A Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker

Music by P.I. Tchaikovsky
Produced by RiverStage and Strictly Ballet
Directed by Amy Casimir
Greenspace Center,
815 Market St, Lewisburg

Thank you to our guest artist sponsors Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, and Alan & Martha Barrick!

Friday, December 25th, 3:00 p.m.

It’s Christmas Eve and a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure!  RiverStage Community Theatre and Strictly Ballet are pleased to join forces for our 3rd annual performance of A Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker, which this year presented “Act Two: The Land of the Sweets“! 

Our cast and crew presented this very special production on one night only, December 11th, just before Pennsylvania went into further COVID-19 related lockdown.  We also offered a very special Encore Presentation of our pre-recorded broadcast (online streaming) on Christmas Day!  

This “Act Two” presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet tells the story of how the Sugarplum Fairy rules the Land of the Sweets.  The Prince returns and recounts the tale of how young Clara Stahlbaum helped him escape the Nutcracker enchantment he was under.  In order to celebrate his return and Clara’s bravery, the Sugarplum Fairy announces a celebration with dancing and sweets from each region in the land. Filled with dancers playing the parts of Angels, Flowers, Spanish chocolate, Arabian coffee, Chinese tea, Russian peppermint, Danish Marzipan, and Mother Ginger and her Bon Bons, this new Act Two is not to be missed!

In addition to our community cast with dancers of all ages, we were fortunate enough, thanks to our show sponsors this year, to host special guest artists Isadora Loyola and Roman Zhurbin of the American Ballet Theater in New York City, playing the roles of the Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier!

The Nutcracker has become one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, and the story has enjoyed enormous popularity for over 50 years as it is performed by ballet companies all across North America during the Christmas season, and this production is inspired by the concept of ‘Community Nutcrackers,’ which have been performed in various towns and cities across the United States.