THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER

Genre: Dance, Kids, Musical
Written by Ellen Kushner with music by Shirim Klezmer and directed by Linda Ames Key

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce its family holiday offering, "THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER." Based on the award-winning book The Golden Dreydl by ELLEN KUSHNER, the production features music by PETER ILLYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, arranged by MICHAEL McLAUGHLIN & DAVID HARRIS and performed by THE SHIRIM KLEZMER ORCHESTRA, a book by ELLEN KUSHNER, direction by LINDA AMES KEY, and choreography by DAX VALDES. 

"THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER" tells the story of Sara, who is miserable at the family Chanukah party. But when mysterious Tante Miriam arrives with the gift of a Golden Dreydl, everything changes. The Dreydl is an enchanted princess in disguise and whirls Sara away on an exciting adventure through a magical world. "THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER" is a delightful spin on the traditional story of "The Nutcracker," and weaves together threads of Jewish folklore with fantasy, humor and holiday cheer.

The cast includes JONATHAN BAUCHMAN, TONI ANN DENOBLE, DAN GORDON, ALAN HOUSER, CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL LACEY, LINDSEY LEVINE, MELANA LLOYD, JULIE MCKAY DANIELLE STRAUSS, BETHANY WHITE and ELLEN KUSHNER as Tante Miriam.


About the Company: Vital Theatre Company

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people's lives. The company creates stories that challenge its audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue. Programming includes Vital Main Stage, which produces work for adults on the main stage, and Vital Signs New Works Festival, a series of one-act plays. Vital Children's Theatre commissions, develops and produces new musicals performed by adults for families. To date the company has seen 28 plays and musicals go on to publication. Vital Theatre Company's Arts in Education Programs have reached over 60 schools and 15,000 students through live performances, post-show workshops and long-term residencies with schools in! cluding Fordham School for the Arts, New Explorers High School in the Bronx and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School.

Open:   12/06/08
Close:   01/03/09

Schedule:
Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Special evening performances on December 18th, 19th, 22nd, and 26th at 7pm. There will also be additional performances on December 29th, 30th and 31st and on January 1st and 2nd at 1pm.
Theater:   McGinn Cazale Theatre
Address:   2162 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
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Cost:$20 for all tickets
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Vital Theatre Company at 212-579-0528
Presented by: Vital Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.vitaltheatre.org