State Theatre Presents Christmas Classic “The Nutcracker”

(Photo credit: George Jones)

(Photo credit: George Jones)

(Photo credit: George Jones)

(Photo credit: George Jones)

NEW BRUNSWICK—State Theatre will present the 50th anniversary production of the American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker for four performances on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. These performances feature Tchaikovsky’s score played live by an orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt, and vocal by the Princeton Girlchoir. Tickets range from $32-67.

American Repertory Ballet, formerly known as Princeton Ballet, has been performing its Nutcracker at State Theatre for over 20 years. American Repertory Ballet’s current version of Nutcracker is choreographed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, with additional choreography by Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, features the Act I Party and Battle scenes from Company Founder Audrée Estey’s original production. This year, there will be a brand new growing Christmas tree, designed by Carl Sprague.

ARB’s Nutcracker is a special opportunity for select students from Princeton Ballet School to join the professional company on stage. Many are from Middlesex and Mercer counties. Some students from Princeton Ballet School’s New Brunswick location will be performing at the New Brunswick tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 6 at the corner of Livingston Avenue and George Street, in front of Monument Square, from 5-7 p.m. These New Brunswick students are DANCE POWER Scholars—students who were selected from American Repertory Ballet’s DANCE POWER program in New Brunswick Public Schools to attend Princeton Ballet School on full scholarship.

Princeton Ballet School Director Mary Pat Robertson will be hosting Pre-Performance Insights on Saturday, Dec. 21 at noon (prior to the 1 p.m. show); Saturday, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. (prior to the 4:30 p.m. show), and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. (prior to the 1 p.m. show). These lectures, which will introduce people to the ballet’s story and characters before the show, will be held at the united Methodist Church at 323 George Street (diagonally across the street from the theatre).

Roberston will also host a post-performance discussion with costumed characters after the 1 p.m. performance on Dec. 21. This will be a special chance for audience members to meet the dancers, ask questions, and request autographs.

Top sponsors of ARB’s 50th Annual Nutcracker Season include: New Brunswick Development Corporation, Covance Foundation, The Charles and Rachel Gray Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and Hampton Inn. Town Topics and Princeton Magazine, Packet Media, NJ Family, Bucks County Courier, Bucks Life Magazine, Moxie Woman Magazine, and Princeton Alumni Weekly are media sponsors.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-7469, or visit Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

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