Dunmore sisters featured in annual “Nutcracker” production

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This year’s performance of “The Nutcracker” will feature a sister act from our borough of Dunmore. Catherine Conway (kneeling left), Mae Conway (kneeling right) and Elizabeth Conway will be a part of the company presenting the Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s 41st production of “The Nutcracker.”

To date, “The Nutracker” has been staged 270 times, and 4,800 regional dancers have taken the stage to bring this Christmas gift to the community.

This year, Elizabeth Conway will take on the role of the Sugarplum Fairy, reprising her role from last year. Also featured in the production will be Selena Knowlton as Clara and Kegan Lance as the Nutcracker Prince.

BTOS and Marywood University will present the annual free performances of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 26, 27 and 28th at Marywood’s Sette LaVerghetta Theatre. There will be shows at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day.

Free tickets for the general public will be available two hours prior to the specific performance at the Marywood box office.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of 4 tickets per person per performance will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

Interested in becoming a Nutcracker sponsor? Seating benefits come to all those who support this annual holiday tradition! Visit www.balletscranton.org or call 570-347-2867  

Ballet Theatre’s senior company to present Coppelia

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Dunmore resident Elizabeth Conway, a member of the Ballet Theatre of Scranton, will perform in Coppelia.

The Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s  senior company will present the full length comic ballet Coppelia on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at The Theater at North in Scranton.

Restaged by Artistic Director Joanne Arduino, Coppelia is the story of a life-like doll, a toymaker, and a young betrothed couple and is full of trickery, magic and love. The ballet dates back to the late 19th century and the music of Leo Delibes is both rousing and charming.  It is a ballet to be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.

For tickets go to www.tututix.com or for information call 570-347-2867.

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.