"A Philadelphia Nutcracker" Celebrates Historic Germantown

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Philadelphia Dance Theatre will perform its beloved annual production and local version of the classical ballet to kick off the holiday season.

Performances will be held at the Kurtz Performing Arts Center of the William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. School House Lane in Germantown. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, November 27, and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 28.

Drawing inspiration from the graceful, historic neighborhoods of Germantown, Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill, PDT Artistic Director Joy Delaney-Capponi has re-imagined their charms and personality to fit this seasonal ballet favorite. Set in late 19th century Philadelphia, the distinctive stage production features period streetscapes, storefronts, and homes as the setting for E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. Scenery created by Mount Airy artist and educator, Christopher Fox, feature the historic, Gothic-style Thomas Mansion on Wissahickon Avenue for the Act 1 party scene. The Land of the Snow is set on “Tommy’s Hill,” a longtime favorite sledding spot in Northwest Philadelphia. In Act II, Clara and her Prince make their way from Thomas Mansion, down Tommy’s Hill through Fairmount Park, and onto Germantown Avenue to explore the shops and sample sweets from local bakers, candy makers and purveyors.

Guest artists include Yosbel Delgado, formerly of Pennsylvania Ballet and National Ballet de Cuba, who will return to the role of Cavalier. Richie Romero, a resident of Vineland, New Jersey and currently dancing with First State Ballet Theatre in Newark, Delaware will be featured as the Snow King. Ruka Hatua-Saar White, a member both Armitage Gone! Dance and the Jose Limon company in New York City, will return as Herr Drosselmeyer.

Ticket information is available at http://www.philadancetheatre.org or by calling 215.247.4272.

Tickets are $25 for Adults and $22 for children, students, and seniors. Group rates are available for ten or more.


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Jeanette Aaron