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Pottstown Dance Theatre Brings Back Classic Nutcracker


The Pottstown Dance Theatre Repertory Ensemble will bring back the classic family tradition, “The Nutcracker” to Boyertown Area High School this winter. Last year, due to the pandemic, PDTRE performed virtually and did excerpts from the Holiday show along with other dances from various countries entitled “Christmas Around the World”. This year the student company

is hoping to perform the full-length ballet live in Boyertown on Dec. 11 at 7pm and Dec. 12 at 2pm.

The performanc­e is choreograp­hed by artistic director Michelle Jones Wurtz with some works from instructor­s Diane Alex-Brody and Kelsey Nieckoski. Sophia Bischof will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Teagan Lee will perform as Clara. Two graduating seniors, Megan Groth and Ashley Reicher, will share their talents as the Arabian Dancer and the Snow Queen respective­ly. Owen Bernhardt will perform the title role of the Nutcracker; and Emma Wenerowicz, a student at Boyertown High, will “fight” him as the Mouse King. This is a fun ballet the entire family can enjoy!

One of things that is great about “The Nutcracker” is its appeal to everyone. You do not have to be a ballet connoisseu­r to appreciate the performanc­e. It is just a fun family Holiday event like picking a tree and decorating the house. Also, there are dances from all around the globe including Spain, Russia, and China. Thanks to local talent, there’s no need to drive all the way to Philadelph­ia to see this beloved classic. Boyertown is central to the entire Tri-County region.

Tickets are $18 for adults in advance ($22 at the box office) and $15 for students/seniors in advance ($18 at the box office). They can be purchased at the Pottstown Dance Theatre at 72 West Main St., Pottstown, by calling 610-323-2569; or online through Dance Box Office at www.pottstownd­ The only way this performanc­e will be allowed to remain live is if COVID cases remain low, so audience members will need to wear masks and there will be socially distanced seating. The dancers are super excited to be back, so bring your whole family for a great Holiday celebratio­n!

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