Monday, 30 October 2017 10:57

Oswego Players Bring The Nutcracker to Life This Holiday Season

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Cast of The Nutcracker take a break from rehearsal! Back row: Alli Kerr, Nicole Williams, Don DelPiore, Don Austin, Caylyn Salmonsen - Middle: Zachary Demott, Calistea Nichols, Lana Hsu, Brooklyn Saternow, Elizabeth Hobbs, Caitlin Hobbs - Sitting: Leah Norton, Max Clarke, Ben Nichols, Annilea Murphy - Missing from photo - Molly Brown, Audrey Donovan, Avery Farfaglia, Sean Fox, Chloe Helmer, Thi Huynh, Liam Kerr and Maggie O’Leary. Cast of The Nutcracker take a break from rehearsal! Back row: Alli Kerr, Nicole Williams, Don DelPiore, Don Austin, Caylyn Salmonsen - Middle: Zachary Demott, Calistea Nichols, Lana Hsu, Brooklyn Saternow, Elizabeth Hobbs, Caitlin Hobbs - Sitting: Leah Norton, Max Clarke, Ben Nichols, Annilea Murphy - Missing from photo - Molly Brown, Audrey Donovan, Avery Farfaglia, Sean Fox, Chloe Helmer, Thi Huynh, Liam Kerr and Maggie O’Leary. Submitted Photo

At a gala Christmas Eve party, Clara's godfather presents her with an amazing Nutcracker in the form of a wooden soldier.

Too excited to sleep, she suddenly finds the Nutcracker brought to life. He tells her he is a prince under the wicked enchantment of the Mouse King, and she joins him in a series of adventures in strange lands as he seeks to regain his throne. When she wakes, she finds the Nutcracker gone. Was it a dream or not? Then her godfather returns with his nephew—who just happens to look exactly like the prince! This charming play will be peppered with ballet dances to the music of Tchaikovsky.

“I thought it would be amazing to bring this holiday comedy classic to life with a local cast of kiddos (and a few adults) and some adorable choreography and costumes this year!” gushed Director Jennifer Snow. Jennifer has been directing the Christmas show for the Oswego Players for a lot of years… sixteen to be exact! "I love being the person that gets to direct the kid's Christmas show every year because these kids really know how to make the spirit of Christmas come alive in every performance. It is a pleasure having so many talented young actors at my fingertips who are such amazing and hard workers!!!"

Serving up the “adorable choreography” is local actor/director/choreographer Jessie Dobrzynski. Jessie brings 26 years of dance experience, 5 of them serving community theatre and children's theatre organizations in the Syracuse area.

The Nutcracker cast includes local favorites - Molly Brown, Zachary Demott, Donald DePriore, Sean Fox, Thi Huynh, Lana Hsu, Leah Norton and Brooklyn Saternow. New to the players this holiday season are Donald Austin, Max Clarke, Zachary Demott, Audrey Donoven, Mariah Gillette, Chloe Helmer, Caitlin Hobbs, Elizabeth Hobbs, Alli Kerr, Liam Kerr, Maggie O’Leary, Annilea Murphy, Ben Nichols, Calisteia Nichols, Caylyn Salmonsen, and Nicole Williams.

The Nutcracker runs November 29, December 2,3,8,9,10 at the Frances Marion Brown Theatre in The Oswego Civic Arts Center. This production is presented with special permission from Dramatic Publishing. Patrons are encouraged to bring an unopened toy to the theater to donate to our Toys for Tots drive. Get your tickets today by calling the box office at 315.343.5138.

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