It’s Nutcracker Time! American Repertory Ballet Announces Its 2017 Nutcracker Season

Nutcracker Photo credit: Leighton Chen

From American Repertory Ballet:

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) announces its 2017 Nutcracker season, November 18 through December 23, at venues across New Jersey: Union County Performing Arts Center (Rahway), McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton), Patriots Theater at the War Memorial (Trenton), South Orange Performing Arts Center (South Orange) and State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick). This season, due to popular demand, ARB adds a sixth venue to its roster – Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park.

“Nutcracker is our annual celebration of family and community, of childhood and fantasy, hope and joy,” says Douglas Martin, Artistic Director. “It brings us together, slows down the hectic pace of our daily routines and helps us focus on what really matters, family and community.”

ARB’s Nutcracker is a holiday classic set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score with a cast of over 100 performers, featuring the professional, international dancers of American Repertory Ballet and select students from Princeton Ballet School, the official school of ARB. A holiday tradition since 1964, ARB’s production is the longest-running Nutcracker in New Jersey and one of the longest consecutively-running in the United States.

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American Repertory Ballet officially kicks off Nutcracker season on November 18 at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. On November 19, ARB presents a sensory-friendly production of Nutcracker. This abridged, one-hour performance is especially for children and adults with special needs and is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of the UC Sensory-Friendly Theatre series.

Nutcracker performances continue at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton during Thanksgiving weekend and at Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton, featuring the Trenton Children’s Chorus, on December 2. The performances at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick will feature a live orchestra and Princeton Girlchoir, under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt, December 15 through 17.

A holiday favorite among student audiences. Due to demand, a second School-Time Matinee was recently added at the State Theatre New Jersey and at South Orange Performing Arts Center, December 7 through December 9, the company will perform three School-Time Matinees and three public performances over the weekend.

“We are proud to present our Nutcracker at times when schools can bring children to the theater and introduce them to live, professional performance art, ˮ says Julie Diana Hench, Executive Director. “Nutcracker is a great introduction to ballet, an educational opportunity, and adds to the magic of the holiday season.ˮ

With the addition of the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park for three performance, December 22 and December 23, ARB brings the joy of this holiday classic to even more communities throughout the state.

Terra Momo restaurant group will once again partner with ARB this season. Terra Momo will offer ARB’s Nutcracker ticket holders 20% off a meal at any of its three restaurants: Eno Terra in Kingston, Mediterra in Princeton, or Teresa Caffe in Princeton.

American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. The performing company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. To learn more, visit American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.