Children of all ages will be dreaming of sugarplums this holiday season, when the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre (CBT) presents its original version of the traditional family favorite, “The Nutcracker” at the Capitol Theatre in two matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 19th and 20th, at 3:00 p.m.
A cast of more than 40 local dancers, including CBT members well as Guest Children from the CBT School, was chosen by audition in September for their roles in “The Nutcracker.” Choreography, costume design, and production direction are by CBT Artistic Director Lavinia Reid, with the aid of Ballet Mistress Ruth Mugg, Assistant Ballet Mistress Ellen Diehl, and a team of six rehearsal assistants. Guest Artist Lawrence Neuhauser, who hails from New York City and performs across the United States, will perform the roles of The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Prince. Allen MacNeill, a veteran Shakespearean actor and Senior Lecturer in Biology at Cornell University has performed Ms. Reid’s “Nutcracker” for over 30 years at theater venues across upstate New York, including Canandaigua, Cortland, Homer, and Geneva, and others, will portray Drosselmeyer.
Tickets for the CBT’s “The Nutcracker” are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, (717) 263-0202, or online, at: www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Prices, which include ticketing fees, are as follows: Adults – $16; Students – $13; Children under 5 years – FREE; Groups of 10 or more adults – $15/person; Groups of students – $12/student. The Capitol Theatre is located at 159 South Main Street in Chambersburg, PA.