Ballet Theatre of Scranton presents annual Nutcracker Ballet

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Elizabeth Conway, a Dunmore resident, will appear as the Sugarplum Fairy in this year’s production of the Nutcracker presented by the Ballet Theatre of Scranton.

Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University will present their 40th anniversary annual free performances of The Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 26,  27 and 28 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. each day at Marywood’s  Sette LaVerghetta Center For Performing Arts.

While there is no charge, reserved seat tickets are available to the general public , on a first-come , first serve basis, at the Marywood box office (2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton) two hours prior to the specific performance.

For additional information please call 570-347-2867 (BTOS).

The original Scranton production was first conceived  by the Company’s late founder Constance Reynolds, a native of Scotland, to thank the NEPA community for their welcoming hospitality .  In return, since 1976, her company “gave back” to the community through the gift of The Nutcracker during the holiday season . The tradition continues under the direction of Mrs. Reynolds chosen successor, Joanne Arduino, current Artistic Director.

Since its first presentation, over 350,000 citizens, from within a 60 mile radius, have enjoyed the production and have made it a part of their holiday tradition.  

Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University have maintained the free production through the dedication of its Board, Directors and Dancers and the generosity of local benefactors. Over 150 people are involved in the annual event including professional designers, technicians and guest artists.

To date, the production has been staged 270 times as a free gift; 4800 regional dancers have performed , and hundreds of volunteers, including the artistic staff, technicians , designers, and dancers, have donated their time and talents.

A few highlights of Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s Nutcracker gift are toys coming to life, snow falling on dancing snowflakes, a traveling angel who transports Clara and her Prince on their magical journey, and a 20 foot growing Christmas tree.

Calendar of Events

Santa Trolley Runs

The Electric City Trolley Museum will hold a series of Holiday season trips, designed to bring cheer to the less fortunate.Santa Claus will be riding the trolley on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.  Departure times for the rides with Jolly St. Nick are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the Santa ride.The 10-mile trip goes to the Trolley Works Building at the PNC Field and back to the Museum. For more information and reservations, call the Museum at 570-963-6590.

Photos with Santa

Everyone’s favorite holiday celebrity is making a visit to Fidelity Bank Santa Claus will meet and greet children from 10a.m. to noon. on Saturday Dec. 5 at the West Scranton Branch Office located at 400 South Main Avenue.

All area children and their families are invited.   Each family will receive a free 5×7 photo, a free piggy bank and other fun, holiday treats.

Christmas Bazaar

St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 116 Theodore St., Scranton, will offer a two-day Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featuring dozens of local artisans and vendors, the event will provide an ideal opportunity for one-stop Christmas shopping, and will include crafts, gifts, ornaments, baked goods, and a basket raffle. Lunch will be available. Admission is free.  

For further information call the Parish Office at 570-343-0634, or email

Marywood Art Exhibit

Marywood University Art Galleries and the department of Visual Arts will present an exhibition by four master of arts candidates. The group exhibition features the thesis work of graduate students AmaniAshour, printmaking; Nadine Kloss-Gannon, photography; Sea Macleish, printmaking; and Natalie Seeuwen, art education.

The master of arts exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m., and will be on exhibit until Friday, Dec. 18,  in the Mahady Gallery on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts. Gallery hours for December are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Train Display

The Antracite Hi-Railers Model Railroad Club will present an O Gauge Train Display on Dec. 5, 12, and 16 , and Jan. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bill’s Shop Rite Plaza, Daleville. The O-Gauge modular layout features Lionel Legacy and MTH’s DCS control systems.Admission is free, but donations of bathroom tissue, bath soap, facial tissues, multi-purpose household cleaner, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent and toothpaste will be collected to benefit the North Pocono Dry Goods Pantry.


DHS Cheerleaders attend Penn State clinic

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The Dunmore High School varsity football cheerleaders recently attended a cheerleading clinic at Penn State University conducted by the Penn State cheerleaders and Lionettes and also attended a football game in which they learned a dance to perform at halftime at Beaver Stadium.

Kneeling from left are: Cori Pietruszkiewicz, Celia Hartshorn, co-captain Maeve King, captain Caroline Barone,co-captain Nina Bonavoglia, Kate Adams, Megan Hartshorn, and Kathleen Klatt. Standing, same order: Stephanie Kolozieski , Justine Lim, Rachel Alunni,Vanessa Vinskofski, Cessna Pendon, Mara Walsh, Julia Lowe,Mackenzie Senatore, Marissa Moraski, and Taylor Ruane.

DHS cheerleaders are coached by Mrs. Sherry Nicolais assisted by Mrs.Sara Worozbyt.