“The Nutcracker” to be Presented at Circle Drive-In

Ballet Theatre of Scranton, under the artistic direction of Joanne Arduino, will present its 45th annual performances of “The Nutcracker” quite differently this season, but the tradition of their gift to the community will continue! 

In partnership with Goodwill’s Theater at North and sponsored by the Charles DeNaples family, the production will be presented at the Circle Drive In on Nov. 20 and 21st at 5 and 8 pm. Admission is free and the first 300 cars will be admitted. Kick off the holiday season and enjoy the comfort of your own car as you and your family view visions of sugarplums on the big screen!

Dunmore’s Celia Eagen will be featured in the role of Clara. Additionally, on Dec 23-26, FOX 56 will present the production on their stations WOLF, WSWB and WQMY. Check local listings for air times.

For additional information, call Ballet Theatre of Scranton at 570-347-2867 or visit us on the web at www.balletscranton.org

Annual “The Nutcracker” Production Moves to Theater at North

Nutcracker at NorthBallet Theatre of Scranton will move its annual holiday gift of The Nutcracker to its new home at the Theater at North this December. This original Scranton production has been presented for 44 years  free of charge to the community and has been enjoyed by over 350,000 people to date.

Public free performances are held each year on Dec 26, 27 and 28 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating the production’s new home are shown seated from left:  Kate Jones, CEO of Goodwill Industries NEPA, and Dr Kimberly D’Andrea , president of Ballet Theatre of Scranton.

Standing, same order: Gerald T.Langan, president emeritus of Goodwill, and Joanne D. Arduino, Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre.

Ballet Theatre of Scranton to Present “Cinderella”

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Among the Dunmore residents appearing in Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s production of Cinderella are on floor: Michael Brown. Standing, from left: Celia Eagen and Mary Katherine Connor. Artistic Director Joanne Arduino is also a Dunmore resident.

Ballet Theatre of Scranton senior company will present the classic spell-binding fairytale, “Cinderella,”on Saturday, May 4, at 20 and 7:30 p.m. at the Theater at North.

Preprare to be enchanted as Artistic Director Joanne Arduino and her company present this full length rags-to-riches story ballet .  

Leading the cast of over 50 regional dancers are Selena Knowlton as Cinderella and Jose Hurtado as the Prince.  

Both dancers are students at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia.

Ms. Knowlton is a high school senior and trained at and is a member of Ballet Theatre of Scranton.  

Elizabeth Conway , a BTOS alumna, will dance the role of the Fairy Godmother.

The technical staff includes Emmy award winning lighting designer and Scranton native, Dennis M. Size.

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Dunmoreans appearing in “Cinderella” include at center back Elizabeth Conway and at bottom right is Celia Eagen. Also pictured are Lucy Doherty, Lily Pavuk and Abigail Davis.

The production is based on the Bolshoi ballet production and was originally staged by internationally-known master, Henry Danton in 1994 for BTOS, when Karen Keeler starred as Cinderella.  

Ms. Keeler is currently the Creative Director for The Rockettes in New York City.

In 2011, Mrs. Arduino restaged the production and will do so again this year, with a new generation of dancers.

Complete with beautiful scenery and costumes and a life-size pumpkin coach, the production is sure to be magical for young and old alike!

For tickets or other information about the show, please visit www.tututix.com or call 570-342-2867.