A new Nutcracker set to period streetscapes, storefronts and homes from Germantown

An exciting new version of “The Nutcracker” ballet set in late 19th century Philadelphia will be staged by the Philadelphia Dance Theatre on Nov. 25 and 26 in the Kurtz Performing Arts Center at the William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. School House Lane in Germantown.

The production, which will feature authentic period streetscapes, storefronts and homes from Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill as backdrops, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

After 10 years of presenting a traditional “Nutcracker,” PDT artistic director Joy Delaney Capponi, of Mt. Airy, said she felt that the rich history of these Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods should be shared and celebrated in a new version of the seasonal favorite ballet.

The scenery and stage settings, by Mt. Airy artist and educator Christopher Fox, will replicate area locales in the late 1800s. The traditional party scene in Act I will be set in the Thomas Mansion on Wissahickon Avenue, a Gothic style home built in 1869. The Land of the Snow Queen will be “Tommy’s Hill,” the Northwest’s favorite sledding spot in Fairmount Park.

Act II sets will highlight several Germantown Avenue merchants where Clara and her Prince will explore the shops and sample sweets from local bakers and candy makers.

The new production was made possible by a grant from the Marjorie Silvus Foundation, and the Victorian costumes in Act I, by a grant from the Chestnut Hill Rotary Club.

Ticket information is available at www.philadancetheatre.org.

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