Kaleidoscope, Graduation Ball, The Nutcracker
Dayne Cory as Soldier in 'The Nutcracker'

Kaleidoscope, Graduation Ball, The Nutcracker

March 2nd, 1962 — March 3rd, 1962


The spirit of Christmas-out-of-season, but none-the-less welcome for that, came to the City Hall last night when the Queensland Ballet Society presented “The Nutcracker Suite”.

Though it was an ambitious undertaking, the dancers thoroughly succeeded in capturing the festive atmosphere of this delightful ballet.

The magician, the Christmas tree that grows, the little girls with their dolls and the naughty boys with their whistles, the glittering snow flakes, and the giant Chinese teapot were all there.

Climax charm

The transformation of the Nutcracker into a fairy prince was skilfully contrived.

The exacting waltz of the snow flakes, finely performed by dancers who showed credible suppleness in arabesque and jeté made a charming climax to the first act.

Guest artist Lexie Kunze, who designed the scenery, was a dazzling Sugar Plum Fairy, impeccable in line and with the technique to make difficult adagio work appear easy. She was ably partnered by Ken Tillson as the Prince.

Margaret Ross, as Clara, delicately conveyed in gesture and mime a little girl’s delight in being transported to “Candy Land”.

The programme which is sponsored by the Lions Club of Brisbane in aid of the Blind Wiomen’s Hostel Appeal will be repeated in the evening.

Review , 3 March 1962


If it were a Royal Command performance no more work could have gone into the recital that the Queensland Ballet Society is preparing.

Three performances of The Nutcracker Suite, Graduation Ball and a modern ballet Kaleidoscope, will be produced by Miss Phyllis Danaher at the City Hall.

More than 45 dancers from eight-year-olds to experienced ballerinas will take part in the shows tomorrow and Saturday.

“Everything from the tutus to the Nutcracker and the Nutcracker mask have been made by members of the society,” wardrobe mistress, Mrs H. Proud, of Virginia, said. “More than 50 costumes have been designed and cut out by Miss Danaher. The sewing has been done by society members and mothers of the children in the recital.”

The most difficult item to make has been the Nutcracker himself, which, complete with teeth and nylon hair, took three days to put together.

The evening performances will begin at 8 p.m. and the matinee at 2 p.m. They will be run by the Lions Club for the Blind Students’ Hostel Appeal.

The Courier-Mail, 1 March 1962

The furniture used in 'The Nutcracker' was courtesy of visual artist Margaret Olley.


Brisbane City Hall
Artistic Director
Meryl Hughes & Lexie Kunze
Production Director
Meryl Hughes, Lexie Kunze & Phyllis Danaher
Meryl Hughes, Lexie Kunze & Phyllis Danaher
Guest Artists
Lexie Kunze - Borovansky Ballet
Kenneth Tillson - Borovansky Ballet
Costume Designer
Phyllis Danaher
Wardrobe Mistress: Elizabeth Proud
Scenic Designer
Lexie Kunze
Lighting Designer
Musical Director
Cyril Martin & Charles Leonard
George Gershwin, Tchaikovsky
Mrs B. Falkiner


  • Inara Svalbe
  • Dayne Cory
  • Rodney Nation
  • Lexie Kunze
  • Kenneth Tillson
  • Meryl Hughes
  • Margaret Ross
  • Kay Egerton
  • Rodney Nation
  • Elaine Wilkinson
  • Verilyn Anderson
  • Jill Rodwell
  • Cheryl Tueslay
  • Jennifer Smythe
  • Angela Brooks
  • Geraldine Turner
  • Austin Parry
  • Franklyn Evans
  • Robert Barlow
  • Cheryl Watson
  • Robyn Allum
  • Annette Cadman
  • Kay Crawford
  • Janice Holden
  • Desley Hammond
  • June Kiss
  • Diana Langan
  • Katherine Ovsiannikoff
  • Jan Whitelaw
  • Shandra Walker
  • Judith Lowe
  • Judith Clark
  • Donald Saunders
  • Geoffrey Rolls
  • Don Lee
  • Denize Dederer
  • Narelle Cooper
  • Val Welch
  • Carolyn Bretnall
  • Jeanette Egerton
  • Peter Atkinson
  • Peter Wickham
  • Ken McCaffrey
  • Des Webster
  • Angela Bretnall
  • Nicole Binzer
  • Vicki Sparks
  • Rosemary Grieves
  • Heidy Vogus
  • Suzanne Smith
  • Judy Deering
  • Julia Cossins
  • Margaret Sullivan
  • Helen Murray
  • Sonia Fields
  • Wendy Ross
  • Ann Poppleston
  • Roslyn Lindner
  • John Corazzol
  • Bridie Cornes
  • Julia Norris
  • Melissa Bretnall
  • Elaine Wilkinson
  • Vicki Flannagan
  • Judy Zetlin

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