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Miyoko Koyasu and Emma Hawes Debut as Alice

February 22, 2019

Chelsy Meiss First Female Mad Hatter
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Perfect for March Break

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by acclaimed British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Having performed to sold-out houses in London, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Toronto, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts March 7—17, 2019. #AlicesAdventuresInWonderlandNBC

Opening night Alice will be performed by Principal Dancer Jillian Vanstone who danced the role in the North American premiere in 2011. Making their debuts in the title role of Alice this season are First Soloist Emma Hawes and Second Soloist Miyoko Koyasu.

Principal Dancers Skylar Campbell, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Harrison James will debut in the role of Jack/The Knave of Hearts.

Making their debuts as Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit are First Soloist Brendan Saye, Second Soloist Christopher Gerty and Corps de Ballet member Siphesihle November.

Principal Dancer Heather Ogden and First Soloist Hannah Fischer make their debuts as Mother/The Queen of Hearts, with Second Soloist Brent Parolin debuting as Father/The King of Hearts.

First Soloist Chelsy Meiss will make her debut as the Magician/Mad Hatter, marking the first time the role has been danced by a woman. Second Soloist Donald Thom makes his company debut in the tap-dancing role.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been hailed “a brilliantly theatrical, superbly designed extravaganza of colour and costume, madcap action and fluent dance.” (The New York Times) with an original score by British composer Joby Talbot, designs by Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley and lighting by Natasha Katz.

First Soloist Tanya Howard celebrates her 20th anniversary with the National Ballet during the 2018/19 season. Ms. Howard’s milestone will be celebrated at the March 16, 2019 matinee performance when she reprises the role of Mother/The Queen of Hearts.

Tanya Howard’s Biography >

Principal Casting

Alice
Jillian Vanstone (March 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (March 8, 15 at 7:30 pm)
Miyoko Koyasu* (March 9, 16 at 2:00 pm/March 12 at 7:30 pm)
Emma Hawes* (March 10, 17 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)

Jack/The Knave of Hearts
Francesco Gabriele Frola* (March 7, 9, 10 at 7:30 pm)
Harrison James* (March 8, 13, 15 at 7:30 pm/March 10, 17 at 2:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell* (March 9, 16 at 2:00 pm/March 12 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 14, 16 at 7:30 pm)

Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit
Skylar Campbell (March 7, 10, 14 at 7:30 pm)
Brendan Saye* (March 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Siphesihle November* (March 9, 16 at 2:00 pm/March 12 at 7:30 pm)
Christopher Gerty* (March 10, 17 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)

Mother/The Queen of Hearts
Greta Hodgkinson (March 7, 9, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (March 8, 15 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden* (March 9 at 2:00 pm/March 10, 14 at 7:30 pm)
Hannah Fischer* (March 10, 17 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Tanya Howard (March 12 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)

Father/The King of Hearts
Rex Harrington (March 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 10, 17 at 2:00 pm)
Brent Parolin* (March 8, 12, 15 at 7:30 pm/March 9, 16 at 2:00 pm)

Magician/Mad Hatter
Donald Thom(March 7, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Chelsy Meiss* (March 9, 16 at 2:00 pm/March 12 at 7:30 pm)
Ben Rudisin (March 10, 17 at 2:00 pm/March 13 at 7:30 pm)
Jack Bertinshaw (March 10, 14 at 7:30 pm)

* Debut      Company Debut

All casting subject to change.

More Information on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland >


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Lead philanthropic support for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace McCain & Margaret McCain, C.C.

Skylar Campbell is sponsored through Dancers First by Tricia Younger.

Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.

Francesco Gabriele Frola is sponsored through Dancers First by Sherry and Edward Drew.

Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.

Elena Lobsanova is sponsored through Dancers First by Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan.

Svetlana Lunkina is sponsored through Dancers First by Anna McCowan-Johnson & Donald K. Johnson, O.C.

Heather Ogden is sponsored through Dancers First by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

Jillian Vanstone is sponsored through Dancers First by George & Kathy Dembroski.

Hannah Fischer is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Tanya Howard is sponsored through Dancers First by Nancy Pencer.

Chelsy Meiss is sponsored through Dancers First by Diana St. B. Weatherall.

Brendan Saye is sponsored through Dancers First by Robin Vaile Robinson.

Christopher Gerty is sponsored through Dancers First by Ms. Nancy Viner & Dr. Raymond Stein.

Ben Rudisin is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.

Siphesihle November is sponsored through Dancers First by Jerry & Joan Lozinski.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Contact Information

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