As legend has it, Drosselmeyer, a magician and maker of mechanical dolls, once cast a spell that chased away all of the mice and rats that lived in the Royal Palace...all but their Rat King. In revenge the Rat King, transformed Drosselmeyer's nephew into a Nutcracker doll. Only by killing the Rat King and being loved by a young girl can his nephew be released from the spell.
So what happens next? To find out come see the show!
The cast includes: Clara (Angeline Pendolino and Abby Mullen), the Nutcracker (Darin Paden), Herr Drosselmeyer (Brian Thummler), the Sugar Plum Fairy (Mary Bajek, Alyssa Beck, Kaitlyn Bontrager), the Cavalier (Jens Petersen), the Snow Queen (Anne Clement and Emily Erdeljac), and the Dew Drop (Hallie Kirdahy and Lauren Mullen).
There will be two special school performances at 9 and 1 on Wednesday, Nov. 24 for PENNCREST and Crawford Central third graders. Public Performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov 26 & 27 at 7, and Saturday and Sunday, Nov 27 & 28 at 1. To buy tickets call the Academy Theatre Box Office at 337-8000 or online at www.theacademytheatre.org.