New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with the NJSO
When the curtain rises on New Jersey Ballet’s sensational Nutcracker, audiences at the production’s home at the Mayo Performing Arts Center can expect the eye-popping special effects, brilliant dancing, glorious costumes and the magic and pantomime that have inspired critics to call it “A spectacle that never seems to age … magic that should go on and on,” and “One of the best … as good as it gets.” New this year, the Nutcracker at MPAC will feature the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gary S. Fagin.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker, making it the longest running original professional production in the state. The production debuted in Millburn in 1971 with international star of New York City Ballet Edward Villella as the Cavalier. Since then, the company has given approximately 800 performances in theatres throughout New Jersey, with more than 5,000 dancers and children, and over a million viewers. Don’t miss sharing this cherished holiday tradition with your family, as generations have done since its inception!
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker
Based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E. T. A. Hoffman
NEW JERSEY BALLET
Carolyn Clark, director
Paul H. McRae, assistant director
George Tomal & Joseph Carow, choreographers
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Gary S. Fagin, conductor
New Jersey Ballet’s extensive performance schedule is made possible in part by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Star-Ledger and by other generous corporate, foundation, and individual contributors.