‘The Nutcracker’ Showcases Hawaii State Ballet Alumni

Hawaii State Ballet showcases some of its accomplished alumni — all previous, longtime members of Hawaii State Ballet Junior Company — in this year’s production of The Nutcracker.

Directed by John Landovsky, the ballet will be on stage Dec. 19-21 at Mamiya Theatre on the Saint Louis School campus.

Performance times are Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., Dec. 20 at 3:30 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 21 at 1 and 4:30 p.m.

Kamakoa Page Zablan, owner of Page Academy of Dance, will perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy. She studied at Hawaii State Ballet from an early age and had many lead roles, and was a teacher for the younger levels. Zablan also danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Erica Wong trained at Hawaii State Ballet from age 5 to 18. She danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Milwaukee Ballet. She won first place at the 2010 American Ballet Competition in Austin, Texas. She also has competed internationally. She will take the Flower lead in Waltz of the Flowers.

Nicole Lam, founder of Prisma Dance in Kalihi, danced in the Junior Company for approximately six years and also taught at HSB. She will alternate as the Candy Cane lead.

Mareva Minerbi is working toward her MFA in dance at University of Hawaii, where she teaches beginning ballet and modern technique. She completed a BFA from University of Iowa, where she danced with various companies. She studied dance in Milan, Italy, and danced with Compagnia Italiana D’Opera. She will take the Arabian lead.

Also performing are alumni Molly Browning, Kelsey Sexton, Stormy Dodge, Hohono Rhine and Blake Yamasato, who is a part-time instructor at Hawaii State Ballet.

Tickets are available online at tututix.com/hawaiistate-ballet, or call 855-222-2849. Child, senior citizen, military and group discounts available. For more information, visit the Hawaii State Ballet Facebook page, go to hawaiistateballet.com or call 947-2755.