Schuylkill Ballet brings ‘ The Nutcracker’ to stage next weekend
Alocal dance production of a familiar story— which has become a holiday tradition formany — being performed nextweekend will look a lot like a family affair.
The Schuylkill Ballet Theatre is set to deliver its 38th annual performance of “The Nut cracker” at 7 p. m. Nov. 25 and 3 p. m. Nov. 26 in the Zwerling Auditorium at Schuylkill Haven Area High School, 501 E. Main St. Tickets are $ 12 at the door, but those planning to attend can save money by purchasing them online at the theater’s website, with prices at $10 for adults, $8 for students/ seniors and $6 for children, according to Jill Krewson, vice president of the theater board for the last six years.
This year’s cast will feature four members of the Bensinger family, New Ringgold. Sheridan Bensinger, the youngest daughter, is set to play Clara; Michael, her father, is set to play Dr. Stahlbaum, Clara’s father; Megan, a daughter, will play the Sugar Plum Fairy, a snowflake and a party scene parent; and Aaron, a son, will play Harlequin, Mouse King, French Marzipan and Cavalier with Dew Drop, Kelly Karpovich, according to Viv Connor, artistic director and choreographer at SBT.
“His ( Aaron’s) strength as a football player is a bonus to all the girls he partners! Aaron is an adept partner and the girls have no fear,” Connor said.
Other cast members include Haley Rymarkiewicz as a Gypsy Doll; Abigail Boyer, Isabella Korell, Lydia Meade and Alexa Ziegler as Porcelain Dolls; and Hannah Houtz as a Jack- in- the- Box, Connor said.
The Ben singers also have a few family members working behind the scenes for the production, with Nina Bensinger, the eldest daughter, as the SBT photographer, and Michelle, Michael’s wife and mother of the children, being the main seamstress. Assisting with choreography is Sarah Schimpf, daughter of Janet Bair, SBT’s president, Krewson said.
“The Nutcracker” is a ballet based on an adaptation of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” with the original score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa. The ballet first debuted in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892. This year marks the 125th anniversary of its premiere, and it has made its mark as a Christmas- season rite since.
“Each year our audience has grown. Many have made ‘ The Nutcracker’ ballet a Christmas tradition and their favorite way to begin the holiday season,” Connor said.
“SBT’s ‘ The Nutcracker’ has always been family- oriented, meaning even the youngest member of our audience will be enthralled with the dancers, the story and the overall entertainment of the performances,” Krewson said.
SBT’s next production will be its spring performance of “Sleeping Beauty” at 7 p. m. April 7 and 3 p. m. April 8 at Schuylkill Haven Area High School, with Schimpf directing choreography.
For more information, visit the SBT website at www.schuylkillballet.com or its Facebook page.
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Amanda Johns portrayed a soliderette and Justin Boudreaux a solider during last year’s Schuylkill Ballet Theatre performance of “The Nutcracker.” This year’s production will be held at 7 p. m. Nov. 25 and 3 p. m. Nov. 26 at Schuylkill Haven Area High...