The Nutcracker

Somerset County’s Nutcracker The adventure and excitement of the Nutcracker is a great way to celebrate the holidays! The thrill of seeing a ballet performed live and the imaginative tale of a toy coming to life bring joy to audiences of all ages. Discover the excitement for yourself, and see why families everywhere enjoy this classic ballet every year. This beautiful tale tells the story of Clara’s Christmas Eve adventures. When she’s given a nutcracker for Christmas she falls immediately in love with it. After falling asleep with her new toy, she wakes up to find that the nutcracker is defending her from an army of mice, led by the Mouse King! After they defeat the Mouse King, her nutcracker becomes a handsome prince! They travel to a magical land where the Sugar Plum fairy invites them to enjoy performances by several unique characters. This magical night ends when Clara awakes, but the joy and adventure can be relived time and time again. The beauty of live theatre is that each performance is unique. Even with the same cast, no two shows are the same. The energy shared by the cast and the audience create an atmosphere that will never be perfectly duplicated again. Live theatre also presents the thrill of knowing that each leap and pirouette are happening right then and there! Unlike a film where performers are frozen in that moment of perfect execution, watching a show live creates suspense as the audience waits to see what happens next. Not only is each performance different, but casting also changes the show. Each cast brings something new to...

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker Ballet Perhaps one of the best known holiday stories; A winter tradition for many, the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker is a classic that is enjoyed by audiences of all ages. This holiday story of magic, adventure, and childhood never goes out of style and brings joy to audiences everywhere. The Nutcracker is a fun and versatile show sure to thrill you again and again! This beautiful tale takes the audience on a magical journey. From a Christmas Eve party with a girl and her broken toy to a fantasy land, it is a story that has been enjoyed by families over and over. It begins with a holiday party where the children receive gifts, and Clara’s new nutcracker is the best of all! After the stroke of midnight, the magic really begins as Clara’s nutcracker defends her from an army of mice led by the Mouse King! With her help, the mice are defeated and the Somerset County Nutcracker turns into a handsome prince! He whisks her away to a magical land where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. After a celebration featuring several wonderful dances, Clara wakes up holding her nutcracker. Even though the dream must end, it’s one worth revisiting again and again to experience the magic of the Nutcracker ballet! One of the best things about a show like the Nutcracker ballet is that as a live performance it’s a new show every time! Live theatre allows the audience to enjoy the suspense as each lift, pirouette, and leap is executed. The thrill is fresh as the Nutcracker and Clara...

New Jersey Nutcracker

New Jersey Nutcracker What better way to celebrate the holidays than by enjoying a performance of the Nutcracker? This ballet is a holiday tradition that many families enjoy each year. Whether presented by a professional dance company or by a dance school, the story is endearing and fun to watch again and again. Join the characters on a fantastic journey filled with adventure and an amazing cast of characters! Let the dancers take you on a journey into magical lands! Beginning at a Christmas party, the story follows Clara as she is given her present, a nutcracker. She is immediately attached to it, and at the end of the party she falls asleep with him. Everyone knows that midnight brings magic, and this story is no different. Clara awakes to find herself under attack by a mouse army, led by none other than the Mouse Queen! Every good story has a handsome prince, and that is exactly what Clara’s toy becomes. Together they defeat the Mouse King and his army, before they travel to a dream land! There they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and are invited to enjoy the festivities as a variety of fantastic characters present their dances. Eventually Clara wakes up to find that she is at home and that her prince is once again a nutcracker. While all dreams, including Clara’s, have to end, you can always look forward to the next time. One of the best things about the Nutcracker is that you can enjoy the show no matter how many performances you’ve seen. Whether it’s your first time or your twentieth time, this...

The Nutcracker for Children

The Nutcracker for Children Dance Connection Dancers have been practicing all year to present this magical ballet to the families and community of Somerset county. They’ve been taking dance classes multiple times a week to prepare this holiday favorite. A favorite holiday tradition for many is seeing the Nutcracker ballet. For children this is a magical event filled with wonder and excitement. The joy of seeing a live ballet is something that can be experienced over and over, whether it’s once a year, once every five years, or once a decade. This show has thrilled audiences since its first performance in 1892, and will continue to do so for many more years to come! One of the many joys of live performances is watching talented dancers bring the characters and the story to life! The Nutcracker ballet, for children and adults, is a fantastic experience that will bring a smile to every face. The best part is that it can be seen an infinite number of times! The beauty of live performances is that no two are exactly the same. Whether it’s simply a different night with new energy or a completely different cast, every show is unique. You never know if a dancer will perform her leap perfectly until she’s landed. Likewise, you never know if Clara and the Nutcracker will defeat the Mouse King until they have done it! The thrill of live theater never fades, and the Nutcracker ballet, for children especially, is one of the most magical ways to experience a live performance. Not only is it great for children, but this fun ballet can...