A guide to ‘Nutcracker Season’ in New Jersey

American Repertory Ballet has performances of "The Nutcracker" scheduled at various New Jersey venues between Nov. 22 and Dec. 21.

LEIGHTON CHEN

American Repertory Ballet has performances of “The Nutcracker” scheduled at various New Jersey venues between Nov. 22 and Dec. 21.

Yes, it’s still a week before Thanksgiving. But Nutcracker Season is here. Starting this weekend, stages throughout New Jersey will be filled with different versions of the beloved ballet — mostly traditional, but some quite modern and unconventional. Here is a rundown:

• New Jersey Ballet is taking its “Nutcracker” on a statewide tour, with performances at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Courthouse, Nov. 23; The Levoy Theater in Millville, Nov. 30; The Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, Dec. 6-7; and The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, Dec. 12-14 and 18-24.

• Also on a statewide tour: American Repertory Ballet‘s annual “Nutcracker,” which will be at the Union Country Performing Arts Center in Rahway, Nov. 22; the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Nov. 26 and 28-29 (with a Nutcracker Sweets tea party) on the 28th, between the 1 and 4:30 p.m. show; the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, Dec. 6; the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, Dec. 13-14; and the State Theatre in New Brunswick (featuring a live orchestra and the Princeton GirlChoir), Dec. 19-21.

• The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark presents a “Hip-Hop Nutcracker,” Dec. 5-6. The production moves the story to contemporary New York, and features contributions from rapper Kurtis Blow, DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.

• The Growing Stage in Netcong presents its family-oriented “The Story of the Nutcracker,” adapted from the Tchaikovsky ballet, Nov. 21-23 and 28-30 and Dec. 5-7, 12-14 and 21-23.

• A cast of more than 150 will participate in the Roxey Ballet‘s 20th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” at the Kendall Theater at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1 and 5-7.

• The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg will present Moscow Ballet’s staging of “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” Dec. 12.

• The New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble brings its “Nutcracker” to the Wilkins Theatre at Kean University in Union, Dec. 13-14.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre brings its "El Sueno (The Dream)" to West Windsor, Dec. 13, and Rahway, Jan. 4.

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Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre brings its “El Sueno (The Dream)” to West Windsor, Dec. 13, and Rahway, Jan. 4

• Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre brings its holiday production “El Sueño” (The Dream), which combines elements of the “Nutcracker” story with a traditional Three Kings Day celebration, to the Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, Dec. 13 (with a show for schools on Dec. 12), and the Hamilton Stage in Rahway, Jan. 4 (with a show for schools on Jan. 6).

• Graham Lustig “A Jazzy Nutcracker,” with live music by a jazz sextet and a setting in the 1960s London, takes place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Dec. 6, and the Monroe Performing Arts Center in Monroe Township, Dec. 12-13.

• New Jersey Youth Ballet will present its family-oriented “Nutcracker” at the Bridgewater Senior Center, Dec. 6; the Brook Theatre in Bound Brook, Dec. 13; Hillsborough High School on Dec. 14; and the Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, Dec. 19-21.

• Atlantic City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at the Stockton Performing Arts Center in Pomona, Dec. 12-13, and partners with the Garden State Philharmonic for shows at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, Dec. 18-23.

• Ballet for Young Audiences’ “The Nutcracker” takes place Nov. 23 at the Main Stage of the Grunin Center at Ocean County College in Toms River.

• NJ Civic Youth Ballet presents its “Nutcracker” at the Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center at Centenary College in Hackettstown, Dec. 19-21.

• The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank presents the 29th annual “Nutcracker” by the Company of Dance Arts Dec. 13-14, with school shows Dec. 11-12.

 

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