A cracking good show

World's best in Auckland for Nutcracker on Ice

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 04/07/2012
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PETER MEECHAM / Fairfax NZ
IMPRESSIVE LINE-UP: The Nutcracker on Ice features 25 competitive figure skaters from the Imperial Ice Stars.

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They have represented their countries at the Olympics and World Championships, now Aucklanders can watch some of the world's best ice skaters recreate the Nutcracker on Ice.

The show, which opened last night, features 25 competitive figure skaters from the Imperial Ice Stars, including four-time figure skating World Champion and dual Olympic gold medallist Evgeny Platov, and dual World Champion Maxim Staviski.

Led by artistic director Tony Mercer - the world's leading creator of contemporary theatre-on-ice - the troop is set to wow audiences with high-speed leaps, throws and acrobatics.

The Nutcracker on Ice, set in early 1900s St Petersburg, follows the classic Russian tale of Maria, the little girl whose love brings to life her cherished Nutcracker doll and her adventures with the Mouse King, the enchanted Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The show features sets by leading Australian scenic designer Eamon D'Arcy in this his fourth Imperial Ice Stars show, opulent costumes, and special effects.

Over the last eight years, The Imperial Ice Stars have performed to more than three million people around the world. Previous shows include Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Cinderella on Ice.

The Nutcracker on Ice: July 3 - 8 - ASB Theatre, Auckland. Tickets from Buy Tickets

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