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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM A MARVELOUS ‘NUTCRACKER’: Conductor Ann Krinitsky, left, celebrated backstage with guest stars Andrew Veyette, Lilyan Vigo Ellis, Joaquin DeLuz and John Selya?after Ballet Hawaii’s 2013 production of “The Nutcracker” opened Dec. 20 in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Veyette earned applause for his Russian solo, Vigo Ellis was exquisite as the Snow Queen and Selya reprised his crowd-pleasing turn as the moon-walking Soldier Doll. DeLuz was superb as the Cavalier.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘CONGRATULATIONS, SGT. NABORS!’: Jim Nabors, fourth from left, was guest of honor at a “wetting-down party” commemorating his promotion to honorary Marine sergeant Dec. 17 at the Pacific Club. Lt. Gen. Tom Conant, left, and retired Gen. Hank Stackpole were on hand as Lt. Gen. Terry Robling and Sgt. Maj. William Stables presented Nabors with his sergeant’s stripes and cover (cap). Nabors, of course, starred in the ’60s TV series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM JAY?LARRIN’S CHRISTMAS SHOW: Jay Larrin, left, talked with Ka‘upena Wong before showtime Dec. 21 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Wong opened the show with chants honoring Princess Pauahi and Queen Emma, and explained their relevance at Christmas. Larrin suggested everyone get into the Christmas spirit by putting their hand on the knee of the person next to them but to “do it in a Christian way.” Musical highlights included Larrin’s spirited renditions of “I Wish You Forever Hawaii” and “The Snows of Mauna Kea.”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM A MARVELOUS ‘NUTCRACKER’: First-time guest artists Rick Hoffman, left, and Steven Heathcote, right, partied with Derek Daniels (Le Mere Guignol), Timour Bourtasenkov (Dr. Silberhaus/Spanish) and Sterling Hyltin (Colombine Doll/Arabian). Heathcote’s portrayal of Drosselmeyer as ominous but exuberant, and director Pamela Taylor Tongg’s decision to have two grandfathers — McNamee and Hoffman — instead of the usual one, were the big changes for 2013.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM A MARVELOUS ‘NUTCRACKER’: Ballet Hawaii Vice President Dr. Philip I. McNamee, right, joined Megan Fairchild (Sugar Plum Fairy) in welcoming Amar Ramasar, whose sensuous performance in the Arabian segment made his Hawaii debut a memorable one.