets them.  The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of mice and she rewards them with a celebration of dances from around the world.  As a finale, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier dance a beautiful Pas De Deux.

The Dream Ends – Clara awakens from her dream and finds herself with her beloved Nutcracker.   

The Nutcracker Finale 2014


Cast in Order of Appearance


Drosselmeyer’s Workshop



Cesar R. Degollado

Drosselmeyer’s Nephew

Joshua Vergara

Act I

Party Scene Stahlbaum Residence


Mr. and Mrs. Stahlbaum, Clara, and Fritz

David Maurice, Allie Gomes, Reese Lundin and Amali Hart

Maid and Butler  

Tyler Hildenbrand and Devon Magee


Arianna Carter-Monah


Dancing Parents

Tiffany Henderson, Millie Hanson, Thomas Peter, Rachel Mertes, Tim Mertes, Leah Feighner, Matthew Stein

Other Guests

Mike Dutra, Ruth Perez, Jennifer Smith, Robin Redding

Clara’s Friends  

Halle Henderson, Olivia Huyler, Jorden Kruzner, Ashley Torres, Ariana Hart, Farrah Zimmer                                   

Party Scene Children

Erin Abarquez, Madison Anderson, Summer Burchill, Miguel Castro, Ashley Cavalli, Colton Chui, Violet Clippinger, Lauryn Dalisay, Sophia Eisenbies, Kylie Fidow, Kaidence Hancock, Annabel Harper, Ava Hepner, Parker-Grace Hovanic, Mira Joshi, Jordan Kneizeh, Karson Knuth, Anna Kopach, Terra Kubiak, Naomi Morrison, Brookelyn Petit, Kayla Phan, Natalia Reszka, Isabella Stiener, Erica Stranutu, Isabella Tennyson, Ava Villareal, Kiara Antelo, Leilani Bartolome, Ceejae De Lumen, Elena Gutierrez, Aaralyn Johnston, Natalie Liddell, Eva Patel, Michelle Wilson   

Pantry Mouse

Mateo Castro

Toy Mice and Toy Soldiers

Daniela Diaz, Alyssa Heywood, Tessa Kelly, Ashley Li, Emma Li, Kate Liu, Payton  Mahoney, Phoebe Mao, Ishika Potturi, Nicole So, Mia Issabella Valencia, Miyabelle Villareal, Sarah Yang, Sophie Zheng                             

Columbine & Harlequin  

Alyssa Villareal and Joshua Vergara

Soldier Doll

Jack Henderson


Battle Scene


Nutcracker Doll

Gwen Tessman

Mouse King

Jack Henderson


Sara Alexis Sanchez

Nutcracker Prince

Joshua Vergara



Naomi Evans, Faith Lesuer, Annia McCormick, Laura Nguyen, Julia Olsen, Zeenia Shahpurwala, Yujin Shim, Madison Slavik, Ericka Stern


Ceejae De Lumen, Elena Gutierrez, Aaralyn Johnston, Alyssa O’Rourke, Sara Alexis Sanchez, Alisa Ebel, Tatum Petit, Kai McCormick

Land of Snow


Snow Queen, Snow King, and Princesses

Amie Kilgore, Cesar R. Degollado, Lauren Gold and Katelin Young


Arianna Carter-Monah, Gloria D’Amato, Olivia Gutierrez, Sara Alexis Sanchez, Colette Shew, Kate Cooper, Madeline Dutra, Lauren Gold, Halle Henderson, Olivia Huyler, Jorden Kruzner, Reese Lundin, Amaya Rodriguez, Yujin Shim, Kylie Steuben, Julie Takei, Ashley Torres, Alyssa Villareal, Sophia Welsh, Ashley Woodworth, Katelin Young, Sudiksha Bhaduri, Destiny Blythe, Julia Olsen, Amaya Rodriguez, Zeenia Shahpurwala, Yujin Shim, Ericka Stern, Kendelle Steuben, Julie Takei, Kami Teruya, Kendall Witters   



Asha Aviles, Lillian Bolar, Siena Busam, Cara Chu, Brenda Gonzalez, KC Habana, Julia Israel, Emily  Lindquist, Olivia May, Devika Raj, Izabella Rivera, Hana Abigail  Sangalang, Lexi Jo Schnell, Alice Shen                




Clara’s Dream


Guardian Angel

Ashley Woodworth


Kianna Brooks, Sofia  de Leon, Amanda(D) Fleming, Katelyn Hardman, Dakota Jerejian, Emily May, Zoey Medel, Cedar Oto, Surabi Ranjan, Ella Rosenbluth, Sloan Storelee-Case, Ellie Wat, Hayden Wright, Kristy Yasuda, Payten Young                                   


Sugar Plum Faeries  

Sudiksha Bhaduri, Destiny Blythe, Ericka Stern, Kami Teruya, Arianna Hart, Farrah Zimmer                                         



Katelin Young and Jack Henderson


Kate Cooper, Madeline Dutra, Kylie Steuben, Claire Mirkarimi

Flamenco Dancers  

Summer Burchill, Ashley Cavalli, Violet Clippinger, Mikalah Cunningham, Lauryn Dalisay, Sophia Eisenbies, Kylie Fidow, Annabel Harper, Ava Hepner, Mira Joshi, Jordan Kneizeh, Anna Kopach, Terra Kubiak, Samantha Ledsinger, Simone Lockhart , Brianna Martinez, Kelsey Moore, Michelle Ochipinti, Brookelyn Petit, Natalia Reszka, Erica Stranutu, Isabella Tennyson, Emily Tu, Megan Tu, Ava Villareal, Anika Abarquez, Anisha Bardalai, Mira Joshi, Zoe Manin, Laura Nguyen, Maia Pringle                                  



