December 7, 2018 Arts Calendar
2018-12-07 19:30 2018-12-07 21:30 America/New_York The Nutcracker Tang Theatre Andover

The Nutcracker

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Tang Theatre

Traditional Tchaikovsky ballet set in colonial Andover

The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present its original version of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Directed and choreographed by Judith Wombwell, the famous ballet has been performed by Phillips Academy students since 1996. Ms. Wombwell, along with original design team Billy Murray and Bruce Bacon, has re-imagined the setting to represent colonial Andover with mice and soldiers becoming revolutionary war figures and party guests celebrating in the Abbot barn. Clara’s journey through the holiday tree into the Land of Sweets remains true to the original ballet in its timeless story of a child’s fantasy. 

This year the second act has undergone a substantial reimagining of choreography to bring the focus in on Clara’s journey through the magical Land of the Sweets. Students Estelle Zhu ’20 and Samantha Lee ’20 rechoreographed the Tea variation to include authentic Chinese traditional dance and elements of rhythmic gymnastics. For the first time in our history of performing Nutcracker, the role of Sugar Plum will be played by students Uanne Chang ’20 and Yishu Chen ’19, and the Cavalier by Romulus Sottile ’19 and faculty member Kareem Lewis. All variations join together through the scenes in a statement of unity.

The Nutcracker’s key role of Clara is shared by senior Emily Jackson and upper Sophia Esposito. Other lead roles include Katherine Wang ’21 and Claudine Waggoner ’20 partnered by Henry Crater ’20 in the role of the Snow King and Queen, and Emerson Judson ’20 and Michelle Jeon ’19 as lead Arabian. In addition to The Nutcracker’s principal dancers, this year’s production will include over 100 cast members including Phillips Academy students, faculty members and young children from the PA community. The part of Drosselmeyer will be shared by faculty members Mark Cutler and Mika Latva-Kokko.

The costume re-design for The Nutcracker is made possible by a grant from the Abbot Academy Association, continuing Abbot's tradition of boldness, innovation, and caring.

Ticket Info

Tickets are now on sale for our Fall Dance Performance, The Nutcracker, choreographed by Judith Wombwell. Performances are in Tang Theatre on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each. For tickets to one of our performances, you can either:

  • Call the box office at x4433 and leave your name, phone number, performance date and time, and the number of tickets you wish to reserve. We will only contact you if there is a problem.
  • Stop by the box office (or the desk across from Tang) located in George Washington Hall during one of the times below and see Rachel Andersen to purchase or reserve tickets.

Reserved tickets will be released to the wait list 10 minutes before the show begins, so plan accordingly.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Nutcracker Tickets Box Office Times

  • Thursday, November 29 — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 30 — 11:30am to 3:00pm 
  • Monday, December 3 — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 4 — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, December 5 — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, December 6 — 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Friday, December 7 — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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