Principal dancers, Dex and Kate Honea, and Joe Cole of FOX21 news are the featured guest artists joining the Colorado Ballet Society and the Colorado Youth Ballet, for the 2018 production of A Colorado Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center in four performances on Saturday, December 22, at 2pm & 7pm; and Sunday, December 23, 2018, at 1pm and 5pm.
“We are honored to have such talented and dedicated professionals joining our production again this year,” says Ballet Society and Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “Dex is the perfect mysterious Nikola Tesla who embodies our Drosselmeyer character, and Kate is the quintessential Sugar Plum Fairy. Joe Cole made a spectacular transition from narrator of the show into starring as General Palmer last year. We are thrilled that he has agreed to join us again to reprise that role!”
“This production has a connection to Colorado Springs and its history, making it one of kind,” claims guest artist, Dex Honea. “It is full of beautiful sets that depict the local scenery and characters that people recognize. It is a privilege to portray a real person with a history in Colorado Springs. Tesla’s influence is electrifying-both on and off the stage! A Colorado Nutcracker is a wonderful story which everyone can enjoy and will complete their holiday spirit.”
Dex Honea danced professionally for fifteen years with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company and Sarasota Ballet and directed the Sarasota Ballet School for five years until recently transitioning into professional photography.
His wife, Kate Honea, will also be guesting in the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. Kate joined Sarasota Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to Principal in 2009.
“When I was a young child and first saw The Nutcracker, I was entranced by the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical presence,” shares Kate. “How she barely touched the floor in her famous solo, and how she interacted with all the young dancers and characters onstage had me mesmerized. I hope to create that same feeling when I perform this role and to inspire other young dancers to follow their dreams. I love how this production is so family friendly and appropriate for all ages. One of my favorite parts is coming on with the Sugar Babes and also getting to meet and take pictures with audience members after the show.”
The opening scene of A Colorado Nutcracker shows the officers of the Salvation Army escorting local orphans to Glen Eyrie for the traditional Christmas Eve celebration at the home of railroad magnate and Colorado Springs’ founder, General William Palmer. Nikola Tesla is seen making his final party preparations at the historic Antlers Hotel, before heading out to the castle with some electrifying surprises for the General’sguests.
“I’m thrilled to be asked back for the performance. It’s an honor to take part in the show. Historically General Palmer was such a prominent figure and so well known in the region,” says Cole. “It’s so unique to bring back someone with such a storied history. I receive feedback about the Nutcracker throughout the year from people in the community. One of the things they really love is how Patty has transformed the production to reflect the local community and history of the area. It’s such a refreshing twist, but the best part of performing with this group is hands down the people, especially the children. The excitement they exude while rehearsing is so fun to be a part of. You can’t help but to be inspired and fueled by their tireless energy and excitement. Such a talented group and so fun to watch them perform from behind the scenes. Great athletes and performers.”