Toledo Ballet's 80th Anniversary Nutcracker: A Tribute to Marie Bollinger-Vogt

Dance Series

Stranahan Theater

Season: 2020-2021

December 11 - 13, 2020

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December 11, 2020, 7 PM
December 12, 2020, 2 PM & 7 PM (7PM livestreaming)
December 13, 2020, 1 PM & 5 PM (1PM livestreaming)

Lisa Mayer-Lang, artistic director
Gen Horiuchi, choreographer
with additional choreography by Lisa Mayer-Lang and Marie Bollinger-Vogt

Far-off places, daring toy soldiers, an enchanted Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy! Bring your family and experience Toledo Ballet's 80th Anniversary Nutcracker, the longest-running continuous production in the nation!

These special performances are dedicated to the life and work of Marie Bollinger-Vogt, Founder of Toledo Ballet.

The health and safety of our audiences, musicians, staff, and volunteers are of the utmost importance to us. We're continuing to follow the social distancing guidelines recommended by the State of Ohio to ensure the safest environment for all. Limited tickets available for in-person attendance until further notice. CLICK HERE to learn more about streaming options.

We are in constant communication with our local and state health officials and partners at the Toledo Museum of Art regarding COVID-19 conditions. While we have stringent health and safety measures in place for this event, this performance is subject to change due to COVID-19.

Contact the Box Office at 419.246.8000 for information on child/student ticket pricing.

Toys for Tots

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Stranahan Theater during the Nutcraker performances to help the Marines and Toys for Tots give deserving families a Christmas they will always remember! The donation box will be located in the lobby by the theater entrance.

Contact the Box Office at 419.246.8000 for information on child/student ticket pricing.

Lisa Mayer-Lang began studying dance at Toledo Ballet at the age of six, under the direction of Marie Bollinger Vogt and Madame Velta Cernonok. Two years later at the age of eight, she was cast in the coveted role of Clara in The Nutcracker, which began a lifelong passion of Ballet and the performing arts.

Ms. Mayer-Lang furthered her studies at the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Camp, with the prestigious Toscanini Scholarship. She trained with Larry Long at Ruth Page in Chicago, and Ballet West with the legendary William Christiansen, Toni Lander and Bruce Marks. At the age of eighteen, she moved to New York City, where Ms. Mayer-Lang continued her studies with the top Ballet Masters of the world. She performed professionally as a ballerina, toured the world partnering with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Gen Horiuchi. Ms. Mayer-Lang ultimately landed on Broadway dancing, singing and acting in Lead roles as Belle in Beauty and the BeastCarousel at Lincoln Center with Audra McDonald, CATS as Sillabub and Victoria, Kiss Me KateThoroughly Modern Millie with Sutton Foster and Wonderful Town with Brooke Shields. Ms. Mayer-Lang has performed at the Kennedy Center as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Carnegie Hall in The Leading Ladies of Broadway alongside Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Barbara Cook, among many others. Other great performing experiences include dancing with Gene Kelly, Willie Nelson and opposite Patrick Wilson in Barry Manilow’s Harmony, at LaJolla Playhouse.

This is Ms. Mayer-Lang’s 14th year as Toledo Ballet’s School Director; in 2014, she received thde additional appointment of Artistic Director. Ms. Mayer-Lang is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. When she is not at Toledo Ballet, Ms. Mayer-Lang is an adjunct professor at The University of Michigan teaching in the world-renowned Musical Theatre Department.

Michael Lang has been a resident Director / Choreographer for Toledo Ballet since 2007. He has created eleven original full length productions for Toledo Ballet including: Ballet Tapestry (2007); Outside the Lines (2008); Press One for More Options (2010), Museum of Dreams (2011), If These Walls Could Dance (2012), From Heart to Quill (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016), Tales of Grimm…(2017), Broadway at the Ballet (2018), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2019).

Other choreographic credits include: Carmina Burana (2020) and Original Source with TSO (2019), Degas and the Dance—Awkward Girl with TMA (2015), All are One with TMA—inspired by and interactively performed with Artist Pineree Sanpitak’s Anything Can Break (2015); Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with TSO (2015). Tied Notes (2013), The Soldier’s Tale with TSO (2012); and Révérence—A Tribute to Marie Vogt (2009) 

Michael performed for over three decades in Indianapolis (where he is originally from), Chicago, Los Angeles, Hamburg Germany, Miami, Orlando, and New York City. Michael was a dancer, high aerial tumbler, and a stuntman and he performed for more than a decade in the original Los Angeles & NYC productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Michael is a Certified Personal Trainer, a NCPT Certified Pilates instructor, and a NY, OH, & MI Licensed Massage Therapist.  At the Toledo Ballet he teaches Contemporary Dance, Musical Theater, Acting, Conditioning, Pilates, and Ballerina Warrior (a self-defense class for girls).  Michael is also head of Performance Outreach and he is the Director of The Toledo Ballet Pilates & Wellness Studio. 

Caitlin Valentine began her training in New Jersey before joining Orlando Ballet at age 16, led by Fernando Bujones.  She later danced at Colorado Ballet as a soloist.  Throughout her career, Caitlin has performed not only soloist roles, but also numerous principal roles including Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle in Giselle, Dorothy in Dorothy and the Prince of Oz, Cinderella in Cinderella, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, The Survivor in Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, Tinkerbell in Peter PanSugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Guinevere in Camelot. She has been featured in contemporary works by Edwaard Liang, Val Caniparoli, Matthew Neenan, Dwight Rhoden, Amy Siewert, Christopher Wheeldon and has enjoyed performing lead roles in George Balanchine’s RubiesSerenade, Square Dance, Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations and Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free.  Caitlin’s awards and honors include a Bronze Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2003, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2005, and a Jury Award recipient at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006.  This is Caitlin’s sixth season with BalletMet.

Miguel Anaya, originally from Havana, Cuba, trained at the Alfonso Perez Isaac School and the Cuban National Ballet School, where he graduated in 2012. He has trained with Ramona de Saa, Marta Iris, Nor Maria, Ana Julia Bermudez, Magaly Suarez, Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Alberto Mendez. He danced with the Washington Ballet Company during the 2014-15 season, performing various Septime Webre ballets including Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Anaya also danced the role of Siegfried in Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake while with the Washington Ballet. Mr. Anaya was invited to the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Youth America Grand Prix in 2011. In 2012, he won the Grand Prix National Competition in Cuba, and performed as a soloist dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Alicia Alonso. While dancing with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, he performed as Basilio in Don Quixote.

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