"The Nutcracker"

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21st annual staging of the classic holiday tale features elaborate costumes and local students alongside professional dancers

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The Nutcracker

Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate.

The Nutcracker delights children in almost any form, but in the Roxey Ballet’s 21st annual production, there’s even more to enchant young audiences. A cast of more than 150 dancers—made up of students, local performers, and professional artists—twirl across the stage, with over 200 costume changes. The eye-popping tutus, military uniforms, and wooden pants come courtesy of Alicia Worden and Nilda Roxey, whose designs keep the show as magical as it is family-friendly. The most bewitching aspect of the ballet, however, may be its cast. Katherine Duffy (The Sugar Plum Fairy in some performances) and Tara Seymour (The Snow Queen) danced in Roxey’s Nutcracker as mice when they were children, then both played Clara as teens. Now, the two professional dancers return to the stage that helped make them who they are to twirl, leap, and inspire other local kids to dream big.

Roxey Ballet

Mark Roxey says his troupe is the biggest ballet company in the smallest city in the US. That wasn't exactly the plan in 1995 when he and his wife Melissa founded the Hunterdon Youth Ballet, but as the group evolved, so did their ambitions. They rechristened themselves the Roxey Ballet and grew into a professional touring outfit whose dancers have commanded international recognition and even performed at the inauguration of President Obama. Today, the troupe regularly revisits beloved ballets as well as lesser-known works, often featuring original choreography by Roxey himself or the sentient hologram Roxey sometimes lets stand in for him.

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