Olivia Gutierrez, Colette Shew

Chinese Ribbons Dancers  

Toshani Banerjee, Madison Chun, Emma Hebert, Hannah Krause, Farrah McQueen, Shawna  Raeside, Danna Villarreal   


Pas de Duex

Cesar R. Degollado and Sarita Persaud

Arabian Princess Attendants  

Alyssa Andrews, Donya Atashie, Parmis Bahmanyari, Bright Banta, Lauryn Dalisay, Layla  de Leon, Sophia Dyer, Kylie Fidow, Kaidence Hancock, Valerie Li, Bianca Martin, Taliya Peiris, Hannah Purnell, Nyanna Raj, Emily Salib, Lily Salib, Ava  Tomren, Ava Villareal    




Lauren Gold


Claire Mirkarimi, Kylie Steuben, Noelle Tham, Katelin Young


Dawna Ching, Arianna Grasso, Natalie  Gray, Evea Guo, Ella Kwon, Christelle Lombos, Anika Salazar-Perez, Kaylee Souder, Sanskriti  Vira, Olivia Vue, Veronica Chai, Zi Xuan  Chai, Natalie Chau, Olivia Chen, Aahana Das, Chevelle De Jesus, Jurithza Garcia, Luna Bella  Hellman, Roshni Krishnakumar, Claire Lau, Ganymede Mendoza, Rayah Rizqi , Amruta Venunbaka, Carlie Villa


Jack Henderson

Russian Dolls  

Anbereen Ajina, Dahlia Ajina, Tanushaa Bandyopadhyay, Sofia Bevilacqua, Emma Borden, Sophia Dyer, Amber Kaplenko, Alyssa Lee, Arshia Singh, Keira Tom, Natalia Travancic, Yuktha Yelluru, Abigail Costello, Katherine Cruz, Cara Donnelly-Stewart, Claire Garrison, Ava Geach, Sagarika Ghosh, Miranda Gonzalez, Kaidence Hancock, Tabitha Israel, Makena Miller, Mikayla Nieva, Adaora Onochie, Hande Ozokur, Keya Vaidya, Aisla Villareal   

Mother Ginger

Shannon Gaines


Alize Gabbi Advincula, Iliana Ali, Chloe Francisco, Micah Garcia, Sivanee Mohanraja, Aaliyah Nawabi, Josephine Raymond, Lei’Lani Stewart, Sahasrah Talari, Lillian  Wilson                                 

Candy Canes  

Deeya Agarwal, Hailey Destowet, Amelia Guglielmino, Elly He, Bayyah Keo, Baolyn Lau, Hazel Lucero, Jack Raymond, Shreeya Singh, Frine Samantha Vega                                        

Cotton Candy  

Anjali Ambadi, Sydney Andrade, Sophia Chin, Tylie Crawford, Mohini Gotoskar, Gia Lee, Juliet Moore, Tanya Muramalla, Thalia Nudo, Tanvi Patil, Leela Roy, Kendall Shinzato, Sloan Storelee-Case, Ahnnika Velasquez, Ria Vundavally, Kristy Yasuda                                

Sugar Plum Fairy Variation

Amie Kilgore

Waltz of the Flowers


Dew Drop  

Lauren Gold


Arianna Carter-Monah, Gloria D’Amato, Olivia Gutierrez, Sara Alexis Sanchez, Colette Shew, Kate Cooper, Madeline Dutra, Lauren Gold, Halle Henderson, Olivia Huyler, Jorden Kruzner, Reese Lundin, Amaya Rodriguez, Yujin Shim, Kylie Steuben, Julie Takei, Ashley Torres, Alyssa Villareal, Sophia Welsh, Ashley Woodworth, Katelin Young, Sudiksha Bhaduri, Destiny Blythe, Julia Olsen, Amaya Rodriguez, Zeenia Shahpurwala, Yujin Shim, Ericka Stern, Kendelle Steuben, Julie Takei, Kami Teruya, Kendall Witters    

Waltz Cavalier

Jack Henderson       


Halle Henderson, Olivia Huyler, Jorden Kruzner, Ashley Torres


Ashley Taira, Kendall Witters, Sophia Welsh

Sugar Plum Faeries

Sudiksha Bhaduri, Destiny Blythe, Ericka Stern, Kami Teruya, Amali Hart, Aaralyn Johnston, Michelle Wilson, Arianna Hart, Farrah Zimmer                                         

Sugar Plum Pas de  Deux

Amie Kilgore and Cesar R. Degollado

Choreography and Staging

Cesar R. Delgollado

Additional Choreography

Hannah Varga

Rehearsal Assistant

Cassidy Stoker

Staging Assistants

Desiree Dela Pena

Leah Feighner

Katy Felsinger

Kelly Gordon

Tyler Hildenbrand

Jadell Lee

Devon Magee

Kirsten O’Malley

Cassidy Schweibold

Cassidy Stoker

Jessica Stupak


A word from Nutcracker Director, César Degollado:

I’d like to acknowledge the team of collaborators and talents; those teachers at Tiffany’s Dance Academy whose willingness and graceful involvement in the production is invaluable. I’d also like to thank the gorgeous professional company dancers from ConDanza and the administrative staff from Tiffany’s Dance Academy. They go beyond their responsibilities to extend a helping hand. Thank you to Robbie Teruya and Tiffany Henderson, not only for keeping me in line, but for believing in and supporting this creation. Thank you parents, for entrusting us at TDA with your child’s dance  education and for allowing me to fulfill my vision and mission. Lastly, to the students who are the reason for our tireless work and creative inspiration,  HAVE A GREAT SHOW!!! TOI TOI TOI…